I know, I know. Right about now you’re getting pretty sick and tired of talking about wish lists. In event planning there are so many external factors involved in orchestrating a successful meeting or event. And most need to be executed simultaneously. But it seems that, more often than not, Murphy’s Law always seems to rear its ugly head. Enter the WishList.
As we head into the new year many of you are busy making resolutions about how to do things differently. Or, if you’re like me, perhaps you’re thinking: just once can it please not rain on my outdoor event.
An Ideal Event Planning WishList
These five things, which may seem small, would be enough to send a meeting planner over the moon. And I mean over the moon with joy if they actually happened.
Voicemail vs a real live person. Just once how nice would it be to call your supplier when a situation is occurring and not hear: I’m sorry I can’t take your call personally right now, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible? Usually as I’m dialing the number my inside voice is saying: I swear if I get voicemail I’m going to rip someone’s head off. At least I think I use my inside voice.
The event comes in under budget. Budgets are a big focus in our industry. And rightfully so. However I know a few meeting planners that would fall over backwards if their suppliers told them that their events actually came in under budget.
Wi-Fi connects on the first attempt. Why is it that you can enter the same password three, four times and yet it only connects on the last attempt? Or it keeps dropping after you’ve connected. I’m sorry, technology is not supposed to act that way. If I have the correct password then it bloody well better connect on the first try and stay connected.
Your hotel contact informs you that everyone booked using the room block. What is it with room blocks and delegates somehow never booking their rooms through them? And what is it with room rates being below my room block for the same bloody room?
The shuttle bus really is around the corner. Just kidding, that never happens…