Corporate Confidence: A Grandiose Guide to Business Events 33

Corporate Confidence: A Grandiose Guide to Business Event

The following article is a guest post.

Planning a corporate or business event can be a fraught experience if you have either never done it before, or if you are struggling with a particularly tough event.

We know that there is a lot to do, a lot to think about a whole lot to make sure you have taken care of properly. The last thing you want to do is to get to the night of the event and realise you have forgotten something!

In order to help you run the best business event ever, we have brought together a list of how to go about planning and executing your next shindig. These business event tips have been brought to you by the legends at Taj MaTruck catering, who make running every occasion – corporate or personal – as smooth as can be.

Know the purpose of your business event.

Too often a business or company will decide to throw an event which has the purpose of generating sales, but then they’ll run the event as if it were for an entirely different thing.

If you know what you are trying to achieve you’ll find it a great deal easier to measure your success. Perhaps you’re trying to attract more employees, or perhaps you’re looking to raise awareness of a new product.

Whatever it is, this needs to be abundantly clear to all who attend.

As people we want to understand things, and we want to know the ‘why’ behind everything.

Give your attendees the biggest answer and make it abundantly clear what you’re trying to achieve so that they can then spend their attention and time dedicated to what you want.

Plan your event.

Once you know why you’re throwing your event, you need to then plan the ‘how’ and this comes down to many things, from the event venue, through to the food, the entertainment and anything else related to how you’re going to throw your event. You need to have a plan written down and the various people responsible for each element of your event accountable for certain things.

That way you don’t miss anything and it saves you scrambling around for a whiteboard on the night of your event because someone from accounts forgot to bring it!

With your checklist and event plan you can check if that person has brought the whiteboard the requisite two hours before the event has started, and then source a replacement if she hasn’t done her duty.

Delegate.

As we kind of mentioned above, you need to make sure you’re not taking everything on yourself and that you are spreading out the responsibility among your team or staff. Sure, it’s important to have someone in charge, and if that’s you, then no problem, but make sure that the responsibility for the event is shared among many people. Have them all accountable and then budget time for each person to do their job.

Talk to each other.

You need to be talking to the caterers who need to be talking to the AV people who need to be talking to the keynote speaker – and everyone needs to be talking to the event organiser.

For a successful event to come together, everything needs to be done as it should be. To ensure this, appoint a key organiser and make sure that there’s an email or communication method that covers all bases.

Follow up.

Many events are held to get more customers.

You want to plan for this and follow up with the people who attend your event. If your attendees have only submitted their emails as confirmation of their attendance, then you need to email them and lock them in to attend. If they have given their phone number with their details then guess what? Give them a call!

Get your next event happening with awesome catering, entertainment and a killer location, and then sit back and enjoy the increase in business or brand that is sure to come when a well-executed event takes place.

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.