I’ve been fortunate enough to go to such nice events these past months & just be part of the audience (instead of the usual people planning). F1, the usual free concerts, theatre & gallery previews, our usual unconventional adventures & free festivals around Singapore have been really beneficial & super fun at the same time.
But planners will always be planners & whilst I did make it a point to just let my hair down & not be so analytical (not that we’re such veterans anyway – we’re all permanent learners!), there are some lessons & great tips on small little details, that I did learn along the way – Event Take-Aways!
1. When going to a huge whole day event (like F1- my maiden trip!), bring along a kit (an Adventure Kit!) that can fit all your needs (i.e. fans, water bottle, camera, plasters, sweets etc). Better yet, carry it in a small sling bag so that your hands are free! In F1′s case, they were selling Survival Kits – consisting of a poncho, map + ear plugs . Very apt & very useful!
You can even customise your own Survival Kits / Adventure Kits small or huge events (like a big family gathering at the beach).
2. Bring Extra batteries, especially if you’re trigger happy!
Halfway through my F1 adventure, the camera battery ran out! Why? Because in our enthusiasm we couldn’t stop snapping & we didn’t realise that we took so many pictures. Lucky the friend had an Iphone! We spent the rest of the night clicking away.
Oh, & when you do bring extra batteries, make sure that they are fully charged too!
3. Never be afraid to ask!
Going to an event can be chaotic. There’s so many people milling around, so many things happening at the same time then when you arrive, you won’t know what to do or where to go (unless you come fully prepared of course!). So as event-goers, don’t be afraid to ask.
I often see so many people around the area, cautious to step in because of the lack of usherers or helpers around the event to (sort of) welcome them in. From a planner’s view, there’s two things you can do: 1) Make sure there are plenty of posters / pamphlets around so that when people come to your event, they know what’s going on. 2) Deploy more friendly usherers around the area to mingle around with the crowd & inform them of what’s currently happening. Everybody wins!
4. Be clear! Someone told me ‘Clarity is Power!’ . There was an event that happened recently that had conflicting timings & even confusing instructions to event-goers – the timing & description given differs from what the information on their website stated. Needless to say, many people who turned up at the event got turned away & was of course disappointed at not being able to be a part of it.
On the upside, there was plenty of information regarding the events & activities. On the downside, what the information was saying did not sync with what the ushers / helpers/ volunteers were doing & ultimately, the people attending are as confused as them!
It’s alright if a mistake was made, as long as it was rectified in time at the same time & everyone goes home satisfied. Right?
Like I said, we’re all permanent students in the classroom of life (phwoarrr!) & as much as I’m glad for all the fun, I’m also grateful to learn from others! I have plenty more to share but I guess we’ll put that for another day.
Here’s to many more events, wooohoo!
Your Is-it-Tuesday-already? Sidekick,