With the advent of new technologies and social media, it’s true to say that the way in which we plan events nowadays has changed. However, the personal qualities required to be an event professional have not and it’s these qualities that make the difference between being an average or outstanding event planner. If you are looking to hire an event planner, these are the traits to look out for.
1. Outstanding People Skills
Planning an event requires the ability to work and negotiate with a large number of people. Whether you’re managing a team, negotiating with a supplier, or networking with guests, it’s important that an event planner knows how to communicate effectively.
Successful event planners are personable, engaging, good conversationalists and excellent listeners.
Although having a robust plan and budget in place for your event is a cornerstone for success, so too is being adaptable and reactive to change.
Event planning will always bring unexpected problems and an event manager should be flexible and take them in their stride. They need to be able to think on their feet and make good decisions when under pressure.
3. They Have an Eye for Detail
A good event planner will dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’. They know to pay close attention to every detail to make sure everything runs smoothly. This is how they are well equipped to anticipate potential problems and prevent them ruining your event. Attention to detail allows them to be confident that everything is properly organised and in place for your event.
A good event planner will always have lots of ideas. They are able to come up with new concepts or ideas that will help make their event stand out from the competition. They can take their vision for an event and bring it to life.
Good event planners are able to anticipate problems and come up with with creative solutions to make things work.
5.Time Management Skills
Multi-tasking is part and parcel of an event manager’s life. Being able to prioritise tasks whilst keeping multiple workflows moving forward allows a good event manager to be more productive and achieve more within a limited time period.
6. Highly Organised
Alongside a keen eye for detail, a successful event planner also needs to be able to keep on track of multiple tasks, while remaining completely in control throughout.
A good event planner will need to keep on top of managing vendors, day-to-day tasks, keeping the client happy, and many, many more things all at once. And as such, being highly organised is a must for successful event planning.
7. Tech Savvy
Modern day event planning requires a successful event planner to be aware of and fluent in a number of different technologies.
From being able to use a wide range of event management softwares, to understanding how to use social media, ticketing software and electronic check ins, a good event manager will know how to use them all.
Companies interested in honing their event planning skills and strategy can contact Wendy Marston.