When I tell someone I’m an event planner in response I usually get a confused stare. And I regularly am asked “that” question from friends and family “but what do you actually do”. I recently saw an online advertisement for an on-site event and meeting planner. It basically said if you can imagine a career of exciting travel. Filled with one glamorous local after another. Getting to stay in some of the most stunning hotels and resorts worldwide. While getting to be part of the very thrilling events and meeting industry. Then this is the job for you. Planning events to an outsider may indeed seem like a super exciting and glamorous occupation. But the truth is the skill set required to get the job done is one filled with hard work and a long list of abilities, know-how and responsibilities. Event planners are expected to come to the table with the best mix of drive, enthusiasm, organization and flexibility. And the job always requires the planner to be knowledge hungry.
An Event Planner Language – REALLY?!
An event planner is responsible to ensure a whole host of elements come together. Look at any event planning course and you will find that students are there to learn. About the foundation, groundwork and skills needed to successfully get a leg up in the planning industry. Once our education and/or training is complete and we start using all we have learned; and with time our resourcefulness, innovation and skills hopefully become routine. I know for me it basically did. But then there’s the language.
At times, event planning can seem like another language. And I’m here to say the one thing I never expected or anticipated was having to learn a whole new lingo. Whether we’re sourcing, booking, planning or buying; our industry has a whole host of its own terms, expressions and vocabulary. Some make total sense while others not so much. There was a time when I didn’t know the difference between a BEO and a RFP.
Event Planner’s Help is Here!
Communicating with suppliers can sometimes feel like we talking two different languages. With so many different terms and expressions; staying up-to-date with the always transforming event planning language can be a pain and stressful. But once you know it, you know it.
Having a good grasp on industry terms helps us all to communicate and in the end do our job better. MasterTheEvent.com has a handy dandy glossary chock filled with some of the latest and greatest industry terms. Wonder what a Lanyard or a CVB is? Then check it out. The glossary is a great tool and was created to help us all.