How to easily organise a professional event

How to easily organise a professional event

Com­pa­nies reg­u­lar­ly organ­ise events to meet their objec­tives, whether that means improv­ing their brand image, pre­sent­ing a new prod­uct or ser­vice, offer­ing train­ing, or organ­is­ing con­fer­ences or con­ven­tions.

By fol­low­ing a few sim­ple prin­ci­ples, you too can suc­cess­ful­ly organ­ise your pro­fes­sion­al event. In this arti­cle, we share our rec­om­men­da­tions for organ­is­ing an event that lives up to your expec­ta­tions and those of your guests.

Planning is an essential tool for achieving the aims of a corporate event.


    1. Objective, target audience and type of event

    objectif et cible evenement professionnel

    Not all pro­fes­sion­al events are alike. Depend­ing on your objec­tive and tar­get audi­ence, the type of pro­fes­sion­al event will be dif­fer­ent.

    a) Objective

    Your event must have an objec­tive. To iden­ti­fy this, ask your­self: why am I organ­is­ing this pro­fes­sion­al event?

    Here are some exam­ple objec­tives:

    • To launch a new prod­uct or ser­vice
    • To gath­er your employ­ees for a com­pa­ny par­ty
    • To bring your teams togeth­er through a sem­i­nar
    • To cre­ate an oppor­tu­ni­ty for pro­fes­sion­al net­work­ing
    • To boost your company’s pro­file
    • To share your exper­tise with an expe­ri­enced audi­ence

    b) Target audience

    Defin­ing your objec­tive will allow you to offer your event to the right tar­get audi­ence. Would it be more appro­pri­ate to invite your employ­ees, clients or prospects? How many peo­ple can you host at your event?

    c) Type of event

    Once you’ve iden­ti­fied your objec­tive and tar­get audi­ence, you’ll have a clear­er idea of the type of event you should organ­ise. The for­mat of your event must be care­ful­ly thought out to attract your tar­get audi­ence and max­imise their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

    For exam­ple, it could be:

    • an evening event in a cel­e­bra­to­ry venue
    • a con­fer­ence in an audi­to­ri­um
    • a mul­ti-day trip to a for­eign town or city
    • a day of pre­sen­ta­tions and round­ta­bles

    2. Location, date and time of the event

    date evenement professionnel

    Once you’ve defined the broad out­lines of your pro­fes­sion­al event, it’s time to look at the details of its organ­i­sa­tion such as its loca­tion, date and time.

    a) Location

    When look­ing for a loca­tion for your pro­fes­sion­al event, keep in mind the num­ber of atten­dees expect­ed. This num­ber will deter­mine the amount of space need­ed to hold the event.

    Remem­ber that out­door events are gen­er­al­ly more infor­mal than indoor ones.

    To stand out, make your event an orig­i­nal expe­ri­ence for your atten­dees. You can do this by hir­ing an unusu­al venue or pro­vid­ing unusu­al activ­i­ties. To help with this, we offer you 4 tips and ideas for organ­is­ing an orig­i­nal pro­fes­sion­al event.

    b) Date

    To ensure that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble come to your event, the date must be cho­sen with the utmost care. Iden­ti­fy the ide­al date by tak­ing into account your tar­get audi­ence and their habits. Think about their expec­ta­tions based on their age, fam­i­ly sit­u­a­tion or pro­fes­sion­al activ­i­ty.

    As well as your tar­get audi­ence, you should also con­sid­er the weath­er. If you’re plan­ning an out­door event, you should of course avoid the rainy and cold months in your region.

    Make it eas­i­er for your­self by read­ing our advice in our blog post: How to choose the date of your event?

    c) Time

    Although this might seem like a mere detail, the choice of time for your event is very impor­tant. This is espe­cial­ly true giv­en that it’s a pro­fes­sion­al event!

    If your event falls with­in the scope of your guests’ mis­sions and sec­tor (e.g. a spe­cialised con­fer­ence), there’s no rea­son you can’t hold it in the mid­dle of the day. How­ev­er, if your event is cen­tred on infor­mal meet­ings and net­work­ing, evenings seem more appro­pri­ate.

    Will your guests main­ly be trav­el­ling to your event by pub­lic trans­port? If so, make sure your event’s tim­ing is suit­ed to the local trans­port net­work.

    3. Budget for the event

    budget evenement professionnel

    Draw­ing up a bud­get and stick­ing to it is one of the pil­lars of event organ­i­sa­tion. With­out mon­ey, it will be dif­fi­cult (but not impos­si­ble!) to organ­ise a suc­cess­ful event.

    In one col­umn, list your finan­cial means: how much mon­ey do you have to organ­ise your pro­fes­sion­al event? Where does this mon­ey come from? Can you eas­i­ly exceed this bud­get, or should you spend as lit­tle as pos­si­ble?

    In the oth­er col­umn, list your dif­fer­ent expens­es (venue, sup­pli­ers, cater­ing etc.) and the asso­ci­at­ed costs.
    To help you draw up your bud­get, read our blog post: Basic rules to cre­ate your event’s bud­get.

    4. Content of the event

    contenu evenement professionnel

    The next step is to think about and cre­ate your pro­fes­sion­al event’s con­tent.

    To achieve this, ask your­self the fol­low­ing ques­tions:

    • What will be the main high­lights and activ­i­ties?
    • Who will be the speak­ers?
    • How will the guests be wel­comed? What about the end of the event?
    • Depend­ing on the time of day, should there be a food offer­ing? Sweet or savoury?

    Try to answer all the ques­tions your atten­dees might have before they come to your event. That way, you can ensure that your event is well organ­ised and meets all your guests’ needs.

    5. Communication around the event

    communication evenement professionnel

    Your event’s organ­i­sa­tion wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a good com­mu­ni­ca­tion strat­e­gy. Indeed, think­ing about your com­mu­ni­ca­tion strat­e­gy suf­fi­cient­ly in advance will allow you to attract more atten­dees and build loy­al­ty among them.

    a) Communicating before a professional event

    Before your pro­fes­sion­al event, plan sev­er­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion actions to attract your tar­get audi­ence.

    Think about vary­ing the media you use to com­mu­ni­cate (e.g. email, social net­works, web­site, press) and the for­mat (e.g. text, audio, video, visu­al).

    Remem­ber that email remains one of the most effec­tive mar­ket­ing levers today. To help you attract atten­dees by this means, dis­cov­er two ded­i­cat­ed blog arti­cles:

    b) Communicating during a professional event

    On the day of your pro­fes­sion­al event, keep com­mu­ni­cat­ing!

    This can help you attract new inter­est­ed atten­dees, pro­vide the nec­es­sary infor­ma­tion to every­one, and also broad­en the reach of your event.

    If peo­ple fol­low you on social net­works but were unable or unwill­ing to attend your event, you can still send them behind-the-scenes news from the day to make them want to join you at the next edi­tion.

    c) Communicating after a professional event

    Com­mu­ni­ca­tion around your pro­fes­sion­al event should not stop after the event. Plan oth­er actions to take advan­tage of your tar­get audience’s recent inter­est in your event.

    Here are some exam­ples of effec­tive post-event com­mu­ni­ca­tions:

    You now hold the key to organ­is­ing a suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sion­al event!

    You too can take advan­tage of our tick­et­ing, access con­trol and mail­ing solu­tions to meet and exceed your tar­gets.

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