Considering a career in event management, but not sure if you’ve got what it takes?
While the qualification might be the first step to learning the ins and outs of the events industry, there are a number of soft skills that will be extremely helpful to you in your career.
These will come naturally through practice and experience, but it won’t hurt to give them a little extra attention if you’re keen for a role in events.
Below is a list of the top skills that unite the very best event organisers out there.
Time management & organisation
Events are rigorously organised, down to the very last minute – and a good coordinator knows the importance of sticking to the timetable.
If and when things run too long or finish too early, this individual is prepared! They have already thought through the alternatives and know exactly where there’s some flexibility – then they’ll jump into action right away.
Interpersonal & networking skills
A good events coordinator will use his/her networking skills to build solid relationships with clients, vendors and suppliers. Creating this valuable business network is the foundation to a successful events role – so smile and start up a conversation with someone new!
With so many different things happening simultaneously before, during and after the event, communication skills are essential for an events coordinator. Instructions need to be given with clarity and concision (as well as be listened to carefully), to make sure all the moving parts operate smoothly and without confusion.
Attention to detail
An events coordinator needs to find that delicate balance between the ‘big picture’ and all the intricate details that make up the big picture. Something as minor as a few missing bows on chairs at a wedding can take away from the magic of the final impression overall.
And finally… staying calm under pressure!
Inevitably, something will go wrong. Whether it’s a speaker that hasn’t shown up or a caterer that’s delivered the wrong order, the cool-headed events coordinator knows that it’s not the end of the world. They’ll quickly move to a plan B and make the best of the situation without blowing off the handle.
Sounds like you could handle working in the wide world of events? Enquire into our Diploma of Events (SIT50212) today and find out where your events career could take you.