Sunday, June 10, 2007

Tips For Event Planning

BEWARE --- A STRONG HEART - You Can Not Be - A SOFT HEART - And be a successful event planner. You are in charge of the entire event - there will be no second chances.
Believe it or not, when it is time to present your company and yourself the "The I am Number #1 has to be branded on your chest."

NERVES OF STEEL - In order to deal with arrogant bosses, administrators, fathers, mothers, brides or grooms- problems or no problems you must stay stern, upbeat and positive during the event. (You can fall out later after all is said and done). NEVER SHED A TEAR the opposition must always see a smile -(never a frown) on the event planners face.

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE --- Why event planners stick it out through pressure, crazy hours, and deadlines. "They love what they do." "The event planners motto". "You are only as good as your last event.". You will be called upon to make many decisions, a lot of times in only a split second. You must have good communication skills. Your ideas must be planned out effectively to your clients, staff, and vendors among others. Your image must stand out with a (save the day emblem on your chest).

FLEXIBILITY--- Remember there is always something that will go against the grain. It will never show up on the planning chart. You must always be ready for the great come back pull it by the strings, horns or by the nose to make sure your event goes off with a hooray --get set you must bring a client back to reality - sometimes their
plans are way above their budget, **hint let them know way before the last item on the check list is check off" ---you must must let them know the decor they are looking for does not go with the theme that they are trying to present.

SMART TIP -- While keeping your business on track, offer your services as a volunteer. This will present a good record for you to follow. Make sure you are assisting the person who is in charge and that you get the experience you need to put your business on the track and run with it.

SMART TIP -- The average event planner will host anywhere between 40-50 events per year whether it be corporate, trade shows, conventions, company picnics, holiday parties, meetings, fundraisers, receptions. Try and find a smaller event and work your way up the ladder. Lets not forget our social events as well-- weddings, birthdays, and anniversary parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, Sweet 16 parties, children's parties, graduations, and reunions etc.

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