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Look back to plan ahead, says PCO

The importance of reviewing past conferences when coming up with a critical path for the next one was emphasised by a leading Australian professional conference organiser over the weekend.

Paula Leishman, of Leishman and Associates, told attendees at a workshop during the PCO Association Conference in the Gold Coast that a critical path is like a ‘massive to-do list.

‘It allows you to maximise the opportunity to get things done on time, on budget.’

The PCOA conference is being held at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre now and there is a strong contingent of Kiwis among the 440 attendees (exhibitors, sponsors and delegates).

‘It is important to produce a final report at the end of each conference so you can look back at that when organising the next one,’ says Leishman.

‘It should be a complete summary – here are the things that went well, here are the things we can improve on, and here are the innovations we should be considering for the next event.

‘If you don’t sit down and plan you can get over-run. People get confused about what they are doing and you waste a lot of time.’