At Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc., we have grown to know three types of clients. There are the clients who dream of hosting an event, but need us to assist in molding their goals and vision. Another type of client has an existing event and they are interested in transforming it or an entirely new start. A third type of client has set sail into unchartered waters and has an event in motion and realizes they are in over their heads and need our help to pull it together and execute. We appreciate each of these clients and the unique opportunities they pose. Whether you are hosting a business meeting, a national convention, a fundraising gala or a celebration, the operational elements to consider are similar. Here are a series of event planning pitfalls to avoid regardless of the type of event you are hosting.