Want To Know How to Become an Event Planner?
So you enjoy partying, but are you also organized? If so, have you ever considered how to become an event planner? This could be a ideal choice for you.
The term events organizer covers a wide range of possibilities, from arranging the entertainment and catering for kids’ birthday parties to setting up large corporate events such as international conferences. Depending on the type of work you want to do, there are various options ranging from employment with an international company to setting up your own small local business venture.
Become an Event Planner in the Corporate World
If you want to work for a big company and be in charge of all their conferences and meetings, you will probably need some sort of related qualifications or at least some relevant experience.
Video – Tips which will help you Become an Event Planner
This type of job will vary according to the size and nature of the company, but might include tasks , such as arranging travel and accommodation for overseas delegates, booking interpreters, arranging catering, co-ordinating all the staff during the conference, which could last for several days. And you will also have to be ready to deal with any emergencies which arise, often being on call 24 hours a day. You will have to pay attention to business-related factors such as marketing and branding and have an understanding of the right type of venue for events, as well as the type of equipment needed, for example for presentations.
Business experience will help you find work as a corporate events planner, particulary if it is relevant to the job. So if you have worked at a convention centre, in catering, hospitality or marketing you will have an advantage. In fact, if you have used organizational skills in your worklife, which is often the case if you have been a secretary or an administrative assistant, you will have developed many of the necessary skills.
If you are just starting out, a business related degree will form a good background or a degree directly related to finance, as budgeting will be an important aspect of the role.
Self Employment – How to Become an Events Planner in Your Own Town
If you are considering setting up a small business in event planning, but not sure if you will enjoy it or be any good at it, you can try it out by volunteering to help someone organize a party or wedding.
This will help you to see what is involved in an event of this type. Even if a wedding or party is quite small, it will always be a very significant event in the lives of the people involved and so you can’t afford to make any major mistakes.
When you are trying out your planning skills, you should give yourself plenty of time. Even i f you are only doing some of the work, you should follow the whole process which will enable you to see the big picture.
Let’s say you are helping a friend or relative to organize her wedding. You should make sure you are involved right from the beginning, so that you are aware of every step. Buy a large, strong notebook and write down everything, even the tasks which aren’t your responsibility. You can use this information to develop your own lists to use in future. You will also get an idea of how far in advance flowers, photographer, church etc need to be booked.
You need to think about the main players – ensure that both bride and groom get to the church or other venue on time, that the best man has the rings and bridesmaids’ presents.
You should also consider things like the honeymoon – in some cases you may be required to collect tickets, arrange a taxi to the airport and make sure the luggage is in the right place. In some cases you will be in charge of everything, especially for avery big wedding, when you may need to bring in some additional helpers.
These days, weddings are not always traditional and you may find that you have to plan themed weddings or weddings in an exotic resort. You could start off with local weddings and once you have some experience, branch out into overseas weddings. There is a lot to consider before making a decision – should you specialize in one particular resort for example. And of course, what to do if something goes terribly wrong – such as cancelled flights due to snow or some other emergency situation.
Or you might prefer to organize parties for adults, teenagers of children in your local area. It’s probably best to choose one age group to start with and focus on a particular theme, such as fancy dress. Once you have some experience, you can either become an exclusive planner in your niche, by planning the best parties or you can develop a few different types of party. This will depend on where you live, how much you are able to charge and how quickly you can pay additional staff. Remember that you can get casual staff such as students or mothers who want to earn a little extra but don’t need a full time job.
If you have particular skills such as cooking, you might want to plan and cater exclusive dinner parties or you might be an entertainer and combine that with your planning skills. Don’t forget that you will need extra help on the day of the event, as someone will have to be on hand to supervise everything and deal with emergencies while you are in the kitchen or on the stage.
To learn more about becoming an events planner or meeting and convention planner in the United States, go to: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos298.htm
And although not specific to the UK, here is some useful advice
If you want to know how to become an event planner, the best advice I can give you is to try it out for yourself.