Planning an event

Planning an event

Read a dialogue where three people negotiate who does what to achieve a task.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and do the exercises.


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Event planning team

All right, so I've divided up the tasks among the three of us planning this event like this:

@Jen: make guest list, schedule social media announcements, arrange room set-up, organise musicians
@Ed: book catering, send out invitations, design posters, book speakers
@Mike: reserve rooms, design invitations, write and publish blog post, get emcee

But please don't feel like we need to stick to this. If you prefer to do something else, feel free to say so.

Mike, 14:41

Yeah, I was thinking, as you are project leader @Mike, maybe it's best you make the guest list? I've got experience in graphic design so I'm happy to design the invitations.

Jen, 14:50

@Jen, do you mind designing the posters too? I'm not very good at designing.

Ed, 14:55

Sure, it'll be fun. If I take the poster design off you @Ed, do you think you can organise the musicians?

Jen, 14:56

Absolutely, I know some really good musicians that do events like this one. And I also know a really good emcee. Do you want me to take over getting the emcee too?

Ed, 14:58

@Ed I actually already have an emcee in mind, so I think I'll handle that. I'd appreciate it if you could write and publish the blog post about the event though.

Mike, 15:01

That's not a problem. I quite enjoy online marketing tasks.

Ed, 15:01

If that's the case @Ed, do you want to schedule the social media announcements too?

Jen, 15:03

I can do that ... if someone books the speakers.

Ed, 15:04

I'll book the speakers. And since I'm making the guest list, I should send out the invitations too. @Jen, are you still OK with arranging the room set-up?

Mike, 15:08

Yes, let me do the room reservations as well.

Jen, 15:09

Good idea. That would work nicely.

Mike, 15:10


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Submitted by Saad786 on Wed, 13/01/2021 - 15:53

Our tasks are usually divided according to the group leader. The assignments are given by project leader to other members of the group. We have to accept the task given to us either we like it or not.

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 08/12/2020 - 09:57

If our team has a leader, he divides tasks between project people. Otherwise, In first we try to divide tasks by the capabilities of individuals. finally, we should compromise with each other and if we can't do that, we choose the choices randomly.

Submitted by DIỄM PHÚC on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 01:34

An event has eight teams: content team, design team, MC team, stage team, entertainment team, media team, logistic team and management team can be exist longer and better
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Submitted by Mr.hanymabrok on Sun, 15/11/2020 - 05:16

oh, it is very difficult and buzzy.
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Submitted by danisep on Tue, 29/09/2020 - 20:26

That’s the best way to divide tasks into projects, take in account team opinions and skills, But sometimes this could be a bad idea if some partners in the group are not agree and both want to make the sames tasks, so the leader have to choice before if the team has the maturity to swap some tasks.

Submitted by Josapc3 on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 17:01

Well, I don't have a work team at the moment, because I'm the only one person in my department, at the moment but on my previous job, we stablished a leader who would it be able to recognized the skills of every one. After, we created a brain storming and share our opinions to find the best way to complete the project and obtain the best results so I think it's important to keep a good communication with the crew, respet their point of view and hear them.

Submitted by Roblox on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 15:40

Tasks are usually equally divided into several persons in teamwork. The task will be given to person in team who has highly qualified. I am always happy to do the catering and poster design.

Submitted by Nobu1230 on Wed, 12/08/2020 - 06:03

We usually divided tasks according to the decision of groop leader.How to assign depends on the member's skills,passion,trustworthiness,already tasks and characteristic.I think division of tasks has huge impact to performance the team,this is because if the member had the task which different from his ability,he couldn't show high performance absolutely.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Wed, 05/08/2020 - 10:39

In my project team tasks are usually divided by our project manager. I can't say it's always right but something like that, anyway. We have a quite strict structure in our company, so all the tasks go down from the director to the heads of departments and further to the team leaders and finally to the doers. Yeap, the very long chain which includes both vertical and horizontal links. Any initiative doesn't meet acceptance. Sadly, but it's true. Anyway, I always try to have an influence on my task if needed, to be able to do it as best as I can. Even if my boss seems not very happy about that.