Home' micenet eMag : micenet AUSTRALIA December 2014 January 2015 Contents 1 Ensure catering at the event is plentiful: It’s in everyone’s best interest the party doesn’t get too
out of hand and adheres to ‘responsible service of alcohol’ guidelines. In recent years, the ‘food
station’ has become a popular way to ensure guests are sufficiently fed – the important thing here is to
make sure everyone knows about it! Talk to your event planner and the venue to ensure food gets
around the room. Don’t skimp on the food budget – not only can it be dangerous, but at the very least,
not enough (or bad!) food can be embarrassing for everyone – you, the event manager, the caterer and
2 Choose an appropriate venue: My favourite part of the process - sourcing the right venue! I have
heard horror stories of people who booked venues with no wet weather back up, no air-conditioning
with a black tie dress code in summer, and worst of all... the surprise venue! Parties where staff are
not told they are going on a boat results in guests being trapped for five hours with no escape and
inappropriate attire. And always ask the venue about their noise restrictions (if any). Many a time, a
party has been shut down because these restrictions haven’t been communicated till the police are
banging down the doors!
3 Triple check the RSVP list for final numbers: Many years ago I coordinated a large-scale event
in the hundreds and it became apparent after pre-drinks when guests were being seated that there
weren’t enough seats. There were about five tables (50 chairs) missing! To this day, we don’t know if it
was a missing last page of the seating plan that wasn’t handed to venue or simply that all guests did
not RSVP. Quick action from the operations team meant that extra tables and chairs were bought in,
however not without embarrassment from the venue, the corporate host and even the guests – it really
wasn’t a good look from any perspective!
4 Don’t wear inappropriate attire (and be careful of your dance moves): I have seen some
shockers! A work Christmas party, is still ‘work’. You still need to front up the next day in the office with
your dignity in tact - and with some of the outfits I’ve witnessed, it’s hard to see that being the case!
Just be careful to choose your outfit with your boss and colleagues in mind – your usual weekend
party attire may not suit a corporate event. Also, watch the moves on the dance floor... you may just
be filmed for everyone to watch the next day on someone’s camera phone!
5 Don’t make the staff do karaoke: Ok so while you may love any opportunity to sing ‘I will always
love you’ into a microphone, others may not. This is also the sort of entertainment that encourages
drinking, and ultimately, increases the beverage bill dramatically! If you have a small event to organise
this may be ok, as you will have a better understanding of the audience. Choosing the right
entertainment is crucial to the success of the party. Think about your audience, their ages, gender,
taste and also what entertainment suits the venue and theme of the party. m
1 The right kind of Christmas cheer: Use the Christmas party as the ultimate networking
opportunity to meet and talk to people, especially those who may not be used to social
situations. This way you can really get to know your colleagues. Keep the conversation light-
hearted, colleagues have long memories. Alcohol and talking politics are usually not a good
2 Be seen, don’t make a scene: Make the effort to show up to the Christmas party or at
least make an appearance, but be sure to dress and act appropriately – it is a business event,
so dress with style and taste. Business etiquette is still important, no matter how informal the
occasion might be, so don’t overload your plate (or your glass) and make sure you properly
dispose of stained napkins, toothpicks, etc.
3 Logistics are important: Don’t pick a venue without safe access to transport home and
make it clear whether any after party is work-related.
4 Know your limits: Don’t call in sick the next day, instead plan ahead, take the day in lieu,
take annual leave or ask for a late start.
5 Don’t mix business with pleasure: Don’t post inappropriate photos on social media and
certainly don’t hit on your fellow colleagues.
EBAY AUSTRALIA & NEW
Links Archive micenet AUSTRALIA October November 2014 micenet AUSTRALIA February March 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page