am always amazed at the new tools that the Internet provides. We'll be
taking a little side trip this month and do a little surfing to find out
what is available on the Internet to help you create a great event.
Many volunteer managers do much more in their
job descriptions than just manager volunteers. Along with a list of other
various duties to help their organizations achieve their missions, planning
meetings and events are also included.
If you are a long-time planner of events, or just
a novice who may be planning their first event you may be surprised at
what is available on the Internet to help you create that great event.
We have found a host of sites that we want to share with you.
Some of these tools you'll be able to use on-line
and some will require that you download them to your computer. Don't forget
the tips we shared for downing loading files from the April
2005 Tech Tips.
Of course it would be great if we could just hire an event planner and
let them do all the tracking and researching for us. But for those of
us who work in small organizations with limited budgets....much of that
work is done by ourselves.
Well take you through some important pieces of the event planning process
so sit back and enjoy the surf ..
Worksheets for event planning.
You'll have to browse around because there are a host of resources to
Free, easy email group. Emails can be received either by e-mail or read
on the web viewable message archives. Also access to activity logs,
chat rooms, shared calendar, polls, and 20 MB of Web space for sharing
photos, MP3 and other files. The service is used by clubs, small businesses,
school classes - any group with a common interest.
Topica is a free Internet service that allows you to easily find, manage
and participate in email lists. Topica makes email lists accessible
and easy to use for anyone, from the most expert list owner to the newest
Yes...there is even software you can download to resolve conflict. A
multi-party, multi-issue conflict negotiation software package. It can
be used with large or small groups, and can facilitate anything from
collective bargaining to strategic planning. The software is for purchase,
but you can take a free tour.
Evite is a free online invitation service with hundreds of designs for
almost any event. RSVP management, customization tools, dynamic maps,
event reminders and more.
For a Fee
Online event registration web site. Just $9.95 to create your event
registration online. Other add on features are available for a fee.
Online Event Registration Software Member Clicks
Try it for free. Online event management software. Collect online event
registrations and payment. Communicate with attendees.
The Nonprofit Matrix
has a list of vendors at http://tinyurl.com/4qhnf
The listings are supplied by the vendors and many of the systems listed
are not event systems. The services listed in this category provide
web-based tools that can cover a wide range of events management tasks
, such as shared to-do lists and scheduling, online registration and
payment, tracking memberships and even printing name tags.
We've only touched on a small portion of everything
that is available so don't forget to do your own surfing to find aids
to help make your event planning successful.
Mary Lou McNatt has many years
of experience working with volunteer programs, advancing our profession
and has a passion for introducing the advantages of technology to volunteer
programs. She was instrumental in obtaining Ivan Scheiers body of
work on volunteerism and putting it online. She can be reached at email@example.com.