Finding success for event planners is a long process. You must build a reputation, showcase that you can pull off events that are amazing, and all this while, keep the connections you make on the market. This is not something that happens overnight. However, for event planners who are looking to ensure they are successful, we have combined a few tips to help you out!
Always Have a Backup Plan
Too many event planners go into organizing an event with no backup option at all. They assume everything will go off without a hitch. However, that is not always the case. Whether it’s a family emergency or having goods not delivered on time, from small to large problems it can cause a huge issue! So it’s wise to always have a backup plan.
Preparation is Key
Are you prepared for any type of scenario that could arise? Do you have a contingency plan for if things go wrong? Being prepared is the key to success. Those event planners who are prepared are going to have a solution for any situation that arises.
You Must Love Planning Events
If you truly want to be successful in the event planning world, you must love what you do. This love is going to be seen with everything that you do for clients, and will directly affect how people see your work!
You must be flexible with dates and times, as well as the budget for your clients. Find out what they want, and then aim for a lower amount than what was specified. Being flexible ensures that you plan an event that is great even if you are limited on supplies, location or even budget.
Are you Adaptable?
Imagine being an event planner and getting a phone call two days before the big event that more guests would be coming. This may mean organizing more seating, ordering more food and accommodating to last minute changes. Being adaptable in these situations is going to mark you as a star in the event planning industry!
Be sure that you have started to compile resources you can utilize when planning an event and do this as soon as you start planning events professionally. Make sure that you are staying in contact with venue owners, restaurants, and individuals involved. Maintain a relationship with these people so that you build a rapport and can use their locations later for an event! For those who are new to the market or simply looking to find more venues, VenueTown is a great place to start!
Always Stay Calm
Successful event planners are those who are going to stay calm even if they are under pressure from the event that they are planning. You want to be one of these planners! Be sure that you remain calm outwardly, even if you may be screaming and panicking on the inside.
Have a Vision
You must have a vision for how an event is going to play out. This is a necessity for success with every event that you plan. Without a clear vision of how this is going to be, you will find that it makes it impossible to plan and direct this event!
Be sure that you are detail orientated. This is a huge characteristic of those who are successful event planners. The more attention you have for details, the better the overall event is going to be!
Have a Sense of Humility
While most event planners do not think of humility being involved when planning a special occasion, it most definitely is because you have to remember this event is not about you. It is not about showcasing your skills. It is about the client and their needs. While this event may help to launch your career, always keep in mind who the event is about for the best result!