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Don't Strip Your Event Bare: Why You Need Volunteers

Imagine yourself running into icy waters stripped down to your unmentionables. For some, it may sound thrilling, but I'd say for most people, it sounds uncomfortable, right? It takes a lot of courage and it means exposing yourself to huge risks. In the same way. if you've decided to manage everything for your event solo, you may find yourself in shock on event day, discovering you need volunteers. Here's why your event is essentially naked without being equipped with staff and volunteers: 

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Topics: Volunteer Management


5 Things Event Staff and Volunteers Can't Stand About Event Managers

Managing a live event is like conducting an orchestra. A talented conductor is respected by his company of musicians for his foresight, attention to detail, and most importantly a nuanced understanding of all the moving parts. Similarly, event managers need to be on the ball from the start in order to most effectively manage, inspire, and engage event staff and volunteers to bring their "A" game on event day. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, and volunteers can get frustrated. Why? We've narrowed the list down to 5 things event staff and volunteers can't stand about their managers, and what to do better to build an better relationship in the future.

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Topics: Volunteer Management


12 Clever Ways to Give Your Attendees the Perfect Event Experience

The number of events people attend each year continues to rise, so making a lasting impression is becoming increasingly challenging. If you're planning an event and want to ensure it's a successful one, one of the most important things you can do is to make it a memorable one (for all the right reasons).

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Topics: Event Design


First Time Planners Beware! 11 Event Planning Mistakes That Will Make You Cringe

When planning an event, there are always things that can go wrong. That's why it's important to keep your head in the game and stay focused on your priorities for the event. It's also important to learn from others so you can avoid rookie mistakes. To help you make sure your event is up to par, we've assembled a list of 11 event planning mistakes that will make you cringe. 

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Topics: Event Safety


Best Practices for Live Event Staff Management

Getting ready for your next live event? The bigger the event, the more volunteers you may need, and that calls for additional volunteer management. Here are some best practices for live event staff management that will make your event run smoothly:

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Topics: Volunteer Management


5 Tips on How to Enhance Communication for Outdoor Events

When it comes to managing outdoor events, safety and communication are huge issues. That's because an outdoor venue is a dynamic environment, and conditions change in an instant. Here are five tips for enhancing communication for outdoor events.

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Topics: Festivals


Getting Started with Your Roadmap to a Cleaner, Greener Event

It's more than just recycling. Running a green event involves using all available channels to reduce the amount of resources and waste generated. The benefits of going green are clear: You boost your organizational brand by showing that you care about the environment, and you save time and money in the long run. Here's a guide for getting started with your road map to a cleaner, greener event.

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Topics: Event Design


You'll Know You Have an Exceptional Volunteer Program When...

You've worked your butt off coordinating volunteers for your organization - afterall, they're the lifeblood of your event. Here are 6 signs that all that hard work has paid off and you have an exceptional volunteer program that will continue to attract quality volunteers:

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Topics: Volunteer Management


6 Tips on How to Make Your Event Volunteer Training Materials Snackable

If your training materials seem overwhelming to your event volunteers, consider offering your next training session in little bites -- like a snack. After all, everybody loves snacks: They're quick and easy, they hit the spot, and they're fun to eat. So why not transform that four-hour training session into something a little easier to swallow? Here are six tips on how to make your event volunteer training materials "snackable".

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Topics: Volunteer Management


Finding the Most Cost-Effective Way to Recruit Event Volunteers

You have a big event coming up, but your budget is not quite as grandiose. Follow these steps to help you find the most cost-effective way to recruit event volunteers:

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Topics: Volunteer Management


What Younger Volunteers Expect at your Event

New friends, new experiences, and new ways to use their skills -- that's what today's younger volunteers are looking for. Sure, freebies and swag enhance any volunteer experience, but it's more than that. Millennials and members of Generation Z (anybody born after 1995) place high value on the volunteer experience itself. Here are 4 trends in volunteering that you need to know before you host your next event.

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Topics: Volunteer Management


Make your volunteer-led event look effortless in 4 Easy Steps

When guests show up at an awesome event, chances are they won't appreciate the skillfully orchestrated operation behind the scenes. They'll arrive, explore the many booths and food vendors set up for the day, enjoy some entertainment, soak in some knowledge, and go home with memories of a great and stress-free day. 

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Topics: Event Team


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