Convention and meetings unite individuals for a shared purpose and it’s the job of the convention and meeting planner to make sure the event goes off without a glitch. It’s also the responsibility of the meeting planner to organize and plan every single detail required for successful conventions and meetings. Undertakings can and will include everything from site location selection to agenda design; from negotiations to meeting logistics. And rumor has it there is an increase in conventions and meetings, and therefore an increased need for planners capable of planning and organizing various meetings, conventions, events and seminars. Also, there is some speculation in the industry that this career has been said to develop quicker than the “typical” profession.
Every single meeting, event and convention is as diverse and different as the people attending so this is where all that planner multitasking expertise really does come in play. To be a meeting planner many vital characteristics are needed. Not only is organization key but attention to detail, hardworking, flexible, a problem solver as well an acute love of planning help fill the bill. As we know planning a meeting and/or conference can be an absolute nightmare filled with long hours, stress, travel and hard work. But the right person armed with education, experience and the ability to communicate (along with many other factors!) turns that nightmare into a dream. Yep I said it; there are lots of meeting planner jobs out there that are to die for. I have seen many a meeting planner thrive, excel and succeed in this fast paced, no end to the challenges environment.
Meeting Planner Jobs – All About The Work
Surprisingly, meeting planners spend a great deal of time in the office at their desks striving to achieve the objectives and goals set for the successful execution of the meeting and/or conference. But once the actual meeting arrives is when the onsite juggling begins. And a planner will spend the majority of their onsite time, 24-7, concentrating and working on the successful implementation of functions and tasks while realizing all things meetings and events.
Planners manage and oversee numerous different meetings and undertakings all at the same time. It’s not often you meet a planner whose sole responsibility is to plan one and only one meeting at a time before they move on to the next one. In addition to creativity a keen sense of imagination, foresight, the ability to visualize and listen and the knack of knowing what people will like and dislike, enjoy and despise all while staying on the dreaded budget.
Meeting Planner Jobs – Is This For You?
Meeting planning is not, and I repeat not, all about planning parties. I for one think it is an amazingly special career path. There are various types and levels of meeting planner jobs, some unique and some the usual suspects. Each and every position comes along with a different set of opportunities, expectations and skill sets. To those on the outside looking in, meeting planner seems like the absolute perfect job. A job filled with excitement, fun and the opportunity to attend all the best events (and parties). However by taking a closer look one truly sees that while the job of a meeting planner can be fun, thrilling and extremely rewarding, it is filled with long hours, hard work and stress. If this sounds like you and you flourish and prosper in this kind of environment, then you my friend are the picture-perfect person for meeting planner jobs.
If you envision a career path filled with lots of great things on both ends of the spectrum. A career that is always, always worth the effort, take a closer look and don’t ignore this industry.