Wow. That’s all I can say right now. I know that event planning is a ton of work, I’ve helped in various classes and with organizations I’m involved in. I have a new appreciation for those that run events. I’m co-running an event for my PR Campaigns class and I had no idea it was this much work! For those of you in event planning, what got you interested in doing this? It’s definitely interesting, as everything is always changing, but it is definitely stressful.
I’m still connecting the dots between public relations and event planning, but I can see where they can coexist and how they can help each other. I can definitely tell you adults still act like kids, so working with kids for so long has been a HUGE help in dealing with adults today. Guerrilla marketing may be a calling for me, that’s for sure. I’ve had a blast coming up with innovative ideas on how to spread the name of an organization in a new and fun way.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a blast doing it. I just had no idea what the people at the top did! I also learned very quickly to work from the end backward. We had to plan everything for the “day of” the event and then have to work backward in getting everything from everyone and get it sent to where we need it. This includes the smallest things like napkins for food and signs for parking and directions. I’m not sure if I’ll be pushing to go into event planning in the future, but who knows.
Working with and meeting all types of personalities is a trip. I’ve had some very angry people, who I’ve been able to calm down, and some people who are just “yes” people and don’t come through with what they promised they would do. I’m beginning to understand why some people can get stressed out from all of this, however, so far I’ve been successful in controlling the job and not letting the job control me (so far.) They gym definitely helps (ha ha.)
I’m definitely up for suggestions on ways to keep things in order and get info sent out to who it matters in a timely manner, please share.