These days it isn’t easy getting everyone together. While it’s true that mobile communications have evolved in leaps and bounds, enabling us to speak to (and even see) our distant loved ones on camera; the age of being constantly connected doesn’t come without its drawbacks. Being slaves to our smartphones and constantly available to handle just one more task can be detrimental to our family time. If you’ve been yearning to get the brood together and reunite family members separated by distance and time, check out how in these five simple steps:
- Create a family reunion website – While you may be addicted to Skype, your kids are probably Snapchat fanatics, and distant relations may use other applications, or only access the Internet a couple of times a week. Creating a family reunion website where everyone speaks through the same platform, will take away any barriers in communication. All family members can see what’s going on and you won’t have repeat the latest news and updates thirty different times across multiple platforms.
- Decide the perfect place and time – Be aware that work pressures and other factors, such as distance, cost and time, mean that you’ll need to give everyone a lot of notice to get your gathering off the ground. Be understanding. If your family are all interstate, then probably four months’ notice is enough. But if you want relatives to come from overseas, six to twelve months is probably necessary to allow them to request their vacation dates and save for their flight tickets.
- Get everyone involved – You may be the one with the idea, but that doesn’t mean that all of the work should fall on you. Giving everyone involved an online portal that they can use to track updates, post comments, show photos and give opinions is the perfect way to share the burden of coordinating everyone. Learn to delegate and assign everyone a different task; that way it’s very clear who is charge of what and feels accountable for it.
- Discuss what you want to do at the event – Build up enthusiasm and excitement for the big day by discussing what you want to do in advance. From family reunion games to slideshow presentations, dancing, gift giving, or saying a few words to those who can’t be with you, talking about the event and sending updates is the best way to ensure maximum attendance.
- Track your progress – When you use online tools to organize your event, you can use a calendar or timeline to track your progress, and even add reminders so that no one forgets what they had to do and when.
It may sound like a lot of work to do, but collaborating together will make it fun, and getting the family reunited after so long will be your priceless reward.
Michael Peggs is the founder of content marketing agency and SEO agency Marccx Media, where they specialize in SEO and Content Marketing. Before Marcxx, Peggs worked at Google in business development, forming digital media and advertising partnerships. He is also a blogger and podcaster, hosting the iTunes Top 10 New & Noteworthy podcast You University – The Personal Branding Podcast.