An events manager is an organizational master who makes sure events of all shapes and sizes go off without a hitch. Tasked with everything from preparing decorations, hiring entertainment, organizing schedules, and actually running the event, an event planner coordinates all the small details that come together to make an amazing affair, be it a conference, convention, exhibition, fundraiser, party, or wedding.
Whether working for a company or a client, in a team or individually, events managers have a busy schedule. They meet with prospective clients, make presentations and pitches, and establish budgets even before the real event planning begins. When planning does commence, an events manager works directly with clients throughout the process to ensure their vision is met, keeping in mind accessibility, deadline, permits, budget restrictions, and other factors.
The main goal of an events manager is to ensure an event runs smoothly. That means managing many different people and services at once, from support staff to catering to security. The ability to multitask is essential for an events manager in order to deliver the best possible service. An events manager should also be quick on his or her toes, able to deal with any problems as they arise.
- Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to multitask
- A talent for leading large groups of people
- Ability to work well under pressure with strong problem-solving skills