Event and meeting planning can be challenging. There seems to be quite a few myths that have developed over the years creating a disconnect between what the job is perceived to be versus the reality of the profession.
MYTH 1: ANYONE CAN BE A PLANNER
Planning events and meetings is a high-stress job. We are well-organized professionals, able to manage hundreds of details simultaneously. This is not a job for the faint of heart. Customer service, an ability to listen and understand clients and deliver on what is promised on time and budget are key aspects of the job.
MYTH 2: PLANNING IS GLAMOROUS
Did you know that the job of Event Planning is consistently ranked in the top-5 most difficult jobs alongside police, military and firefighting personnel? Events can be glamorous for the attendees, rarely for the planner.
MYTH 3: PLANNERS ENJOY THE MOST AMAZING RESORTS
We do indeed get to travel to the most amazing places and venues but rarely get to see anything outside of the ballroom. We’re managing the event, which means endless hours on our feet with a smile on our face! We are living in a fishbowl as we are managing the show.
MYTH 4: PLANNERS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE
Yes, most people can plan a dinner party at their home quite well. Planning a large-scale event on the other hand is an entirely different ballgame. Investing in a professional planner will save time and money along the way. You will benefit from our experience, relationships, and discounts, and above all keep your own sanity.
MYTH 5: PLANNERS ARE PLANNERS
Definitely not true. There are different levels of planning professionals. A Party Planner will be able to help you plan a social event such as a bar mitzvah, wedding, and birthday party. An Event Planner will be able to help you with social events and corporate events such as product launches and fundraising events. A Meeting Planner will focus on conferences, tradeshows and meetings and will hire Party or Event Planners to help create and manage the social events under the umbrella of the larger project. Each group has their own professional designation.
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