Planning a successful event is not easy.  It requires careful thought and innovative thinking.  There are times when an issue may arise in the planning process that seems insurmountable, or a moment when it seems like you’ve taken on more than you can handle.  When you’re looking for inspiration, these quotes can keep you moving and help you every step of the way to planning a fantastic event.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”

-Benjamin Franklin

The key to a successful event is proper planning.  Make sure you have everything you need for the event.  Create checklists, timelines, and add details along the way.  Once you have your basic needs taken care of, walk yourself mentally through the event itself and imagine the different scenarios.  Plan for each possible situation, and you will be prepared for anything that comes your way.

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something and I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
–Edward Everett Hale

When planning an event, play to your strengths.  Don’t be afraid to outsource help or utilize experts if you are unsure about the next step, or feel that you are not qualified to handle a certain aspect of the event.  There are always opportunities to learn from other professionals, but during a major event is not the time!  If you let some qualified people shoulder some of the responsibility, you can put more focus into the areas of the event where you can make a big difference.

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”

-Paul J. Meyer

If you have a major event on the horizon, don’t delay or let it fall to the background.  Planning a truly successful event requires dedication.  Commit to checking in with your project on a weekly basis, then daily as you come to the few months preceding the event.  Keep a list of all the things to be done, and look it over for upcoming tasks every week.  Add tasks as you go, and look over the complete list and make necessary alterations on a monthly basis.  If you stay organized and keep in touch with your event regularly, you’ll be amazed by what the final result will be.

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

-Henry David Thoreau

Every event is going to have room for improvement.  Take note of the areas in which you would like to improve so you can fix them next time, but take note of the positive aspects of the event as well.  Don’t dwell on mistakes, and make sure you reward yourself mentally for all of the hard work you’ve done with your event.  Focusing too strongly on the negative can cause you to repeat mistakes, or make new mistakes where you succeeded in the past.

You can learn anything you set your mind to.

Planning a successful event is a learning process. It takes time, dedication, and careful planning.  Do your research, create and utilize planning tools, and never give up on making your event a success, and you will achieve your goal of planning a fantastic event.