Last month, we shared the 5 corporate Christmas parties you want to avoid (you can tell us how you got on in the comments!). So this month, we want to use the wisdom of many years’ experience to help you make a corporate function awesome, not awkward.
A corporate function is anything from boardroom lunches, conferences, seminars, and trade shows to internal events like high teas, staff anniversaries and of course Christmas parties. But deciding to hold a corporate event is just the beginning of what can be a very time consuming and daunting task. When planning any event you only have one chance to make a great lasting impression to your guests, which is why corporate events must be carefully planned to ensure that your clients or staff leave with the best possible memories of your event and your business.
Sound scary? It doesn’t have to be. Just follow our simple steps:
Work out the ‘Why’
As with all big tasks, you need to know your objective before you can successfully organise your corporate event. What’s the point of the event? What do you (or your managers) want to achieve? Once you have clearly identified your purpose, you can move forward with confidence and work out who to invite, the location, theme, and so on.
This sounds pretty obvious, but who do you want there? Maybe your event is designed to target a specific stakeholder or customer type. Do you want to focus on existing clients or potential clients? Maybe you want to focus on multiple targets. Your guest list will help you determine the best location and style of event.
Are you after a large-scale conference room? Do you want to stay in-house, or move to an external location, like a hotel? Proximity, budget and the size of your guest list are three key factors to consider when deciding on the perfect venue for your event.
Catering for success
The food is one of the most important elements to guests at any event and it is critical to get this right. Whether good or bad, the food will get people talking and leave a lasting impression about your event and business.
Your Private Chef specialises in corporate catering in Melbourne and are passionate not only about great food, but outstanding service too. We know that it’s not about the food. Your guests also need to be wowed by the professionalism and class of the chefs and wait staff.
Add a dash of personality
It may be a ‘work function’ but even though you’re there for a purpose, there’s no reason why you can’t be human and have some fun. Share a joke or two, keep it light to maintain your audience’s attention, and vary the ways you present information. Please, we beg of you, don’t stand at the mike for 45 minutes droning on and on and on and onnnnnnnnnn. Think of an event like a good meal and appeal to all the senses – touch, taste, smell, sound and sight – to keep guests engaged and enthralled.
All these factors will tie together seamlessly to create a sophisticated and professional atmosphere. Something people will talk about – for all the right reasons.
Corporate Event Catering: From business dinners to networking conferences
The talented team at Your Private Chef can adapt to any corporate function, whether it’s a casual boardroom lunch among 15 colleagues, a team building dinner or a formal high tea for 100.
With many years’ experience catering for corporate events, our experienced chef and wait staff will work with your event coordinator to create the professional environment you are looking for. And above all, we know how important punctuality, dedication and quality are to any corporate event.
Whatever the size and style of your event, we have everything from gourmet BBQ and Platters packages all the way to the formal 3-course dinner affair for your corporate event catering needs.