Viktorija Marković

How to choose the name for your WikiStage event?
  • WikiStage Stanford, WikiStage Berlin, WikiStage HEC Alger, WikiStage New Cairo - These are only some of the WikiStage Event Names of past WikiStage Conferences. If you are planning to organize a WikiStage Event yourself you probably wonder: how will I call my WikiStage event?

    Since our first event in 2013, we have grown into a network of more than 100 event organizers in 15 countries. Currently, we have 60 upcoming events all around the world, and this number is increasing rapidly!

    That's why a very important detail for us is the exact name of your license. Every WikiStage event is identified by its license name, for example: “WikiStage Stanford” or “WikiStage Maison de l’Europe de Paris”. 

    The number of licenses that we give out every week is growing fast, and it often happens that there is more than one event in the same city. Because of this, we have established a set of principles for event names, so that your audience and speakers can best identify the nature of your event and who is organizing it.

    For this reason, for example, it is not possible to obtain very large and broad license names, such as “WikiStage Italy” (name of a country) or “WikiStage Alps” (name of a large region) neither for generic topics, such as “WikiStage Medicine” or “WikiStage Marketing”.  We also don't give out licenses for too short names with only 2 or 3 letters, like an acronym - there needs to be an additional word to make it more specific. 

    Sometimes we even receive several applications for the same event name. If two people apply for, say, "WikiStage Paris", it's first come first serve. If we have already given out the license for a name, we can't give it to somebody else anymore. However, it is possible that you organise a WikiStage event in the same city where another WikiStage event already exists - what you need to do is chose a license name that is clearly different from the existing one in your city.

    We would like your license name to reflect either:

    - the name of your association, organization, university or company

    - The name of the area within the city

    - with large cities: the name of your district, a monument or a parc that symbolizes your district

    - the name of the location where the event is held, for example: Oslo library, or Théâtre de Châtelet.

    We would like to find a name together with you that more specifically represents who you are and where you will be organizing the event. We would like you to choose and be happy with your license name.

    By choosing the right name for your WikiStage event you will make it clear to your audience, speakers and sponsors who you are and which city or organization you represent. We hope that with these rules we can allow many people to contribute to share fresh ideas and change the world - one event at a time.

Viktorija Marković

How to Find a Photographer for your Event
  • It is a given that when photographing an event, details matter. A lot of hard work goes into producing an event of any size and a photographer's job is in part to capture those details. However, a photographer’s priority should be on capturing defining moments of an event that both tell a story and evoke a feeling. Every image should be about something, whether that be an emotion, reaction, or an interaction, there should be meaning behind the photograph. These are the images that offer a window into what it was like to be there. Prior to the day of your event, it is a good idea to brief your photographer on the series of events if any, and provide them with a written timeline.

    One of the ways to find a good photographer is by talking to your network. This is often the best way to ensure you get someone who’s reliable. Talk to your colleagues and friends for positive recommendations.

    The next good place to start your search is on one of the many freelance job sites around the web. Also, photography associations have large databases where you can find a range of photographers in your area. Talk with the venue or vendors who have worked in the venue about photographers they’ve seen in action before. Is there someone who stands out to them for their impressive work? You might just find a hidden gem this way.

    Look at the communication channels you can reach the photographers on. Do they have a website? Email? Phone? Social media? The more options you have to reach them, the better. Check their portfolio to see the quality of their work. Focus on the examples that are relevant to your event. Also, look out for how many events they have done in the past. Online reviews and personal references are perhaps the best way to evaluate an event photographer.

    Before hiring the best photographer you should ask the photographer different questions so that you learn their abilities, and determine how you can take advantage of their abilities.

    Remember, trying to find an event photographer requires just as much research and attention to detail as finding any other member of your event team. Good luck!

Viktorija Marković

How to Start your Career as a Blogger
  • For many people, blogging is a hobby, but a lucky few earn money from them. You too can turn your passion into an amazing career, by writing about what you love and know the best.

    Develop your skills

    First things first, to become a successful blogger, there are some essential skills that you need to develop. Hard skills: SEO & Research, Writing - Grammar & Spelling, Marketing. Soft skills: Patience, Motivation, Communication, Organisational skills. Both these hard and soft skills are particularly important for those of you who are planning to start making money out of your blogging career.

    Be a Good Researcher

    A very important step is to choose your niche. You need to work hard here to be sure that your niche has a long-run future. Choose the niche which has value in the market and one which gives your exploration opportunities. However, it should also match your likability. You can analyze the competition of your niche through its search volume and keyword difficulty.

    Be a Good Communicator

    You need to be a good communicator in order to know how to become a blogger and start earning. This quality of yours engages users to your blog and give answers to their issues at the same time.

