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Check Twice, Measure Once

 Have you heard the quote, "Check twice, measure once"?  I'm told that's what woodworkers do when they are working.

It's the same with planning an event.  Whether it's an event for work, community, church or family, we can use the same idea.

By "checking twice" and "measuring once" we can reduce potential situations that are created because it was overlooked or note considered.

So how can we "check twice"?

  • make a list of what needs to be actioned - each job no matter how small or large;
  • delegate to different team members if need be;
  • make a list of items that are needed and don't just think about food but items such as tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery and even notepads and pens.  Everything you can think of.  It's easier to cross of the list than try to remember;
  • think about who is attending (and ensure they are invited) and what their needs may be (access, parking, food allergies/intolerances;
  • create a check list so you can tick each job/item off.
"Measure Once":

Whilst we might think, let's go with the flow, is ok and that is fine for something informal; taking the time to put pen to paper and ensure you don't forget important points in the planning will save time, stress and potential difficult situations that could have been avoided.



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