I want to tell you the story of a young lady who loved Christian Louboutin heels. She was also a regular attendee of corporate events and it’s not a happy ending. Ok, we’re exaggerating a little but seriously, the number of times we’ve seen ladies walking around corporate events in impossible shoes made us think: time to write a few simple tips for surviving corporate events for organisers and clients alike. Even just for the sake of your future bunions.
Ok, here goes:
Wear comfortable shoes
Surprise, surprise, this is number 1. We know, it seems obvious, but uncomfortable shoes will make you tired, irritable and ultimately less effective – they’re not called killer heels for nothing. So ditch the heels, and put on some comfortable flats. If you want to go all glamazon then bring the heels in a separate shoe bag and change at the venue. To aid further, try and sit down whenever possible and take plenty of breaks. Networking…organising…it can all take it out of you.
Don’t forget to eat
We’re going to sound like your mum here, but you really must eat. It’s so easy when you are running round to forget to take care of yourself. But it’s essential! If you are a client enjoying hospitality, go easy on the wine as the canapes usually offered can be dangerously insubstantial. Try and eat something filling beforehand and ensure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Watch out for cocktails – you don’t know how much alcohol they contain until you try to stand up!
Whether you are the event organiser, or a client, planning can turn a social occasion into an excellent business opportunity. Is there anyone in particular that you wish to network with, impress, gain contacts through? If you can, do your homework and make a bee line for those people when you arrive. Remember: knowing what you want is the first step to getting what you want.
With these 3 top tips for surviving corporate events, success is practically guaranteed. Throw in a little chocolate, and it’s assured.