I’m fairly good at organizing events to make things go as smoothly as possible. With that said, here are a few things that I’d like to see the originator of an event do…
1)Have the date/time/location of the event in the thread title and update it as needed. Have the same information in the original post, along with an attendance list that you can keep updated at least a few times a week, and more frequently if the event is on short notice. Provide directions/links to the destination as applicable.
2)Don’t flake out! Sure, stuff happens (hell I could not make it to one of the crusies I set up due to work related issues), but if you’re somehow proven to be flaking due to the fact that you went to the movies instead, alarm didn’t go off, etc, you’ll be prohibited from trying to set up new events. It’s one thing if you waste your own time, but it’s totally unacceptable to waste other peoples time, vacation time from work, etc. Banning someone from making new events will be a case by case basis, but hopefully with good planning we won’t have to go there.
- If it’s an outdoor event, consider posting a rain date, even before the event has a chance on getting cancelled due to weather.
4)Once people start to meet up, step up and introduce yourself to people that don’t know you, and help other people do the same. At almost every LG meet this year, some fairly unknown faces came and left and I never knew it. I felt bad for them because they did not know anyone and didn’t want to feel awkward walking up to the wrong group, etc. This again will vary due to the situation, but you guys know what I mean.
I’ll add to this, and feel free to post up with suggestions! I’m all for doing more fun stuff “IRL” vs. sitting behind the computer.