1. Creative Problem solving.
“In other words, the ability to maneuver with grace, confidence and thoughtfulness all the known unknowns and unknown unknowns of an event and the people in attendance.”
2. Preparedness, Tactfulness and Patience.
“Be Prepared. Be Patient, Be Tactful (especially when you want to really injure someone who has been discourteous), and most of all be able to think on your feet because don't care how organized you are something out of the ordinary may happen.”
3. Team Player.
“An event planner has to work with a team and other people in order to ensure the event is a success. This means that the manager should have the ability to tell and listen without any issues. It is important that the event manager understands what the client needs and then find ways to fulfill those needs or come up with different options.”
4. Great Listener.
“An event planner must be a good listener. He/she must be able to listen to every detail of what is required of him/her, both verbal and nonverbal messages and be able to interpret these to successful events.”
5. Impeccable Attention to Detail and Organization.
“Organization!!!!! Can you imagine being an event planner and not being organized...no way! :)”
6. Cool Confidence in Stressful Situations.
“Always smiling :) , no matter what you are thinking on the inside. Most importantly keeping your cool. I think we have all heard the saying - Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”
7. A Plethora of Industry Contacts.
“A great network of industry partners cannot be too far down the list. An event planner who can work miracles usually doesn't do it alone. He/She needs partners in every industry who can deliver results at a moment’s notice. Gotta have a great caterer, gotta have a great flooring guy, pyrotechnics, print, AV, etc. etc. The more connected you are, the more solutions you can offer.”
8. The Ability to Humbly Admit Mistakes. There is nothing more endearing than a person willing and able to admit a mistake and actively work to find the solution.
“Events inevitably change and a planner either finds a solution for a problem or let's it impact the quality of the event. I've watched planners who immediately place responsibility on others. Not acceptable for a successful planner. Take ownership, think creatively, lead, and have back up plans. When something exceeds those parameters, even your plan b, make it work!”
“THINGS always come up, it is important to remember why you are there and what the purpose of your event is. I always enjoy ours because I strongly believe in what we are doing for our clients and the goal of our events, anything that comes up can be handled when prepared, just remember the overall goal!”
10. Customer Service Savvy.
“It's all about customer service and providing that ultimate, memorable experience. As Jennifer Diller said, providing that customer service is about being flexible and being able to adapt to sudden changes during events. Event planning is an exercise in problem solving!”