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Keep The Boss Happy: Planning/Preparing For A Hassle-Free Corporate Event

If your boss already manages a lot of employees, there’s a good chance that you don’t need to add to their stress when it comes to corporate events. In most cases, you don’t have to. In fact, you can both make a good name for yourself as an employee and keep your boss happy by doing a lot of the planning and preparing for a corporate event yourself.

What’s that? You don’t know how to begin planning a corporate event, let alone start booking for one? That’s okay: we have you covered. In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know to keep your boss happy as well as your next corporate event fun and enjoyable.

Food: Where it All Starts
Think about the last time you went to an event where they had good food. Chances are no matter how well the rest of the evening went, you have a pretty good memory of it. That’s how important good food is: it can make or break the entire night for entire swaths of people. So make sure you’re on top of the food by hiring a good catering service.

How can you be sure you’re hiring the best possible service? Do a lot of research. Consult online reviews, find word-of-mouth recommendations, and start calling around to see which catering service displays the most professional customer interaction. After a while, you’ll start to get a feel for who’s the best caterer in your area.

The Venue: Location, Location, Location
Okay, so a venue for an event is more than location. It has to have everything you need for your specific corporate event, which means you’ll have to handle most of the research on your own. You should look for venues that are both size-appropriate (you’ll need a solid head count before starting) and that specialize in your type of event. That experience will help ensure that the venue’s staff will know how to handle any problems that could arise during the night’s proceedings.

Start with a Budget and Work From There
It’s important that your event is planned with a budget in mind from the beginning, because if you go over-budget, you’re suddenly adding to your boss’s worries. Instead, make sure that you start with a budget in mind and make decisions from there instead of hoping the numbers all add up at the end of your planning.

When In Doubt, Test in Person
It’s not a bad idea to scout out locations and catering yourself – it’s the only way you really can know for sure whether or not you’re spending your company’s money wisely. You also may have to answer the question “did you test this venue/food?” at some point, so it’s good to keep yourself accountable to the project. Think about it this way: there are worse ways to spend a weekday afternoon at work than sampling a local catering company’s menu or checking out an exciting venue!

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Meg Jones works with a corporate catering company and enjoys writing about parties and events of the highest caliber.  Stop by to see what they can do for your next event.


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