Finding An Events Planner in Nigeria

Picture this!

You have this important event coming up soon. You need a professional events planner to take care of the details and leave you to concentrate on the event itself – the big picture. You go to good old Google and start typing “event planners in nigeria” hoping to get a lead on where to start looking.

As you pour through tens of events planners in Nigeria, each of them claiming to be the best thing since Aspirin, you soon realize that you will have to do more than just use the Google search dialogue box.

Finding the right events planner in Nigeria, like in many other countries, is a nightmare. This is because most events planners trumpet their prowess from the rooftops but more often than not disappoint in terms of delivery.

One can however minimize their chances of getting a quack events planner by following the following tips.

Important Event Coming Up

1. Track record

Unless it’s a new events company, any events planner worth their salt must have a proven track record of quality service delivery. And don’t just rely on their testimony alone. Ask for testimonials from past clients before you even decide to hire them. Actually take the phone and call past clients as this will give you a clearer picture of the events company in question. One of the websites which makes the process a whole lot easier and where you can find hundreds of event planners as well as see the profiles, their career, work experience and their contact details is AfricaLinked.com. The process of track recording is done much faster once you have the full info!

2. Professional membership

Are they members of a professional events planners association? If an event planner is a professional, then they will definitely subscribe to a professional body in their trade. Ask around and refer to the relevant professional body information outlets.

3. Trade and service guides

Are they listed in trade and services guides such as My Guide in Nigeria. If they are listed in authoritative trade guides in Nigeria, then this will improve your chances of hiring a planner who won’t let you down. But even in this instance, ensure that the trade guides you are relying on are not works of fiction. Do your research thoroughly.

4. Events Planning Certification

Do they have certification from credible events planning institutions in Nigeria? If someone is a qualified events planner, they will have a certification. If their only claim to events planning is experience at Mom and Pop business, perhaps you should look elsewhere!

Finding Networking Events

Since time immemorial, mankind has always had a desire to connect with others and his environment.

The desire to feel loved, appreciated, liked, and to grow has made it crucial for mankind to establish support networks that facilitate advancement in life.

Most social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. all have one goal: to connect like-minded people.

Facebook, for instance, thrives on just one question: what’s on your mind? This simple question appeals to mankind’s desire to be appreciated and cared for.

Networking events can be grouped into the following two distinct groups:

1. Offline networking events

Offline networking events are actual contact events that are held at a location where people physically meet. During such events, people can shake hands; discuss across the table and literary pat each other on the back.

One can find such events advertised in the dailies, notice boards, on TV, on Radio, etc. You can also receive emails or letters inviting you to an event to be held at a particular venue. The bottom line is that you will have to be physically present at the event venue to be considered to have ‘attended’ the event.

2. Online networking events

Online networking events can be found across the internet, especially on social media. These events are virtual and do not require one to be physically present at the venue of the meeting.

To find online events, the internet is your go-to place. These can be found on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and the like.

For instance, on Facebook you can find events being streamed live, which can help you if you aren’t able to go to the exact location of the event.  Similar events are also held via Skype, Webinars, etc.

All one needs to do is to click on a link and join an online event. Alternatively a simple Google search for “networking events near me” will yield a host of results on events scheduled in your area.

There are many ways of finding networking events either online or offline. Whether you get invited to those events or not, is not the prime concern here. As long as you have joined the right groups, pages, or hangouts, you would surround yourself with the right people and hence finding a desired networking event will be simpler than child’s play.