Corporate and Special Event Planning

FEO Conference – Part 7

In the afternoon on Saturday I attended another session given by a supplier, which again is an interesting perspective because they see all kinds of events, from the inside out. Often as event planners we are so focussed on what we are doing we might miss some of the stuff suppliers see and are comparing to the hundreds of other events they see.

This session was put on by Chad Shennett, Director of Operations at Event Water Solutions.

I love this saying…

“Festivals are destinations, not just places to see bands”

I couldn’t agree more. I love music but I can tell you it doesn’t take me long to get bored sitting and listening to music. I can’t remember a time I ever chose a destination based on the band that was playing. I want an experience. I want to see and do things. I want to experience something, something about the local area, something that will make me remember that moment in my life.

Festivals that do it best in his perspective do some of the following things…

  • address the complaints
  • do the extras well
  • free charging stations
  • lockers
  • arcade
  • water slides (for hot summer events)
  • misting stations (again for hot summer events)
  • free wifi
  • toilet paper stations
  • free water stations
  • use words like “community building opportunities” instead of “sponsorship”
Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.


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