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Location, Location, Location!


“Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.” - Charles Eames

When it’s time to decide on a venue for an event you’re hosting, nothing is more stressful than not having the perfect location and set-up to tie everything together. Cue the Summer of 2007 and The Hills episode titled “Stress and the City.” I sat admiring Whitney Port as she presented a venue option to the Teen Vogue staff for the Young Hollywood Party. I remember distinctly Port’s composure as the staff grilled her with appropriate questions and concerns followed by the dismissal of her many suggestions.

Choosing a location for a client, staff party, or corporate event you’re on the committee for requires time and patience. It is important to do your research and make sure you are aware of the interests of your client (or target audience). This includes being privy to the number of attendees to ensure that venue size is adequate. It is also crucial you check around to make sure there are no other events going on at the same time as your client’s event. The last thing you want to discover on event day is a larger event happening within the same area that draws a larger crowd.

Be creative. One of the most useful tools for a successful event day is playing up on what the venue location has to offer. As you take the time to visit locations, take pictures to remember each venue. After seeing all of the options, lay out all the photos to visualize your choices. This is a great way to differentiate the venues and see what each one has to offer. If there is something unique about one venue, use this to your advantage.

Be mindful of your budget. Make sure that before researching locations you ask your team or client the financial details. If you propose a venue location that is out of your client’s price range, you are wasting your time, as well as your clients. Keep all of these notes in mind prior to selecting options. At the end of the day, you want the publicity from your event to be positive. Ultimately, the success of your event begins with location.

Have any other suggestions on choosing an event location? Sound off below or join in on the convo @Sam__Dickson

- S.


If you can’t take the heat…

Everyone knows that every job comes with a side order of stress – make that a giant bowl. Whether you are pressed to meet deadlines, on the brink of a new promotion, or made a mistake that (you think) everyone noticed, it’s inevitable that you’re bound to run into a mild breakdown at some point.

Amidst all the chaos, it is crucial to stay calm and focused in order to move forward with grace. In case you are looking for a little refresher, especially during this summer heat, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re plate is piled a little too high!

  1. Take a break – When crunch time approaches in the office, things can get tense. Take a minute to walk outside, or even away from your desk to get some air. The last thing you want to do is take things personally and get upset.
  2. Food for thought – Remember to munch! As event day approaches, we all know that meals can be the last thing on our minds. Keep a handful of almonds or an apple on hand for those times when you need a small pick-me-up.
  3. Meet up with family, friends, or colleagues – In times of stress, the best listeners are the people close to you. Sometimes a break with people who know you best can take your mind off the to-do list in the back of your head.
  4. Set aside a “you” day – Nothing says R&R like a day dedicated to you. Whether you spend all-day Sunday watching movies, or need an extra long stroll in the park, sometimes the perfect stress reliever is time to collect your own thoughts on your own time.
  5. Ask Questions – If something is bothering you in the office, don’t be afraid to ask questions! A lot of the time unneeded stress can be caused by a simple question you are afraid to ask – and most of the time you will be surprised on how much clarity will help!
  6. Zzz … – Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. I can’t say this enough! Try your best to get a full night’s sleep at all costs. You will feel rejuvenated and ready to work when you aren’t exhausted from staying up all night.

Do you have a tip that helps you keep the stress away?

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- S.