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As we dive into 2024, the year is filled with opportunities and possibilities for a new career.

Event management continues to emerge as a dynamic and rewarding career path for many with the right skills. So, if you’re considering a shift in direction, now is the perfect time to reflect on what it takes to excel in this fast-paced industry.


Understanding the world of Event Management

Before applying for event manager vacancies, it’s important to understand the world of event management and the skills you need to possess to succeed.

Event management starts with a blend of two skills: creativity and organisation.

Good event management is about creating memorable experiences that resonate with guests long after the event.

But you need to be adaptable and flexible, too. Plans can change at a moment’s notice, and the ability to pivot quickly is crucial. Whether it’s a last-minute venue change or a shift in the event’s theme due to current trends or news, successful event managers must be prepared to handle unexpected situations with grace and efficiency.


Organisation is an essential skill

A good event manager can spin many plates in seamless succession. There’s venue selection, supplier coordination, and attendee management to consider, so being a good organiser is non-negotiable.

A successful event manager keeps track of many details, ensuring nothing falls through the cracks.

Using digital tools and project management software can be a game-changer in staying organised and on top of tasks. Trello is a fabulous visual project management tool that can help you keep all the varying elements of your event in check. You can add files, checklists, or even automation from project, workflow, or task tracking. Use its customisation tools to ensure you and your team (if you have one) can manage your event seamlessly.


You need to be good at problem-solving

Anyone who has ever run an event, big or small, will tell you planning is key. The unexpected will always happen no matter how well you plan for an event. With so many moving parts involved in a great event, there are times when elements don’t work, arrive late or fail to meet your expectations. So, with that in mind, you need to be good at problem-solving, too.

Event management often involves thinking on your feet.

When challenges arise, creative problem-solving becomes your greatest ally.

This skill is particularly crucial when dealing with significant events, where the expectation for uniqueness and excitement is high from your guests.

To create a memorable event, you need to consider delivering plenty of surprises. And you’ll need to call upon several suppliers to deliver all the props, elements, food, drink and more. Liaising with many different suppliers, stakeholders, and even event sponsors calls for strong communication skills.


You must be an excellent communicator

Clear and effective communication is the cornerstone of successful event management. This includes your interactions with your event sponsor and suppliers, too. You need to be able to quickly and easily convey the event’s vision to your team or the event’s stakeholders.

Strong communication ensures everyone is on the same page, working towards a common goal.

Building a solid network of suppliers, specialists, and venue contacts is invaluable to becoming a successful event manager. Good relationships can mean better deals, a more reliable service, faster delivery and even the inside scoop on a new venue that has just been opened.


You need to be able to keep a firm eye on the numbers

Running a successful event isn’t just about creativity; its success is often determined by your ability to stay within its financial boundaries. Skillful budget management means making intelligent choices that maximise impact without overspending.

It’s about balancing creativity with cost-effectiveness, ensuring the event is spectacular and financially viable.

You need a flexible mindset to quickly adapt your plans if your ideas are likely to take you over your budget.

The devil is in the details, as they say. Paying attention to the small things – from the seating arrangements to the timing of the event schedule – can make a significant difference in the overall experience for your guests.

A can-do attitude is essential.

Finally, there are two more skills that you need to become a successful event manager: passion and enthusiasm. When times get tough, you must have a genuine passion for event planning and a can-do attitude. Having these skills ensures your job is more enjoyable, but it will also inspire you to go that extra mile to truly wow your client or event sponsor.


If you’ve got these skills, then get in touch…

The event industry will never stand still and continues to evolve. Sustainability, digital integration, and personalised experiences are becoming increasingly important in events. Staying ahead of these trends and continuously developing your skills will ensure your success in this industry.

If you’re considering a move into event management and possess most of these skills, this could be your best decision this year. We have many event management vacancies on our books that are poised for you to explore.

If you’d like to discuss your plans and how we can help you make that career change into events, contact Nick Edgar, Senior Consultant, today.

Tel: 0117 317 8103


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