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    Event Production: Hand-Picked Team - Part 5 of 9

    [fa icon="clock-o"] Oct 5, 2010 9:39:00 AM [fa icon="user"] David Haneke [fa icon="folder-open'] corporate events, event planning, event management companies, events management, corporate event production, corporate event planning, free event planning guide, corporate event planning ideas

    Finding the right event management services team pictureThis is Part 5 in an 9-part series on event production  and corporate event planning ideas by event planning specialist Tracy Garrity.

    -David Haneke

    The success of any corporate event rests upon the shoulders of the team.  Producers are only as creative, experienced, strategic, connected, savvy, and productive as their teams.  We spend our whole lives cultivating relationships with the brightest in the industry, learning how to best utilize their genius.  There’s an old saying that this is a “Rolodex business”.  After thirty years in production (I started when I was four!) I’ll put my Rolodex up against anyone’s. 

    Talent almost speaks for itself.  The Internet and industry reputations make it easy to assess talent.  Dependability, attitude and personal style is tougher to discern.  Will they make their deadlines?  Will they honor their estimate?  Are they confident enough to try something new, or open-minded enough to try a new approach to something old?  Will they engage and invest their expertise and talents fully with this project?  Will they meld with the rest of the team? 

    The new virtual model of doing business allows for each production to have its own hand-picked team. Each member of the team is there because they bring a unique expertise that fits a specific need.   What makes someone perfect for one show might make them the wrong fit for another.  The key is to know who to call for each project.   That insight is what distinguishes a great producer from a good one.

    Pricing can be deceptive as well.   If a person’s rate is higher than their competitors, it doesn’t mean they cost more.  This isn’t a commodity business, so it’s really tough to compare pricing when there are so many variables in the final product.  You need to consider their experience, how quickly they work, their creativity and their connections. Often their real value is in their ability to dissect, simplify and transform a challenge into a brilliant solution. Having these proven experts on the team is priceless.

    Most producers are very proud of the production partners with whom they choose to surround themselves.   Guilty as charged.  I will happily share resources with anyone who asks.  One of life’s greatest luxuries is the ability to choose our own teams.  This was what appealed to me most when I chose the freelance lifestyle.  My first mailer was a Smoothie booklet, which was accompanied with the following analogy.

    A smooth production is like a refreshing recipe.It requires the right ingredients, added at the right time,mixed together and ultimately challenged by the elementsto form a unique creation.And while the combination of ingredients creates its own sensation,each individual ingredient must be fresh and of the finest qualityfor the finished product to reach its true potential.

    tracyGarrity-resized-600.jpgI think it does a pretty good job of explaining the importance of every member of the production team, as well as the importance of process (which will be the following blog).  I call this my Recipe for Success.

    Until next week -  Cheers!

    Tracy Garrity is a freelance Event Producer who is connected to the best partners in the industry, cultivated through almost thirty years of production experience world-wide.

    For assistance in putting together a hand-selected team for your next event, contact Opening Moments.

    Free White Paper on Producing an Exceptional Corporate EventWant more on producing an incredible event and assembling the best team? Download the free White Paper which contains event management best practices.

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    David Haneke

    Written by David Haneke

    One of the best things I do is to collaborate with our creative production team. I like to see productions get results! Those results include helping tell the vision of an organization, engaging in a sales effort, helping customers better understand the big picture of an organization, or helping clients see the value of services. One of my favorite compliments is from a client that said, "This is the best tool we've had in over 22 years to tell our story!" Specialties: Making an idea or concept come to life through video media: motivational videos, custom video production, and event production.

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