    A good communicator makes a technical article to be both witty and knowledgeable. More time on your blog will increase your reach to people and that’s where you started to earn.

    Network online & face-to-face

    Networking is an extremely beneficial activity that helps to improve your chances of success. Whether you connect with fellow bloggers on LinkedIn or Facebook groups or you decide to attend face-to-face networking events, the people you meet could significantly boost your career.

    Complete an Internship

    Searching for an internship is a great way to advance your blogging career. Whether you decide to find an internship in Content writing alone or a broader sector such as Marketing, the choice is yours. Internships and traineeships provide great opportunities to develop key skills needed to enter a blogging career. An internship will benefit your blogging career in many ways, you will gain practical, creditable experience that you can add to your CV or to your LinkedIn and other professional networks.

    WikiStage is looking for blog writers for our new website. If you are willing to show your writing skills and share your experience with WikiStage (weather is about your experience as an organizer or attendee of our events), apply here and let us know what you want to write about!

Viktorija Marković

How to Write and Publish Your First Blog Post
  • Blogging is one of those jobs that seems easy until you have to do it. Fortunately, it does get easier, and with time and practice, you’ll be blogging like a professional.

    1. Generate ideas
    Coming up with winning ideas is often the most difficult part of blogging, so it’s crucial to carve out time for creative thinking. To get started, consider your goals, niche, your target audience, and what you want to offer readers and customers. Begin by jotting down the types of stories your readers might be interested in.

    2. Write a great headline
    There are two main approaches you can take to writing blog post headlines. You can either decide on your final headline before you write the rest of your post (and use your headline to structure your outline), or you can write your blog post with a working title and see what fits when you’re done.

    3. Add Subheadings and Shorter Paragraphs to Break up the Page

    Formatting is very important for blog posts. Usually, people skim through the content before they actually decide to read it, so it’s recommended to break up your article with subheadings. Another good tip is to use shorter paragraphs to help your readers work their way through your post.

    4. Write as you talk

    Writing like you’re talking to your reader can make them feel like they’re having a conversation with someone, rather than actually reading a post. This way your readers will feel like you’re talking to them one-on-one.

    5. Have someone else to read your work
    This is crucial for inexperienced or casual bloggers. Asking a friend or colleague to check your work isn’t an admission of weakness or a sign of failure – it’s a commitment to making your work as strong as it possibly can be.


    WikiStage is looking for blog writers for our new website. If you are willing to show your writing skills and share your knowledge about the topics that you can find on our website (science, education, motivation, technology, etc.), apply here and let us know what you want to write about!

Viktorija Marković

Tips to Improve Your Skills as a Graphic Designer
  • It doesn’t matter how good you are. Fields like design are always changing, shifting, and growing. The only way to stay on the edge is to constantly learn and improve your design skills. These tips will help you make progress and improve your design skills no matter the level you are at.
     

    1. Seek out opportunities to study with a master who has scaled the graphic design heights you can only dream about today.
    2. Deciding on a specialty early in your design career helps you spend more time developing the relevant techniques.
    3. Show your work, whether it is on social media, design blogs, or industry forums. If they shred them, that gives you the opportunity to evolve.
    4. Master and relish Photoshop, Illustrator, and other design tools.
    5. Collaborating with someone more experienced from the design community, teaches you a better design perspective and opens you up to new techniques of the trade.
    6. Ask for feedback, either from our mentor or other experienced designers, or both.
    7. When it comes to design, experimentation is the key. Trying out new font styles, new color combinations, and experimenting with different tools not only give you more exposure but can also spark inspiration.
    8. Join a graphic design community and actively involve yourself in debates and discussions. By surrounding yourself with like minds (online or in-person) you’re giving yourself the opportunity to grow as an artist.
    9. Keep informed about the latest developments taking place in the industry. Visit forums to see what people are saying, and get information on the latest software that will improve your work.
    10. Always be on good terms with your clients. Resolve any issues amicably - as much as possible - so your client relationships stay in good standing.

      In order to teach yourself design boost your design skills, you must be persistent and keep reminding yourself why you started in the first place. 
      WikiStage is looking for volunteers to become WikiStage Designers. If you have great skills in design that you want to share with the world, apply here.

Viktorija Marković

4 Ways to Sponsor the Event
  • Sponsoring events in your community can help out organizations in your neighborhood or city and provides real benefits for your business. Here are some of the tips on how you can sponsor an event:

    1. Cash/financial sponsors

    As the name suggests, cash or financial sponsors, are sponsors who literally give money to an event organizer in exchange for the benefits outlined in a  sponsorship agreement. This may include logo placement on signage or promotional materials, pre-event content creation, promotions, and keynote speeches.

