In the world of Corporate Events, team leaders (and their P.A.s) feel the growing pressure of coming up with a decent Christmas event, something different and something better than last year.
Have you begun your annual trawl through Christmas event company websites yet or at least started receiving dinner package offers from all of the hotels that you only tentatively spoke to last year? If the answer is yes then here are my 5 top tips for your Christmas event planning. 5 top tips to help you avoid letting this rare opportunity of getting everybody together slip by in a disjointed alcohol impaired haze.
1. Celebrate the year’s successes and the achievements of those present. It doesn’t have to be the Oscars but some iTunes vouchers and public slap on the back can go a long way.
2. Structure your event and do something as a team. By providing some kind of fun team game you can improve their cohesion and work on their teaming skills. With all of the food, fun and frolics they won’t even realise that you’ve sneakily run a low cost team building event between courses.
3. Allow for movement. People gravitate towards the people that they relate to, very often they will sit with close colleagues and friends. When organisers try to intercede they can overdo things and force people who don’t know each other to sit together for a formal Christmas meal….yawn. Opting for a top notch buffet with mix and mingle entertainments can really create movement and maximise your internal networking.
4. Beware the booze. Hard one this but try and find some balance with the Bar bill. Having worked in evening events for many years I find that people consistently put too much emphasis on alcohol at the expense of the entertainment, quality of the food, venue, prizes etc. Remember that many people don’t drink and many others don’t want to lose control but they do want great conversation, great food and they do want to be entertained.
5. Get in early. Environment is everything. If you’re in a windowless grubby room in a crumby hotel it’s hard to do anything but reach for the booze (see 4.). In the world of Christmas event planning the early Robin really does catch the Christmas worm. Secure your room as early as you can and the rest will fall into place.
Good luck! If you need any more help then give us a shout at +44(0)1905330660 / firstname.lastname@example.org ! (sorry, I couldn’t resist).
Director EML Team: