Looking for new adventures that drift from the conventional 9-5 work shift?
Perhaps there’s room for your talent in a creative but yet managerial field as Event Manager. Aside from just picking food and décor for different clients, Event Management as a career has many interesting aspects to consider that will make our route for crafting a successful business a challenging career that many will love.
Let’s analyse some key points that will broaden your basic experience in what this field enthrals.
1. Battling boredom as a lifestyle
What makes the job of a famous event management so outstanding in comparison with what his/her peers would do? Undoubtedly, providing the best service for the budget a client expends is a unique asset to have, but also there are other factors to consider for putting us in that unique level.
Many experts in this field and companies who have crafted a name through reputation and innovation agree that there’s no way to get bored within this job.
Why? Let’s put it this way: you will meet a vast range of customers, with different tastes, meetings/parties to plan. Therefore, you will always learn something new from the mere act of working.
2. Don’t neglect experience
All good things happen for those who wait, or so does common saying goes by; for Event Planning, it’s true that you need to be patient, but also you ought to keep moving your contacts for getting your chance in potential work opportunities.
Nobody is going to contact you unless you have referrals that validate the work you have done. Despite having a terrific portfolio and a resume that can be the envy of many designers in academic achievement, this is an industry in which experience is well-paid.
The reason behind this fact relies mostly in stress management, as many times you will come across unexpected events like subcontracts failing to commit to an event that is about to start, or dealing with an unsatisfied client who can’t get his mind on what he wants the event to be like.
This is where experience pays its price, and the reason why big corporations only hire those who have a trajectory of their own.
3. Accept criticism
Common folks will just assume your work is fun and easy-going just because you happen to be a “party planner”. And it’s obvious that will happen as they don’t see the other side of events (or even parties) since they never experienced such innuendos.
You should take criticism as a constructive opinion and not as a personal attack, regardless of the tone the person in question happened to use prior making its mind on your performance. In case of something wrongly done by you, it’s a chance for improvement, and where being in contact with the opinions of that client/event attendant can even lead to more business contacts.
On the opposite side of the story, it will be only a sign that you are doing a good job, as envy is something we will come across at any point of our life.
4. Be a team leader
You are not alone in this boat. Milestones won’t be completed unless you learn to delegate those time consuming tasks that won’t allow you to keep the workflow in movement. By this, you don’t have to be a tyrant whose co-workers happen to be afraid; be that effective leader who is there to give a helping hand when needed, that person who inspires its crew to give always the best and don’t take anything for granted.
Most of the success rate of your company will be product of a well-made team work that allows your brand to grow steadily and meet up with exciting top-level challenges.
Clients always feel whenever the work environment isn’t as desirable, and the least they expect is to be witnesses of a row in the middle of an important event just because a group of your employees didn’t meet the expectations for the job to be done.
5. Turning skills into job success
As we mentioned above, there are several factors to consider within event planning. Your key point on this behalf will be to find that silver lining that allows you to put your skills to the service of others.
Consider in first instance creativity: take enough time to learn from the best event planners in industry, either by attending conferences or university, or simply learning through the way they work.
Having knowledge in colour theory, interior design, fashion trends, etc. can set the difference between a simple event and a memorable encounter.
Negotiation is the most crucial skill you will have to develop, as the second most important activity besides crafting the concept for the event is to multitask the various elements that will interact, reaching an understanding with many subcontracts for services and where money is the language to be spoken.
You have to defend your client’s interests, your reputation and also respect the company whose services you plan to hire – not an easy task to accomplish.