At Spirit & Place, we believe well-designed events can be transformative. Creating engaging events means intentionally planning for your audience to think, feel, and/or do something!
The following help sheets, worksheets, checklists, and more have been designed to help you create the most dynamic and impactful event possible!
Use the section below to pick and choose from what interests you or download our entire Event Design Toolkit here.
A sense of passion and excitement should drive your event. Before you dive into planning, however, take a step back and assess where that passion comes from and what your intentions are.Event Intentionality Worksheet
There is no such thing as “the general public.” Take the time to really think about who your audience is and what they need from you.Audience Worksheet
Use this tip sheet to consider basic accessibility steps when planning your event.Event Accessibility Tip Sheet
Please see our handout Virtual Event Tips for advice on how to design virtual events and effectively communicate expectations to attendees. This handout is specific to Zoom with emphasis on Zoom’s accessibility features.Zoom Accessibility Tips
Designing virtual events requires the same care and attention as planning in-person events . . . and then some. Get started by watching this short video on leading meaningful virtual gatherings by Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering.
After watch the video, check out these additional tips from Spirit & Place including important advice on lighting, camera angles, and sound. We’ve also included tips to share with your speakers to ensure everyone is clear on what’s expected.
Virtual Event & Speaker Tips
These tips have been compiled from multiple sources, including the most important source of all – the public!Moderator Tip Sheet
Spirit & Place encourages you to incorporate community engagement activities into your event planning.Community Engagement Tip Sheet
Spirit & Place often holds space for difficult and challenging dialogue. Community (or Common) Agreements are a way to invite the audience to take ownership of the dialogue.Sample Community Agreement
Promotions are a key element to any successful event. Our “PR Matrix” will help you map out your event partners and allies to assess who can tackle different parts of a grassroots – but robust! – promotional plan.PR Matrix
There are a lot of events going on out there. How will yours grab someone’s attention? A catchy title is key, but so is a strong event image.Choosing an Event Image - Tips & Resources
Use this checklist to keep track of venue, speaker, and essential promotional steps.Event Logistics Checklist
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