I attended an event in Sydney yesterday for a thought leader and business coach who works with lots of women, particularly in the real estate space. The venue was fancy and spacious and well set-up, with a great bounty of flowers and tables of women there to learn and support each other. Lunch was delicious! As Monday's go this one did not disappoint. In the last hour we were given feedback forms to fill out that prompted us to leave a comment for our host to consider next time. That got me thinking about what makes a successful event from an attendee perspective. Here are my 5 must-haves; what would you add? 1. A nice venue: Spending a day somewhere you'd not normally go is a real incentive for me. It doesn't have to be a fancy address, but consideration of the ambience is a huge draw card. 2. A great keynote/guest speaker - at yesterday's event this person was the star of the show, no question. I took so many notes and even today some of her points are still circulating around my head. 2. Feeling " comfortable" - "good" hosts need to tread that very fine line between making people feel included but also not singling out those more introverted guests hanging out on the sidelines. 3. Well-spaced breaks - you don't want to be getting up every five minutes but also, an hour-hour and a half seems like a long time to be sitting without getting up. 5. A takeaway "something" - a pen, a gift bag, a magazine, a notebook, a key ring, a copy of your book. It makes you look generous and acts as a bit of reminder of the event days or even weeks later.