The Event Manager Survival Kit

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As an Event Manger you need to be a natural organiser, sometimes managing hundreds of people to deliver your event on time and on budget.  It can be daunting and while there are no secret shortcuts to becoming an experienced guru we have created a list of the Top 10 Items Event Managers’ need in their job Survival Kit.

Here’s out list of must-haves when on location at events.

  • 1. A Good Sense of Humour
    A big commitment to an event can make people a little bit stressed as they strive to achieve the maximum return on investment in a short space of time. Occasionally, things can do go wrong! A sense of humour in tricky situations lightens the mood and clears brain power for focusing on averting potentially disastrous situations with quick thinking and sometimes even quicker footwork. At Event Planet, we say, there are always variables to consider so it’s not always what happens but how it’s dealt with that matters most.

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  • 2. Tape Measure
    Will the Ice Sculpture (insert any large, unwieldy object here) fit through the doorway? Accurate measurements and a ‘to scale’ floorplan can save a lot of time, risks and nasty surprises during any event set up. “Measure twice, cut once” is a good mantra for any Event Manager.

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  • 3. Gaffer Tape
    Event Managers can never have enough gaffer tape at the ready. It’s the one thing to not let out of your sight as it does tend to go walkabout during bump in. If you have a quandary, an errant cable, a trip hazard or something that needs to be displayed on a vertical or horizontal surface ask if gaffer tape fix it? The answer is usually yes. Then the only decision is whether to use black or white or some other colour to make everything look seamless.

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  • 4. Cable Ties
    This is the simple plastic tie that can secure many things in many ways. There is nothing worse than an unsightly spaghetti jumble of cords hanging out the back of the AV production desk or at a lectern. Tie it up for presentation and safety.

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  • 5. Great Scissors
    Events usually involved a lot of stuff being delivered to the venue in boxes and trying to unpack them under time pressure. Saving stress by have the right tool for the job is the key. Make it easy to get into the boxes by having a great pair of scissors, a Stanley knife or a pocket knife on hand! It also helps if you write your name on them so they don’t grow legs and walk away.

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  • 6. Phone Charger and Back Up Power
    Think no party, no power! This item speaks for itself.

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  • 7. Double Sided Tape
    This little gem can hide a multitude of sins. It’s great for taping down signage, taping up decorations, stopping flyaway objects on a windy day and, of course, avoiding all kinds of embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions on the catwalk.

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  • 8. Production Book or Running Sheet
    Every single moment counts at an event. Make sure everyone on the production team knows exactly what is happening and when – minute by minute, second by second – and who is responsible for doing it. The best events are conducted like an orchestra performance not a solo performance!

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  • 9. Cleaning Products
    To ensure every single surface is spic and span a good Event Manager needs a handy suite of cleaning products; spray and wipe, cloths, rubber gloves, towels, Windex, a vacuum cleaner and an eye for detail. The gold standard is for every surface to be so clean someone could eat their dinner off it!

 

  • 10. Water, Water, Water
    Last but not least, all Event Managers need a well-hydrated brain and body to perform at their best. Make sure there is plenty of water onsite for all the event staff, production crews, promotional staff and others, always.

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Have you got anything to add to our list?

Get in touch – we can design and seamlessly produce an event that uses every trick in our Survival Kit.