At this point, I have just about recovered from Federal Conference at the Sage in Newcastle Gateshead. And what a weekend.
As some of you may know, I am Liberal Youth’s Events Officer. As part of my role, I arranged the fringe event, our training & stall. Is it stressful? A bit, but only if you let it. The golden rule is to plan as far in advance as possible. That’s how I got Vince Cable to turn up to a Q&A on Youth Unemployment. Start early and keep the momentum up. Don’t let them forget who you are and what you want.
Once you have speakers organised, confirm a week before. Get speakers there early. Allows to get a photo op, especially if you have a Secretary of State coming who will probably be late and want to leave early (the cheeky buggers…).
So what about training? Pro-tip: find a really lovely trainer. And make sure you remember about the projector (I didn’t). And keeping confirming. And then the stall? Well, the hard bit is getting your material there (easier for Liberal Youth though) and getting people to be on the stall. Be nice and tell them in advance what you expect from them.
And then there was an interview with Tim Farron! That just was so easy because Tim’s Office are lovely.
One last piece of advice on events: expect things to go wrong, because they will.
PS I won’t be standing for re-election as Liberal Youth’s Event Officer.