Goal 1. How did we help create connections among guests and company?
Surprisingly, choosing the menu and layout of the lunch was important in fulfilling this goal. We chose a buffet line so people could continue conversation with others while getting their food. The client did not want any food that was messy to eat order for the guests to easily continue communicating with others, so they chose kebabs, a cut-free entree.
The client framed posters that beautifully depicted manufacturing in action, including vintage aerospace and manufacturing posters.
Also displayed were photos of the company’s history, an addition that enables the guests to learn more about the client and manufacturing.
A company welder made dragons out of manufacturing parts for centerpieces to match the “Slay the Dragon” discussion theme. The dragons were an example of manufacturing resourcefulness and showed just how creative the employees in the manufacturing field can be. This was a key component at the event that not only showed the personality of the company, but also connected to the goal of the corporate luncheon: to illustrate manufacturing at its finest.
After lunch and the discussion, the event ended with tours where guests were able to view the property and learn more about the company.
Goal 3. How did we help gain membership for NAM?
The layout of the luncheon was key in helping gain membership for NAM. We wanted guests to easily listen and follow the guest speaker. At the front of the room, we placed a wood podium and wireless mic for the speaker and two LCD monitors to show the speaker’s slideshows and video clips. This ensured the luncheon’s message was conveyed to both audio and visual learners.
In the planning of a corporate meting, it is an added touch to make sure that no one’s back is facing the speaker. While setting up, we placed all the chairs at the tables to face the speaker, so that guests could comfortably listen and take notes during the presentation.
Remember, a Los Angeles event planner isn’t someone who just provides food for an event. Caterers work with the client and makes his or her vision a reality. Meeting the goals of the client is key in making a corporate luncheon successful.