An event planner is a professional who assists clients in organizing parties, weddings, conventions, corporate meetings, and other events. They coordinate details, make arrangements with contractors, and ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day of the event.
Trade shows bring together many brands with a common theme. This type of interactive event requires exhibition stands and interesting partners to create memorable experiences for its audience. Seminars are similar to conferences, but they are entirely dedicated to instruction and training. They are often done in series and involve smaller groups than conferences. Conferences are large-scale events held in convention centers or conference rooms. They can also be held virtually.
Trade shows cover an industry or topic rather than a single company. They can be small or huge and have a few guests or hundreds of thousands. They feature exhibitions, showcases, speakers, and sometimes entertainment. Trade fairs are usually held in convention centers or conference rooms, but they don't work as well virtually.
The planning and execution of seminars is similar to that of conferences. The focus is on learning, training, and imparting information. Seminars may have high attendance but are often divided into smaller groups for more effective training. Seminars can be held anywhere depending on size and scope; ideally, you need a place with smaller areas or rooms for learning and larger spaces for socializing.
Company and off-site meetings tend to be smaller in scale but more exclusive. They can be anything from board meetings or executive meetings to stakeholder meetings, external training, company relaunches, rebranding, or something else entirely. Team building events were popular a few years ago and may still be planned at some point. The scope of the event will depend on the customer; it can be on a small scale with a few dozen people or something much larger with several hundred people.
Team building events can include outdoor activities, indoor competitions, seminars, presentations, physical and mental challenges. The places are equally diverse; from centers or forests to the outside to concert halls or stately homes.
Budgeting, sponsorship, venue selection, and accessibility are all important considerations when planning an event. Recently, virtual and hybrid events have become very popular; many types of live events can be held online.
From virtual and corporate events to fundraisers and festivals, there are many types of events that can be organized. Corporate events are activities organized by a company for employees, customers, stakeholders, charities or the public; the target audience depends on the objective of the event.
Some corporate events will be held quarterly or annually while others may be one-time activities such as launching a new product or service or celebrating staff achievements. Workshops and training sessions offer value to companies by connecting them with both staff and audiences.
Social events should respond to people's personal interests and tend to revolve around food and entertainment. Festivals are organized series of events or performances around a common theme such as music, food or comedy; they can last a day or more.
Food festivals include food trucks, live demonstrations and tents selling gastronomic products as innovative ingredients or the latest kitchen utensils; they often focus on a certain topic such as vegan food or international cuisine.
Community events bring people together to create positive change and build relationships between people in a city or neighborhood. Hybrid events involve face-to-face and virtual elements; they meet the needs of both types of attendees.
Conferences have been held as hybrid events even before the pandemic; for example, some conference creators chose to host hybrid events so that attendees could participate from anywhere in the world.