Everyone has heard this phrase a million times over by now, “the events industry is changing.” And it’s true, the industry is changing. There is a new generation of event professionals entering the workforce, a number of technology tools for events are getting developed and launched every day and people are starting to go outside of their comfort zone to create the best event experience possible. However, what does any of that matter if planners aren’t doing all that they can to expand and grow with our ever changing industry? To make it today, you need to gain new skills, expand your knowledge on the ones that you have and strive to never stop learning.
Being an event planner is hard, trust us we know. It is a very complex job that involves a lot of organization, research, creativity and the ability to think fast on your feet. Yet still, many people have no idea what you do. Instead of having one major skill set to complete the job, like how an accountant’s main skill is that they’re good with numbers, you need to have five, ten, maybe 20 skills that you can master to become the perfect event professional. You need to become someone who wears many hats, and wears them well!
This involves becoming an organizer, a community creator, a marketer, an innovator, an event experience manager, a businessman/woman, a salesperson, a tech expert and a general manager all in one day! It can drive you crazy to wear all those hats, but you have to do it because your clients expect you to be a superhero and save the day. The way to be the superhero is to make sure that you have the ability to adapt to any situation that is thrown at you with ease. And to do this, you need to continue to learn new things in the industry, we can’t stress that enough.
Why do you think that more training, certification and degree programs are popping up for event professionals? This will not only help to answer the question, what do you do, but it will also help you learn what you need to know to make it today. Aren’t you sick of hearing can you please get me another glass at an event. You are not the caterer; you are the mastermind that put this whole damn event together, so let’s get you the recognition you deserve! Let’s help you create your perfect resume.
No one resume will be the same. Everyone’s skills, experience and background differ. You may be an expert in one thing and only so-so in something else, but that is what we are here for. We are here to help you gain more expertise on the things that you don’t know that well and to help you see other skills in a new light. We want to help you become a well round event planner that can be the superhero to your clients, someone who wears many hats well and someone who can adapt to our changing event industry.
Every month until December, we are going to give you a new skill set to add to your resume through a blog post, webinar, speaking slot topic or certification. We can’t review everything with you that is new in the industry or the characteristics that you need to have to make it, but we will give you a great insight and tips on a variety of topics. At the end of the 11 months, you’ll be left with a self-built guide on how to handle most situations that are thrown your way. Not to mention, the perfect resume for you!
Let us know what you want to know more about. Where are some of the places that you maybe need more work? Do you want to become a better salesperson to help you get sponsors for your events? Let us know!
Written by: Kristen Carvalho