Event End Game: 3 tips to wrap up your wrap up.

Ahhhhh. Its over.

Celebrate, Rest… Not in the real world.

1. Have a reconciliation meeting before the event.

Know who will be doing the reconciliation, collect all expense receipts and enter into database, and have a plan for when and how you will be counting all that cash you rake in.

2.Have those sponsor and key volunteer thank you notes prewritten.

Leave room for final details, but they can be addressed, clustered with thank you gifts and waiting in cue. Consider giving your board gifts before the event, this acts as a motivation and a time saver.
3. Have a set of volunteers that you keep fresh for breakdown and wrap up.

Bring in a clean up crew to arrive for the last 1/2 hour of the event, and keep a few volunteers to make those inevitable runs to return supplies and drop off sponsor thank yous.

bonus. Select next year’s date and location before this year’s event.

You can advertise it in posters at the event, your attendee receipt, and any follow up thanks you’s. It keeps the momentum rolling, and requires significantly less energy than a full stop and full start.

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Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.

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