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HOW TO ORGANIZE A SEMINAR

Organizing a seminar requires proper planning and extensive preparations.  Seminars cannot be planned in a day.  They involved a group of people and invitations need to be sent-out in advance before confirming the number of attendees.  To effectively succeed in organizing a seminar, a lot or creativity is needed.  This will help in making it more interesting and finding ways to keep the participants’ fully occupied while at the same time able to enjoy the experience.  Seminars that are not properly organized can be boring and might not have the intended purpose after-all.

The paper-work and study materials have to be prepared early so as to avoid the last minute rush of looking for documents when participants have sat down and in the middle of a discussion.  If not sure of how to go about it, a lot of organizations are now offering excellent services in seminar organizations.  This will enable an organization to enjoy their meeting without the hassles of running up and down. Organizers usually come with an up-to date list of requirements and above-all tools needed for use by the attendees.

All seminars have a theme.  This is needed to set a proper ground-work for preparation.  Seminars are usually arranged for different age-groups.  Having a theme is able to help in preparation by giving ample notice to the attendees way-ahead before the seminar date.   Unless it is an office seminar, most seminars require lots of publicity.  It is necessary to decide before-hand what mode of communication (SMS, fliers, Face-Book, telephone calls etc) will be successful in reaching the right crowd.

Once the theme has been set, a budget has to be laid down for the materials and the hiring of a venue.  It is important to work within the availed budget.  Planning a seminar without a budget is known to back-fire badly. This can give a bad image to the organizers after all.   Speakers need to be informed way in-advance of the plans to have them participate.  They are supposed to be given the subject of discussion before hand.  An itinerary should be given to each speaker to enable them prepare way in advance.

Do not forget to issue feed-back sheets for the participants who care to leave their comments.

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