Today's tip of the day is short and simple: Plan Everything.
When you're bringing in a speaker, begin planning a month in advance, maybe earlier if they are a big name. Plan out how the speaker will arrive, who will get them water, how you will advertise, who will do what advertising, what you will do after the speech, etc. When you want to launch a new project like an organizational blog, plan out not only the mission and who will be writing, but also what days of the week people will write, what topics people will cover, etc. The more you plan, the easier it is to get things done and the more time you have available to deal with problems come up. If you don't plan, though, it's very difficult to address problems when they arise. Don't think you can throw something together at the last minute. The more you plan and anticipate what is going to happen, the better your event will be.