After studying for several years I finally obtained a position at one of the most well-known clinical psychology practices in Sydney. Strangely enough, while I have a psychology degree, I found myself spending more time organizing conferences and seminars than seeing patients. It is strange that I deal with marketing teams instead of paranoid schizophrenics, but I enjoy my job and find it exciting. The one difficulty I face is finding reliable and efficient corporate event companies.
When I began organizing events I was a little ‘wet behind the ears’. I did not realize the vast amount of corporate event companies in Sydney, and was even more clueless as to how many of them are inefficient. I believed that the first company I found using an online search would be the best for my needs – how naive I was. Now I train people to organize events and my advice is always the same, don’t settle for the pretty website – always do your research.
The first step in finding the best event company is to read reviews on an objective third-party review site. These reviews and testimonials are often completed by current and previous clients, so they are generally quite honest. Due to the anonymity you are usually able to obtain an idea of the company’s customer service level and can decide which companies to contact from there.
Once you have a list of companies it is a good idea to research their websites. While many of these sites will be bright and pretty, the lights are often there to distract viewers from flaws and a lack of details. The more detailed sites, and I refer to information, will be more efficient and reliable than those that do not have any information on services and prices.
In conclusion, while event planning can be fun it is imperative that you do your research before working with a corporate event company. Read the reviews and check the sites to ensure you find the best company for your needs.