Sonia J. Burdick April 7, 2020 Checklist Template
The online diary planner is a very secure meeting planner checklist and an event planning form. You can only access your data with your Username and Password, which the application keeps confidential along with your data in its fail-safe servers. If you wish to consult meeting schedules and agenda with others, you can always share your meeting and agenda details with others through the platform of the online diary. A reliable online diary planner works across different time zones and allows the importing of contacts from other email applications into it.
Here are few important things to remember when you build your checklist: 1. The devil is in the details. Include as many details as possible, even if for your own reference. 2. Include an autodate/time stamp function so each time you update the checklist, the file keeps track of when you did it. 3. Incorporate a way to communicate your checklist. Not every event participant needs your level of detail, nor does everyone need to see the budget. But do develop a nice summary style interface that people can scan for information. Spreadsheets do not lend themselves well to this, but something like Bento by filemaker does. Linking spreadsheet detail to your database is simple. 4. Also incorporate a way to quickly and easily communicate checklist details to everyone. In Bento it is very easy to pull email addresses from your contacts and send the information in just a few keystrokes.
Personally, I use two types of checklists. I use an excel spreadsheet and a filemaker database. They serve two different purposes: 1. The excel or spreadsheet style checklist affords a lot of room for detail and serves well as a simple database. I can plug in dates, times, names and math/budget functions. Budget functions are really important in a checklist in my opinion. For me as an event planner, I live and die by the budget. We can train anyone to plan an event, but planning an event within theme and on or below budget is the sign of a pro. Using a spreadsheet allows us to combine budget details with all of the other event details.
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.
Follow the tasks on your checklist and tick them off as you complete them. You may find it handy to keep an updated version on your computer where you can add notes such as deposits paid and when final payments are due. Use a notebook to record any notes rather than writing them on the checklist itself as it can soon become crowded and illegible!
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.