Thursday, December 27th, 2012

How to Become an Event Planner

How to Become an Event Planner

To be an Event Planner attention-to-detail is a must.

Being an event planner is far more than just planning the coolest parties. Event Planners oversee every single detail of an event, glamorous or not.

It is, however, a very exciting and fast-paced job, perfect for people with great organizational skills.

Your Day To Day Tasks Will Include:

  • Meeting with trade and professional associations and other groups to promote and discuss conference, convention and trade show services
  • Meeting with sponsors and organizing committees to plan scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets and to review administrative procedures and progress of events
  • Coordinating services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, conference and other facilities, catering, signage, displays, translation, special needs requirements, audio-visual equipment, printing and security

Where to Study:

You can get trained at schools like:

What else do I need?

Attention-to-detail is a must. Also, you need to be able to produce under pressure. When something goes wrong (and it will), you need to be the calm one who has the answers.

Where the Jobs Are

Once you’re trained, you can also apply for other job titles like conference and meeting planner, conference planner, and conference services officer. Many event planners also start their own company after they’ve been in the business a while and have a long list of contacts.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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  1. Kathy Griffin Says:

    Extremely useful piece of information for people wanting to take up event management as their career option. Managing an event for any client is never easy, because it involves keeping track of every possible detail pertaining to delegate number, budget, etc. And it has been seen that people with great organizational skills are the ones who have been highly successful in this profession.

    Besides the points that are mentioned, here is another one that can help to make your event very successful. How about inviting guest speakers, performers or entertainers for the event? That way, you can bring in more people for the event.

  2. KathyinSC Says:

    Great post! I totally agree with the “attention to detail” part. Stress goes hand and hand with this type of work because so many others are always counting on the job you do. It’s a wonderful way to make a living and there is always something that comes up to keep you on your toes. Great post – short and sweet but full of info. Thanks

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