When it comes to meeting and event planning, there are as many types of meetings and events as there are reasons to have them. Events and meetings bring together people for an assortment of reasons and are used to educate, resolve issues, brainstorm, team build, motivate and so much more. For a meeting or event to be effective and successful it takes a boat load of knowledge, resources and planning, planning, planning.
When planning a meeting or event as equally important as the location, room style and set-up is the meeting type. With all the different kinds of meetings and events along with the various terms to describe them it is imperative to understand the various explanations.
Meeting and Event Planning – Knowledge Starts with Information
When in the process of meeting and event planning it is helpful to categorize the various types of meetings or events with the function reason as well as the type of attendee that will be partaking. With all the kinds of meetings, different gatherings require distinct and different preparations, location, set-up, timing and logistics and so on. Once you establish the meeting type and goal, you then can make the appropriate plans to successfully accomplish the purpose and objectives.
Meeting and Event Planning – Different Types of Meetings
A Seminar is a meeting about a particular subject and is largely planned for education reasons, or is held to instruct and coach groups on certain subject matters and skills. Most often a seminar is led by industry authorities and specialists.
A Conference is a well-planned, executed gathering of a group of individuals to discuss, debate and deliberate specific topics and information. It is larger than a meeting and while similar to a convention it is smaller in size but one thing is for sure; no matter the topic it’s all about communication.
A Symposium is an organized meeting where an authority in a specific industry convenes, presents and communicates. The objective is to talk about and provide ideas, advice and a recommended plan of action.
A Workshop is similar to a seminar and is often misidentified. While like a seminar a workshop is an educationally based event, as a rule a workshop is a group, down to business and participatory activity. Workshops are an excellent set-up for problem solving and teaching, relationship building and hands-on learning experiences.
Meeting and Event Planning – Different Types of Events
A Team Building Event is held to help employees and teams; get to know one another better, improve relationships, build trust, sharpen communication, increase efficiency and work out differences. They can run the gamut from scavenger hunts to chocolate making to white water rafting to a day at the circus.
A Product Launch is the introduction of goods to the marketplace. As a rule this is the first time customers have the opportunity to see and learn about a new product. Industry and media professionals are invited to partake in the launch of the product. More times than not the event is a large one and can add to or take away from a company’s success.
A Tradeshow is a presentation planned for organizations of a particular industry to unveil, explain and showcase services and products to peers, professionals and authorities alike in their industry. It is also about the interaction and connections between individuals sharing experiences and know-how.