Here at Reinventing Events, I am getting quite the education. During my rookie months with the company, seasoned event veterans, Karen and Katie, have taught me more than I could ever imagine.
With their imparted wisdom and my hands-on experience with events, I’ve learned some helpful tips I thought I would share with you all.
1. Set deadlines for yourself
And stick to them! It’s easy to procrastinate on tasks in the months/weeks leading up to an event since most deadlines with clients and vendors are relatively flexible. There is nothing worse than knowing you have procrastinated on a task, so set deadlines for yourself and stick to them! I’m trying to improve on tackling a task as soon as it’s assigned. This ensures you are doing quality work.
2. Educate yourself
- About your client. Research the company and be able to give an elevator pitch about your client when people ask what you’re working on.
- About the event industry. This industry is always changing and it’s important to keep up. We stay fresh by following BizBash and watching videos at Event Leadership Institute.
- About the different aspects involved with events. I’m learning that it’s necessary to know a little bit about aspects like A/V, catering, and design. The more you know about these different realms, the better service you can be to your client.
3. Think outside the box
Spend time brainstorming creative ideas. Research alternative venues and explore Pinterest for new ideas. People are always impressed with things they’ve never seen before. Always welcome outlandish ideas, because with a little bit of fine tuning, you could be on to something great!
4. Be like a duck
Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath. Producing an event is stressful! I’m learning that it is okay to be stressed out. It means you care. However, stress is contagious, so freak out all you want on the inside, but make sure you remain calm on the outside because people will pick up on your nerves.
5. Have fun!
The most important lesson Karen and Katie have taught me is that if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong!
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