Event Planning Takes Experience
With any new job, it is going to take some time to learn, adapt, and conquer those tasks. No one has ever gone into a job that is completely new and been able to perform perfectly like they have been working for ten years. Starting something new can be very scary but so can staying in the same place. I believe it is important to gain life experience to become a successful event planner.
There are multiple places you can start getting experience in the real world. First, begin with trying to plan vacations or events with your friends. Nothing too small but nothing too large either. This is something that will just get your foot in the door, as people say. By doing this with friends, you can ask their opinions, gain knowledge how to research, and much more. Friends will be more understanding if something does not go as planned or if the party is boring. But this is called trial and error so you can find out what works and what does not. In the article by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch they give tips on how to plan a stress free event in just 17 steps. It may seem like common sense or stuff you already know but reading about it from someone else just may give you a perspective you did not have before.
Once you feel a little more comfortable planning events with your friends it is important to gain more experience and a great way to do that is by volunteering anywhere you can. Maybe even get a summer internship if you are in between semesters of school. From the website Event Planning Blueprint with Melanie Woodward there is a great article that explains how to start with a volunteer event planning job. It is important to show the people you are volunteering for that you are dedicated and can handle the job without being paid. When you volunteer you are not the person in charge or fully responsible for the event going just as planned as it should. But you do get to see everything first hand which is what really will give someone the best experience before actually taking over and planning events themselves.
There are obviously classes and courses you can take also expand your knowledge of what to be prepared for, how to choose the right thing, and so much more but nothing will beat real life experience. Once you put yourself out there and experience what it is like to plan your own events then nothing will be as valuable and memorable as that experience.
From personal experience, I always knew I would want to become an event planner when I would help my parents plan family vacations or have a joyous feeling inside when I would organize activities with friends for the night. From there, I have started to assist planning events at my work with the executives and I am so excited to further my experience with something a little more challenging.
Do not be afraid to try something new. Please comment below to share your experiences with getting started in event planning.
Rockmore, A., & Welch, S. (2012, February). 17 Tips To Organizing A Stress-Free Get Together [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.blogher.com/17-tips-organizing-stress-free-get-together
Woodward, M. (2016, September 22). How to Get Started In Event Planning By Volunteering [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://eventplanningblueprint.com/started-in-event-planning-by-volunteering/
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