Job Title: Meeting/Event Planner
Education: Columbia Union College, Strayer University
Previous Experience: Variety of administrative support positions.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is that you coordinate all of the details of an event or meeting. You work closely with many players, and constant attention to detail and organization is the key. The worst part of the job is tearing everything down once an event is over.
1. Get involved with planning events. Even in high school, take charge of planning fund-raisers, homecoming, class trips and the prom. While in college, you should get involved with the local music industry and slowly began networking with musicians and or other groups.
2. At least having an Associate's Degree in business management will give you some pratical business guidelines if you're looking to go out on your own. Experience working within a hotel, specifically as a social event sales manager.
3. Become a certified meeting planner. Look into becoming a certified meeting planner in the next year or so. Event Planners who want to become a certified meeting planner should look into Meeting Professionals International at www.mpiweb.org
4. When beginning work with a client, always get the budget first and then breakdown the different costs associated with the event. If you know ahead of time how much you have to spend in each category, you know where you can splurge and where to negotiate better costs.
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