Conference management is not an easy task especially if you have never done it before. It may be an event for a number of people or the entire company which could really put pressure on you as the organizer. You don’t have to fret though as there are things you can do in order to make sure the conference will be a smooth sailing event.
First thing you should decide on is setting the goal. It means that you should know more about what your organization, meaning the leaders up high, wanted. You will be able to save important resources such as time and energy if you know from the start the theme of the event, the location or even the city where they want to hold the conference and the headliners if there are any. Make sure that everyone agrees to avoid any issues.
You don’t have to carry the burden alone. You can organize a committee that will help you with conference management. It is recommended to include people that have specific skills such as in publicity, budgeting, marketing, networking and program planning among many others. A great team will make the whole task easier.
It is important to have ample time when working on organizing an event. You should have at least one year to prepare though two years is ideal. If you are the organizer of the conference for this year, you should prepare for the next one after this is over even if it is still a long way before the next conference.
Don’t forget about the budget. You should have an estimate of all the cost and how much will people have to pay in order to be a part of it. Do not just make assumptions on the cost but make sure to do your research. Do not forget about small details such as notepads and pens to be used, the travel cost and gifts for the speakers.
Conference management takes a lot of time to organize. When deciding on a location, you will have to check out the venues yourself to see them in actual. You can ask for conference centers and hotels that offer packages and deals.
Photographs are big. Now that may sound like an extremely obvious thing to point out, but it’s well worth being reminded of the fact that not everything old has been eclipsed by technology and development, rather, that they have been elevated alongside it. A picture’s worth a thousand words? Post it with your Facebook status. Photography has become more prominent in the digital age, with many sites promoting self-expression on the internet via photographs. Bar the negative internet stereotype of such sites, they really do promote photography, and the pursuit of seeking that perfect shot that shows what you feel.
Of course, one has to admit, technology has given us more creative ways to make a profit, and this canvas print UK is a good example. Not just of how technology has helped people expressing themselves make a profit out of their passion, but of how traditional and technological can merge into a thing of beauty. If you pay attention to the canvas print, it’s the London skyline, with a bridge a little bit to the left side of the image. Dotted across the image are skyscrapers, but placed neatly alongside them are the more traditional towers of the older London architecture. This shows a harmonious duality of the city; of how the old and new can work together. Look up aerial views of the Parliament houses and you’ll see modern architecture alongside it and in the background.
Now, I mentioned how technology has helped people pursuing their passion procure a profit. For those curious, this canvas print UK is size-based on cost. There are several measurements, with the smallest, 8″ by 10″ costing about £ 60, or approximately $ 73. Custom measurements will set you back by around £ 400 or close to $ 500. That’s a lot of cash to fork over for a photo printout. I’m sure that the photographer and the company that printed this canvas print is happy about that pricing.
It shows that photography is a booming business, and that being a creative individual at heart has profitable applications all over the world. Of course, since a canvas print UK of a double negative image of an anime character costing for $50, there’s definitely a market for creative products.
Photograph courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo (October 04, 2013)
Keyak is the adaptation of the ancient ceremony called Sanghiyang that was used to purify a village when there was an epidemic. The Balinese dance used to be performed by male dancers until 2006 when women kayak dancers were allowed. The nightly performance brings a lot of tourists from the resorts in Bali to the southern tip of the island in time for the show.
All of us, locals and tourists alike were seated in a circle as we waited for the Fire Dance. It started at about 5 PM when there was still enough light. Everybody was eager to watch the fire dance and we could hear shutters clicking as the ancient ceremony started. Surprisingly, there were no musical instruments that typically accompanied cultural dances. A chorus of 70 men told the story and provided the sound effects through chattering cak-cak sounds.
I loved the performance that was filled with spirituality. It was a combination of humor, dance, chanting and drama which was really amazing. The cultural dance has a complicated plot with twists and turns that are associated with our favorite TV series. From what I understand, a woman is stolen by the devil from the husband. The husband and the brother face all sorts of challenges to rescue the woman. As the sun sets, the story is build to a climax wherein the monkey king sets the castle on fire. It is a very dramatic moment with the orange flames and the embers in the middle of the stage.
Photograph courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo (October 04, 2013)
The Kecak Fire Dance is a traditional Balinese ritual but it was actually created by a German, Walter Spies in the 1930’s and was based on the popular Hindu story of Ramayana. The cultural dance is now internationally popular because of the tours that have been arranged for the Balinese groups. However what makes the Fire Dance extra special and different is the chorus of human voice composed of men that sways, sits, stands up and lies prone on the ground as the story develops.