    2. Media sponsors
    They are, by definition, companies that are able to provide financial aid in securing media coverage for your event. For example, a media sponsor might pay for an advertisement in a local paper or cover the cost of filming a TV commercial. In some cases, they may also publicize your event through their social media channels, write an article in a publication, or even publish a blog post about your event and organization on their blog/website.

    3. Food
    We will all agree, an event isn’t complete without readily available food. Catering an event can be extremely expensive, because of this, it is extremely important to try to find a food sponsor for your next event. There are many different ways to offer brand activation around food at your event -  company-branded drinks, pop-up restaurants, etc.

    4. Venue partners
    Having the right venue partner is a huge advantage when it comes to the overall success of the event. Venue partners will allow organizations to host events at their venue in exchange for either a discounted or completely free rate. Not only does this type of event sponsorship allow for the venue to gain exposure, but it also gives the organization a great location to host their event!

    If you share the WikiStage mission and want to show this to our audience, then we invite you to become a sponsor of a specific WikiStage event. You can apply HERE.
     

Viktorija Marković

8 Advantages of Virtual Conference
  • The year 2020 experienced a sharp rise in the number of virtual conferences being held in the place of physical conferences and this trend will continue in 2021 too. Reasons?


    1. Cost-Effective
    This is the most important benefit of online conferences. Virtual conferences will help you in saving a lot of money. Thanks to virtual events, the overall cost of putting on your event will be greatly reduced, 75 percent less expensive to be specific. The only thing planners have to worry about paying is the costs of the virtual meeting platform.
     

    2. Convenient
    Everyone can easily attend online conferences. All you need is a working internet connection. You can even attend these conferences by using your smartphone. Also, online conferences are available for a lifetime.
     

    3. You can easily collect feedback
    Like in-person events, feedback is crucial for virtual events. Your attendees will be always available during your virtual conference, which means they can easily answer real-time polls or surveys in sessions.
     

    4. Virtual conferences are global
    Planners are always trying to increase their event’s reach to engage more people. With virtual events, that’s easy! Your attendees can join your event without traveling. People from across the world can join instantly without thinking about travel. Thus, virtual conferences will help you in growing your audience.
     

    5. The platform will gather lots of data
    Data collection is typically much easier when you host a virtual conference. Virtual platforms let you know exactly who your audience is and what they do.
     

    6. It Saves Time
    Because your event is virtual, you’ll also save yourself, your staff, and your attendees so much time. Although virtual events do require some setup time, it’s tremendously less than that of an in-person event. They also require no travel time!
     

    7. Easy Networking
    Using live text, audio, and video chat, attendees can engage with industry specialists to create connections and get detailed, personalized insights regarding the agenda of the conference.
     

    8. Reduced Environmental Footprint
    Virtual conferences eliminate the use of brochures or any supplementary material that cause paper waste, and instead make this information available in the form of online resources. In addition, other aspects such as the removal of travel can further reduce the carbon footprint assosicated with your event.


    If you are willing to organize a Virtual Conference under the WikiStage name apply to become an organizer HERE. Our team will give you al needed support and guidance.

Viktorija Marković

How to Choose a Topic for Your WikiStage Blog
  • We want to make a blog page an important part of WikiStage and help people find out more about what we do. If writing is your cup of tea, we will be more than happy to welcome you as a blog editor!

    Tell us everything about your experience with WikiStage, what WikiStage means for you, or any other topic you would like to share.

    For WikiStage organizers – you can write about your motivation to become a WikiStage organizer, what was your role in the team, and what did you learn from this experience. Many of our organizers are sharing their experience and give meaningful advice on how to organize a WikiStage event for our future organizers. This way they are contributing to our Community which is all about sharing knowledge.

    What is the best way to lead and manage the team? How to find sponsors?  How to grow your social media accounts?  How to find speakers?  How to design the stage? How to attract attendees? – These are just some of the questions that our new organizers are asking about when starting to prepare for the event.  You can read blogs that are addressing some of these questions here.

    For WikiStage attendees – tell us what did you learn? What is your favorite WikiTalk and speaker? Did you meet like-minded people and made new friendships?
    There are many people for which attending a WikiStage event was a life-changing experience. We would like to hear more of these stories because this is our biggest motivation to keep doing what we are doing and to know that we are on the right way.

    For WikiStage speakers – what are your tips for a great WikiTalk? What is your expertise and what is the topic you were talking about? How do you prepare for the speech in front of the numerous audience and how do you inspire others?

    There are more interesting roles in WikiStage: International Ambassador, Mentor, Designer, Blog Editor, Photographer/Video Editor, Sponsor.  If you took a part in any of these roles we invite you to tell us more about your motivation and achievements.

    Also,  you can write about what you learned on our online video platform, what WikiStage means for you, or any other topic you would like to share.

    Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to write about your experience with WikiStage! You can apply here.

     

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