Meri Took is renowned for straight talking and at the RSVP Melbourne ISES breakfast he had a bit to say on sponsorship.
Now Meri is someone who totally gets the value of sponsorship and has been a great supporter of RSVP right from the outset. This year for Melbourne his company, Staging Rentals, supplied the staging for the RSVP meeting Hub – the venue for the ISES breakfast.
“If you are going to sponsor – do it properly” Meri stated. “Supply your best product, work with other suppliers and don’t pull out at the last minute because a better job came up.” And in a direct reference to the situation encountered for this event “If you offer to supply chairs, supply enough”
And of course he was right; another supplier stepped in at the last minute to make up the seating for the event.
Meri also noted that someone needs to take control to ensure the artistic integrity and production of an event, or any part of it (so bizarre looking trees don’t turn up on your carefully designed set).