How much time should you give yourself if you are planning an event for your business? That is an excellent question everyone should ask themselves as they embark on the journey of putting on a function or corporate event.

No really, I’m telling you, ask yourself how much time you think it will take to plan, execute and have create a successful outcome for the event. And then at least double that time.

I learned this lesson trial by fire. Last year when I planned the Blue Gypsy Bluesfest and BBQ, a first time charity event, I gave myself 6 months. I thought, wow that should be plenty of time…and then the event grew…and grew. I was pulling my hair out by the time the event actually happened, and while I hear the music was great and the food was amazing I really couldn’t tell you because I was so busy managing the process.

The next series of blog posts will be valuable information to help newbies who want to do events for their company but aren’t quite sure where to begin.

I will share what I’ve learned and help other businesses and individuals get a better handle on the amount of time and the key elements that are necessary in order to plan a successful event.