Being an events manager is not for everyone – and certainly not for the faint-hearted. It’s been officially recognised as one of the most stressful jobs in the world. In fact, according to a 2017 survey by CareerCast, event planning is the fifth most stressful occupation, beaten only by more obvious contenders, such as firefighters, police officers and airline pilots.
While newer technologies have made certain aspects of event management somewhat easier, this has not diminished the importance of the core qualities that only successful events managers possess. These are the attributes that distinguish the brave from the truly heroic.
If you’re searching for a great events manager for your membership organisation, here are the qualities you’ll want to look for.
This one’s kind of a no-brainer; without question, the number one quality of successful events managers are excellent interpersonal skills. They must be adept and comfortable interacting with everyone, from high-level executives, government officials and vendors, to co-workers, customers, and event attendees. In order to successfully work with such a wide range of people, they need to be able to nimbly and confidently resolve conflicts, while maintaining a good sense of humour.
In addition to understanding the needs of key stakeholders, a great events manager is able to work with and manage an entire team of people in order to ensure the success of every event.
Calm & Confident
As touched upon in the intro, another obvious ingredient for being a great events manager is the ability to stay calm under pressure. With their team looking to them for answers to almost everything, they can’t afford not to radiate composure and confidence. In moments of stress, the last thing an events team wants is a shaky leader who makes poor decisions, because they can’t handle the pressure.
Successful events managers stay level-headed and continue to treat everyone with respect, no matter what. By remaining confident, calm, and collected in all situations, they help to instil these qualities in others.
Adaptable & Innovative
Events managers have to wear many different hats, which requires a good deal of flexibility and innovation. They aren’t afraid to think outside the box to get the job done, viewing challenges as opportunities to explore creative solutions.
When putting events together, things can always change at the drop of a hat, and what can go wrong, often will. An events manager should, therefore, be able to take these changes and setbacks in their stride and work accordingly. By being able to think on their feet, great events managers are ready to face any kind of situation with confidence and poise.
This adaptability doesn’t only apply to the many things that events managers find themselves being asked to do on a daily basis; it also applies to embracing the new innovations and technologies which continue to develop in their industry.
Passionate & Enthusiastic
The secret behind every great events manager is that they truly love what they do. Genuine passion is the engine that enables them to overcome obstacles and stay calm when things aren’t going well.
While skills like time management can be learned, real passion can’t be taught; however, it’s a necessary ingredient of any successful events manager. Events planning is much more of a vocation than it is a profession.
Highly Organised & Detail-Oriented
While organisation is the key to being successful in many different roles, nowhere is this more important than in event planning. To successfully and plan and run any event, a meticulous system of organisation is required, with a checklist for each stage of the process.
While great event managers never lose their focus on the big picture, they’re also able to keep track of all the details. This attention to detail is crucial for ensuring that everything is properly organised and in place so that each step of the event goes off smoothly.
In addition to being well organised and detail-oriented, great events managers know how to prioritise the important things and manage their time, which allows them to be productive and achieve more within a limited window of time.
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