NaturallyCurlyKinky.com is very excited to have guest blogger, LaShon Renee from “For the Love of Curls” giving us amazing tips for your next natural hair event. Be sure to follow LaShon, as she always has great tips and product reviews for natural hair. Thanks LaShon for an informative and fun post!!!
Since I’ve been natural I have been to what feels like a ton of natural hair meetups and events, and as an attendee I have learned a few things about what it takes to make a successful, enjoyable event.
1. Start the event on time
Nothing is worse than making your guests wait for your event to start because there are always those that arrive on time or early so to leave them waiting shows a lack of respect for their time.
2. Separate the vendor area from the speaker area
Once the crowd starts to shop and mingle it is nearly impossible to quiet them down to listen to scheduled speakers. You end up with ignored speakers and an annoyed audience that wants to listen to the program.
3. Hire a host
It is your event but that does not automatically mean you have to be the host if that is not where your talent lies. In my head I’m a dynamic, funny speaker that keeps an audience engaged but then there is reality so when I produce an event I rely on someone else for those skills.
4. Spotlight your vendors
If your event is small enough, leave time in your program to introduce your vendors and what product or service they are selling. Your vendors will be grateful and your audience will be better informed.
5. Have Food!
Hungry attendees are unhappy attendees. People like to have an experience when they attend events and food plays an important part of any good experience. Some of the best events I have attended are the ones where I am fed.
6. Provide information on parking
I’m sure Los Angeles is like any other metropolitan city in that traffic and parking is a beast! The only thing worse than fighting traffic to get to an event, is looking for parking once you get there. An easy way to minimize the headaches is to include information on where to park in the invite.
Natural hair events have become an integral part of what brings the natural hair community together. I hope you find these tips useful in making your next event a success!
What tips would you give to have a successful natural hair event?
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