Planning a conference
Even though it is not at all in my job description I have been tasked with planning this year’s industry conference in the state of Victoria. I am meant to be an administrative executive working in the head office, but now I have involuntarily become a party planner. I am taking liberties. I am essentially treating myself to a lengthy holiday throughout Victoria’s beautiful coastal and rural lands. I am starting with some beautiful conference venues in Victoria, along the great ocean road. I will be spending a night at many hotels and assessing their conference centres. After a week of travels I will return with a list of options based on my first hand experience. As well as the actual conference centre being of high quality, my boss also wants to ensure there is suitable luxury accommodation available if any attending guests wish to stay, which they most likely will. I already think I know where it is going to be held, but I think it is important to do the relevant research and present all the options. There is a beautiful place in Lorne that has excellent accommodation as well as a large and clean convention centre. I might just spend two nights there at one of their luxury beach apartments. As well as finding the conference venue I also have to source speakers, arrange the guestlist and book in VIPs for accommodation. As extra compensation for me going above and beyond my duty, I am demanding my accommodation be free for the entire weekend of the conference, including any room service charged. The job does it have perks. After my research trip I plan to use the organising of the conference as a trial run for organising my wedding. Not that my wedding is an event that is going to take place in the near future, but it is always good to have a test run.