At EIBTM last week I had the opportunity to mingle with many event organisers (#eventprofs as we are affectionately known on Twitter). Whenever you attend event industry exhibitions such as IBTM, Confex, the Conference and Hospitality Show, etc or go on a ‘fam trip’ or similar opportunity which gathers event planners together you know that you are guaranteed to meet like-minded people. It seems that to work in the events industry you need to have certain character traits and this almost guarantees that you will get along with each other! It made me think about what the key personality requirements are and I came up with the following list.
1. Friendly, outgoing and able to talk to anyone (about almost anything)!
An event organiser has a very public facing job in terms of face to face contact with clients and attendees so unsurprisingly you need to have great people skills. If you are the shy and retiring type this probably isn’t the career choice for you!
2. Happy and positive outlook
The best event managers and the most successful people I encounter in life in general all seem to have a positive and optimistic outlook on life. At Events Northern Ltd service with a smile is vital.
I think a level of confidence is required to manage people and attendees effectively and deal with any challenges that come along calmly with a level head. Refer back to point 1.
Event Managers often work very long, unsociable hours. It is often fairly physical work too and you need to ‘get stuck in!’
The most obvious personality trait that an event planner needs is to be very organised and methodical, with excellent attention to detail.
I would love to read your comments on other key personality traits that event organisers should possess!
You may also be interested to read our earlier blog post: Business Etiquette Tips for Event Managers