HOST SUCCESSFUL MEDICAL & PHARMA MEETINGS WITH A PROFESSIONAL EVENT STAFFING COMPANY
Few events offer the face-to-face networking opportunities that pharmaceutical dinner events can. They provide an important opportunity to build relationships with potential and current customers and key stakeholders across the healthcare landscape.
Plus, bringing people together over a fantastic meal can make a lasting impression that will solidify those relationships for years to come.
However, hosting these types of events at restaurants comes with its own set of challenges. From finding an appropriate venue to ensuring the food is up to par, a lot can go wrong.
That's why working with an experienced on-site event staffing company is critical to the success of your medical dinner meeting. Read on to learn more about the common struggles pharmaceutical dinner events face - and how an event partner like SIN can help!
The Struggles of Hosting Medical Dinner Events at Restaurants
As a pharmaceutical or medical professional, you're probably no stranger to hosting dinner events at restaurants.
But just because you've done it before doesn't mean it's easy. In fact, there are a number of challenges that can make these types of events more difficult to pull off than other types of meetings or events.
1. Finding an Appropriate Venue
The first challenge is finding a venue that is appropriate for the size and scope of your event.
You need to find a restaurant that can comfortably accommodate your guests and any audio/visual equipment you may need. Additionally, the venue should be conveniently located and easy to get to for all of your guests.
2. Making Sure the Food is Up to Par
Setting a tone goes beyond finding the perfect location. The experience should engage all the senses - and that means the food needs to be on point. You need to find a restaurant that can provide a delicious, high-quality meal that meets your guests' dietary restrictions.
3. Overcoming the Challenges of Audio/Visual Equipment
If you're planning on presenting any audio or visual content at your event, you'll need to ensure the restaurant has the appropriate equipment.
This can be a challenge, as not all restaurants are equipped to handle audio/visual presentations. Additionally, you'll need to ensure the staff is familiar with operating the equipment to avoid unexpected hiccups during the event.
4. Managing On-Site Logistics
From setting up and breaking down the event to making sure all of your guests are taken care of, there are a lot of logistics that need to be managed when hosting an event at a restaurant. This can be daunting, especially if you're already stretched thin with planning other aspects of the event.
5. Focusing On Connections Over Convenience
The bottom line is that while hosting medical dinner events at restaurants can be convenient, it's essential to focus on making sure the event is effective.
That means creating an environment where your guests feel comfortable networking and connecting. It's not always easy to find a restaurant that strikes the perfect balance between convenience and connection, but it's worth the effort to ensure your event is successful.
Tips for Overcoming the Challenges of Hosting Medical Dinner Events at Restaurants
If you want to pull off unforgettable medical and pharma meetings, work with an experienced on-site event staffing company. The right team can help you manage the logistics of your event so you can focus on making sure your guests have a great time.
Here are some tips you can put in place to ensure that your next medical and pharma meetings are successful:
1. Don't Wait Until the Last Minute to Find a Venue
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when hosting a medical dinner event is waiting until the last minute to find a venue.
This increases your chances of settling for a less-than-ideal location and makes it more difficult to find a restaurant that can accommodate your event on such short notice. Plus, the shorter you cut your plan time, the less you can prepare for beverage and dining details.
The Solution: Working with an established event planning company can help you land the right venue for your event.
They have relationships with various restaurants and venues in the area and can help you find one that meets your specific needs. Plus, the right brand activation and event staffing agency can ensure that your event meets compliance requirements.
SIN not only connects you with the best venues, but our team will facilitate the conversation between reps and venues to ensure the beverage and food budget receipt requirements have been met or discussed.
2. Plan A Dinner That Exceeds Expectations
Pharmaceutical dinner events are a dime-a-dozen in the industry. So what is going to set your event apart from the rest?
The answer is simple: an exceptional dining experience. This means giving thought to everything from the unique menu items to the restaurant's overall ambiance.
The Solution: Work with an event staffing company that has a team of experienced event planners and chefs who can help you plan a dinner that will wow your guests.
Our team at SIN delivers white-glove customer service to all in attendance. We can even work with your chosen restaurant to provide all-inclusive meal packages tailored to meet pharmaceutical and medical devices company's regulations and budgets!
3. Create a Seamless Audio/Visual Experience
As we mentioned earlier, one of the challenges of hosting medical dinner events at restaurants is ensuring the venue has the appropriate audio/visual equipment.
This can be a significant problem if you're relying on the restaurant's staff to operate the equipment, as they may not be familiar with how to use it properly. If your guests can hear or see what's going on, they won't be able to fully engage with the event.
The Solution: Invest in a team specializing in audio/visual production and venue preparation.
At SIN, we work with AV providers who understand the compliance aspects of running events for pharmaceutical and medical meetings of all sizes. Our team will ensure that the venue has the appropriate room size and elements to accommodate AV and speaker presentations.
4. Make Sure Your Guests Feel Welcomed and Valued
A welcoming and attentive staff is the finishing touch on the perfect dinner medical or pharma meeting. Your guests should feel like they are the only ones in the room from the moment they arrive until the moment they leave.
The Solution: Make sure every guest feels seen and heard with a team that considers hospitality their top priority. They will be there to greet your guests, answer any questions they may have, and make sure they feel comfortable throughout the event. This will free you up to mingle and network with your guests without worrying about the event's logistics.
5. Collect Information Without Sacrificing Ambiance
Don’t let your event end without capturing the necessary information from guests! Many medical events create a wonderful experience but fail to ensure proper registration or post-program surveys to capture valuable data.
The Solution: Work with a staffing partner that handles all data capture effortlessly from start to finish. At SIN, we develop an appropriate event registration that helps plan for the best event possible - and create post-event surveys that matriculate guests into your sales system.
Create Unforgettable Medical & Pharma Meetings with SIN
Hosting the perfect medical or pharma dinner event doesn't have to be complicated. The key is working with a team of experienced professionals who can help you take care of the details so you can focus on what's important: your guests.
At SIN, we specialize in creating unforgettable events that exceed our client's expectations. As Washington D.C.'s premier brand activation and event staffing agency, we have the resources and expertise to ensure your event is a success. From compliance to registration and beyond, our team can handle it all.
We are proud to offer a variety of services, including:
- Product demo ambassadors
- Talent models for product release events
- Event staff for dinners and other corporate gatherings
- Gala and fundraising event talent
- Brand ambassadors for trade shows and conventions
- And much more!
With trained and experienced staff, we can help you create a custom event that is tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today to set up a consultation and discover how we can help you take your event to the next level!