Creating a High-Performance Volunteer Team

Creating a High-Performance Volunteer Team

Smarticle Volunteers can make or break your event. For non-profit organizations, they are critical to keeping labor costs low, amplifying the productivity of paid staff, accomplishing event objectives, and representing the brand. A well-managed volunteer program helps...
An Introduction to Event Insurance Essentials

An Introduction to Event Insurance Essentials

Smarticle Ask any seasoned event planner, and they will tell you to expect the unexpected on the day of the event. While certain occurrences can be handled by quick thinking and taking preventative measures, other things that could go wrong may require insurance. As a...
8 Tips for an Efficient Check-In Process

8 Tips for an Efficient Check-In Process

Smarticle Why is a smooth check-in experience important? Unless there is valet service, check-in is the first interaction guests have with your event. As a result, it sets the tone for the rest of the event, and it can have a direct impact on your guests’ mood and...
Effective, Low-Cost Ways to Market Your Fundraiser

Effective, Low-Cost Ways to Market Your Fundraiser

Smarticle Whether you’re holding a fundraiser for the first time or the tenth time, you need to market it. Without overthinking all the clever tactics or paid marketing opportunities (your last option if you’re trying to raise money), try picking the low-hanging...
Tackling the Rigors of a Fundraising Auction

Tackling the Rigors of a Fundraising Auction

Smarticle There are two auction formats, and both require considerable effort and planning. To determine whether an auction of either type is feasible for your organization, carefully review the requirements and make sure you have someone with experience running a...
Ideas for Increasing Engagement at Meetings

Ideas for Increasing Engagement at Meetings

Smarticle READ TIME: 2 minutes It’s no secret that attendees who are engaged at meetings retain information more effectively than those who aren’t. In addition, engaged attendees are much more likely to walk away from a meeting or event feeling like they gained...
Managing Event Production Timelines

Managing Event Production Timelines

Smarticle READ TIME: 3 minutes In event and meeting management, it is critical that timelines are established for the planning team, clients, suppliers, venue, and others involved with the planning and delivery of the event. An event production timeline is a tool that...
Leveraging the Whys for a More Profitable Fundraiser

Leveraging the Whys for a More Profitable Fundraiser

Smarticle READ TIME: 6 minutes We know from studies on philanthropy that 72% of charitable donations comes from individuals and the balance from bequests, foundations, and corporate sponsors. We also know why donors give: Know someone who has been helped or served See...
5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Destination Management Company

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Destination Management Company

Smarticle READ TIME: 3 minutes Doing business in an unfamiliar destination comes with specific challenges. A Destination Management Company (DMC) brings local expertise, local knowledge and a set of local resources that can make or break your destination specific...
How to Leverage Insiders to Obtain Fundraiser Sponsors

How to Leverage Insiders to Obtain Fundraiser Sponsors

Smarticle READ TIME: 5 minutes Sponsors are a critical revenue stream for fundraising events. But how does your organization approach sponsors? Who do you task with the job? Members of your community who already know and support your mission are the best advocates for...
What Is a Campfire Setup & When Should You Use It?

What Is a Campfire Setup & When Should You Use It?

Smarticle READ TIME: 2.7 minutes I’ve been reading a lot about Campfire sessions at conferences, and am looking to do something different. What are some best practices in using Campfire setups? What Is a Campfire Setup? This is one of those formats that perfectly...
Important Communication With Entertainers Prior to an Event

Important Communication With Entertainers Prior to an Event

Smarticle READ TIME: 4 minutes Although communicating clearly with entertainers prior to an event seems obvious, it is often overlooked. This results in unnecessary frustration and anxiety on event day. Logistical challenges, miscommunications, and last minute...
How To Run A Q&A Session At Your Event

How To Run A Q&A Session At Your Event

The question and answer portion of a presentation or panel discussion is hold-your-breath time for event organizers, as it can go one of two ways: ONE: It’s either the icing on the cake, a way to engage the audience by letting them air thoughtful questions and...
Diversity and Accessibility – the Coefficients of Inclusion

Diversity and Accessibility – the Coefficients of Inclusion

As Event Leaders it is on us to ensure that any person attending an event will have the same experience – a sizable challenge – but when has our Industry ever shied away from an opportunity to be the voice.  This means as event designers we must think...
Golden Nuggets – The Hidden Value of Professional Development

Golden Nuggets – The Hidden Value of Professional Development

The importance of professional development or lifelong learning, no matter how it is labeled, is often put on the back burner. As our workloads overwhelm us, the need to be in the office to secure new business is top priority or the budget for attending conferences is...
When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

Karma. Fate. Everything happens for a reason.  All possible explanations we and other’s give us when we are faced with life’s unexpected hiccups.  As Event Leaders, working in a fast-paced environment with many “irons in the fire” even a minor crisis can quickly...