In the fast-paced world of event management, the unexpected becomes the norm. Being able to anticipate the unforeseeable is a useful skill to have if thousands of people are depending on you to provide a safe and entertaining event. Bordering on barely contained pandemonium, most major events like concerts and festivals are organizational nightmares to anyone besides an event manager.
Death by a Thousand Details
If I had to choose another career than writing, I would be tempted to try my hand at event management and planning. These phenomenally talented people have a seemingly infinite amount of energy at their disposal. They are also organized to the nth degree. I’m in awe, honestly, of their ability to lead from behind the scenes.
I’m afraid that despite my own organizational prowess, I probably wouldn’t make the cut as an event planner, as daydreaming is one of my favorite pastimes, along with a compulsive research habit. Where an event planner has already outlined a 5-point plan for virtually every task in their day, and parceled out the responsibilities, I’m likely to be contemplating a tree with linguistic reverence.
Life of the Party
A skilled and trained professional event manager is always in demand wherever an event is to be held. From contacting vendors, scheduling talent, planning meetings, and fine-tuning the umpteen million tiny details that make a successful event there is no shortage of work to go around. It takes a meticulously calculated schedule to pull off an event without mishap.
Event management is rarely the product of a sole individual’s labor or expertise. Rather, a coordinated team of experts in several fields of event management often work in unison to achieve maximum efficiency and optimal results. Concerts, festivals, office parties, corporate retreats and sports events are only a few of the various events that fall under their areas of expertise.
One Bad Apple Spoils the Barrel of Fun
As I said before, an event manager knows all too well that Murphy’s Law will strike when least expected. They are not only prepared for these eventualities, the expert manager has already crafted a Plan B, C, D, and E. This is where they shine the brightest. It’s an event manager’s goal to head off life’s little surprises and redirect resources to accommodate before anyone notices.
While the guests are blissfully unaware of these issues, they will invariably notice if something is amiss. A properly managed event is simply more successful than one that is left to fate. Some problems that may arise cannot be anticipated in any way whatsoever, but a good event manager will try their best.
The Time of Your Life Was Carefully Calculated
The next time you attend an event of any size, stop and consider what a massive undertaking it truly is. If you pay close attention, you’ll likely notice an event manager overseeing it with the poised calm of a professional. So, the next time you plan an event, call an event manager and enjoy the party.