Sonia J. Burdick April 11, 2020 Checklist Template
Your meeting planner checklist does not end here. As the date of the meeting draws closer and closer, you have to check and reconfirm that everything`s as you have decided, that there is not any controversy about the venue, date and time, before you finally send out the invitation cards. You also have to finalize on the rough estimate of the number of people who will be attending the meeting, menu and the caterers, the light and sound effects, accommodation for the VIPs and celebrities, who will go to receive them at the airport, whether you will allow TV personnel to give a live coverage of the event, etc.
For most of us life is a constant battle to stay organized, we write lists of the things we need to and when we need to get them done. However, when the tasks we have to get done get a little more complex a good checklist might come in handy to make sure that everything gets done properly. Using a template for a checklist you can create detailed lists that include groupings of particular tasks and checklists to make sure that you get every task done in the proper order and reduce the risk of mistakes being made.
An ideal meeting planner checklist or event planning guide should comprise the goal and theme of the meeting; the agenda of the meeting; the venue of the meeting; an estimate of costs such as venue, refreshments, electricity, and decoration costs; the program of functions to be held and the cost of hiring a DJ and holding functions after taking auditions and getting quotations; initial cost quotations from different bidders on several items; list of sponsorships and the amounts for such sponsorships; the amount to be charged as admission fees; the tentative date of the meeting; the list of invitees and the list of VIPs to be invited; etc.
As the countdown to the meeting begins, there is no time for you to rest at all as you have to work to a feverish pitch. Your meeting planner checklist or corporate event planning checklist becomes your sole companion as you verify, check and recheck whether you have left out something vital, if some new difficulty has arisen, whether everything is proceeding according to plan, etc. The final build-up period to a meeting is the most crucial and can be nerve-racking for meeting planners.
Depending on what your company does you may want to download more than one template for a checklist so that you can create a variety of lists for each task. You can print them on different colored paper to make sure they are easy to see and use a variety of fonts to make them catchy enough that your employees will actually enjoy using them and doing each job right the first time.
The first independently owned restaurant was a success because the restaurant provided exactly what their customers wanted, and found a way to build on it. They built success by being consistent, providing the food and beverages their customers wanted, and having excellent customer service. Using consistency in the restaurant can be maintained by using forms, checklists, spreadsheets and other systems designed to build success.