COMMUNICATING THE AGENDA TO PARTIES
If you want to communicate events effectively, here’s what you need to include:
What is the event? What will you do, what can people expect, what is the goal? State this explicitly, even when it’s an event that’s been done often. New people who haven’t been there before should be clear about what will happen. And don’t forget to use words that new Christians or non-Christians will understand!
Tip: Ask someone who doesn’t know the event to look at your flyer or brochure and ask them to tell you what they think the events entails.
If you want youth to come to your event, you have to make sure your event communication is effective
It’s a beginner’s mistake and yet I’ve seen it happen way too often. Always, always check if the ‘when’ of the event is on the invitation, meaning the date.
Tip: I’ve found it helpful to include the day as well, so instead of writing ’14 November’, use ‘Monday 14 November’.
It’s another one that’s easily forgotten, especially when churches have their own building and everything takes place there. That’s all very nice, but don’t you want new people to know where it is? Include the name of your church or building, the street and town and if necessary the room the event is in.
Tip: A lot of people use navigation to find places, so including a zip code or GPS coordinates may be helpful.
Make sure the targeted group is clear, who is the event for? ‘Teens’ can basically mean anyone between 12 and 20, so when you mean ‘middle scholars’, be clear about that.
Tip: Decide if you want to target age (eg 12-16) or certain groups (high scholars) to prevent the ‘wrong’ people from showing up. We made this mistake once when we stated an age on a flyer for our 16+ youth group and some 16-year olds from the teen group showed up. We should have made it clear the event was for the youth group.
Whenever possible, try to include why people should come to your event. What’s in it for them? What will they miss out on if they don’t come? This can make a difference for teens that are still on the fence about coming or in attracting new students to your event.
Tip: If the ‘why’ isn’t clear, if you have trouble defining this, you may want to rethink the whole event. The why should be crystal clear to you and anyone involved in the organization.
This includes practical info on whether or not they need to sign up (and if you where and what the deadline is), what they need to bring, how much it costs (and how to pay).
Tip: Make it as easy as possible. You may be tempted to refer to a website of Facebook Page for more info, but that requires an extra step which will be a roadblock for some people. Whenever possible, just include all the info in one place to make it as easy as possible for students to come to the event.