Event Management Skills:
Flexible Yet Proactive
Flexibility is essential for an event planner as the tasks that you have to undertake may be varied depending on the type of event that you are asked to plan. You may be asked to stage events as an event planner for activities that you may not be completely comfortable or familiar with. This requires a commitment to doing research and asking for guidance, from those who are familiar with the activity that you are to undertake, to ensure that you do what is required of you.
Say for example you are asked to organize and stage an agricultural exhibition, and you are unfamiliar with many of the components and requirements for such an event. This is where you have to do research, and consult with individuals who may have participated in similar events before. This would allow you to get the knowledge and insights, about what has to be done, to mount an agricultural based event, so that you will know what needs to be done to produce such an exhibition.
You will also have to be very good at anticipating the potential problems and areas that will require attention and be proactive in putting plans in place to deal with these situations before they happen. Experience at staging particular types of events, will help you to anticipate what these potential challenges will be and assist you to plan so as to ensure that those situations do not occur. If you are unfamiliar with a particular type of event, then you need to ask questions and ask for help from those who know what to expect so that you can put measures in place to manage what is likely to happen in relation to the staging of the event.
It is normal for unexpected problems to occur during the planning process, leading up to the actual event. This will often require you to make adjustments to deal with any issues that may arise. In your mind you must be willing to make changes when necessary and be creative so as to be able to come up with options when faced with challenges. Alternative paths can then be taken to solve problems when the original solution cannot work for the task at hand.