A checklist for organisers to run the perfect event

Organising a big event takes a lot of skill and patience – a consolidated checklist is always helpful.

Whether you’re organising an outdoor music festival or a business expo, there are a few non-negotiables when it comes to planning. Even seasoned pros in the project management industry

Whether you’re organising an outdoor music festival or a business expo, there are a few non-negotiables when it comes to planning. Even seasoned pros in the project management industry forget a couple of things once in a while, which is why we think it is imperative that you have a consolidated list of organisational points to assist you with the planning.
We’ve separated this list into three different sections; months before the event, weeks before and on the day of.

A few months before the event:

  • Approval

If your event is big or will be held in a public space, you’re going to need government approvals and regulatory licensing and permits. Ensure this is one of your first steps as you cannot go ahead with anything unless these are in place.

  • Budget

Organise the finances of the event early on, especially if you are looking for sponsors. This will set the tone for the rest of the planning because most of the time, decision making is dependent on cost.

  • Location

Book the location as soon as possible. Every other part of the planning process requires the flexibility of knowing where the event will be held.

  • Food vendors

The process of hiring a catering company or different food vendors is often drawn-out, as there is always a lot of back-and-forth regarding menu options and cost. Sort it out as early as possible.

  • Site preparation

Design the layout of the site in order to give the vendors enough information about how much space they have and where their competitors are located, etc.

Weeks before the event:

  • Agenda

Create an agenda outlining the purpose of the event, a timeline and key points throughout the day. This will allow you to work out how many acts (if any) you need to book, and whether you require a host or MC.

  • Marketing

Invitations or promotional material needs to be distributed at least 10 weeks before the event. You need to guarantee numbers but you cannot also market too far in advance as people may forget about the event.

  • Risk management

You require relevant insurance in the event of incidents, and you also need to have the assistance of a few first-aid officers on hand. Create a risk management plan that will outline a risk assessment for stakeholders as well as contingency plans.

  • Maintenance plan

Create a plan to outline various rubbish collection points and recycling efforts. Also, provide information about how you’re going to maintain the site for the duration of the event.

  • Traffic management

Logistics is a key factor and can often put people off of attending a future event. Outline all entry and exit points as well as parking areas and ushers to assist visitors.

  • Security plan

People need to feel safe. Book general security, cash security and crowd control officers in advance.

  • Staff

Book the staff you require on the day and outline their duties and remuneration upfront to avoid any issues after the event.

On the day:

  • Briefing

Brief all staff accordingly so there is no confusion. Encourage questions at the briefing to ensure that you are not inundated with calls throughout the day and dealing with minor issues.

  • Contact list

Distribute a contact list and make sure the staff know who they are reporting to.

  • Check all stations

Three hours before opening, check all stations to ensure everything is in place and in line with what various contracts have stipulated. This is especially important for all audio and visual equipment – technology has the tendency to let us down when we most need it. That way, if there is an issue, you still have time to correct it.

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