TALKING TIMELINES IS BORING, WE GET IT
In events, as in life, there are certain crucial yet unexciting things that need to be taken care of to achieve successful outcomes. Enter timelines.
Unless you are a Type-A, list-making, organizing-by-color kind of person, you might think that timelines sound boring. (Say it ain’t so!) We’ll forgive you for now. In exchange for our forgiveness, we simply ask that you read on and discover why every member of our team (the Type As, the Type Bs & the XYZs) think that timelines are crucial tools in successful event production.
STOP… COLLABORATE AND LISTEN
Whether you are an individual with a support team or part of a committee of decision makers, events, meetings and conferences are collaborative in nature. A timeline is a living, breathing tool that keeps every member of your team on the same page. It clearly establishes task designation and makes sure that every action being taken is working toward your goals and objectives.
MEET SMARTER, NOT LONGER
Can we all take a stand on something? NO MORE POINTLESS PROGRESS MEETINGS! You know the ones. You walk in energized and ready to jump in with both feet and then spend an hour listening to someone talk in circles while you think of all the other things you could be doing. It doesn’t have to be like this. When you have a working timeline you have the opportunity to clearly define your objectives and action items for your internal meetings and your client update calls. It’s easy to see when you just need a 15-minute sit down or a more involved roundtable style recap.
ALL IN GOOD TIME
The larger and more complex a program is, the more lead time you need to prepare for it. That being said, we have worked under time constraints that make you keep a pillow under your desk. Having had it both ways, we know which one is preferable. No matter how much time you need to plan, producing a timeline allows you to make sure all of your action items are being completed with time to spare. We want to save you from being buried under a last minute avalanche of must do items. Your time is important, and so is your sanity.
MIND THE GAP
Every journey begins with a single step, but then what? Once you’ve taken those first few steps (determining your purpose, establishing a budget, and defining your goals and objectives), what next? A detailed and collaborative timeline will guarantee that you don’t miss any of the steps in between step one and the completion of a successful program. The very first step in creating a productive timeline that will work for your meeting, conference, event, or program is to call (832) 589-1905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE HAVE TIME FOR YOU
Custom-tailored timelines might not sound like much, but they are one of the most important tools we use to communicate with our clients and their teams. Whether your event is one month away, or two years away, it’s never too early (or too late) to fine tune the details and create a strategic plan for reaching your program objectives.
Contact Coterie Spark today for a complimentary timeline review.