Start Your Own Event Planning Business
Many people and organizations find that they lack the time and expertise to plan events themselves.
They find it nesseccary to hire a professional event planner, a person who knows how to design an
event, and do the myriad things needed to bring it off successfully.
The author, Krista Turner, has worked with Deborah Williams, Kim Quigley, and David Granger in
a 13-year-old event planning company in Dallas. In this book, she tells you the Who, what, when,
where, why, and how of the event planning business. She also provides you with important lists,
forms, and tips.
Can You Be an Event Planner?
Owners of event planning businesses are often people who planned events for the company where
they worked before deciding to go into business for themselves. If you haven't planned events for
a company that you worked for, you can gain experience as a volunteer.
Some event planners work out of their homes, while others rent office space. This book details
the adavntages and disadvantages of both. Few event planners work 9 to 5. By its very nature, event
planning tends to involve working evenings, weekends, and holidays. How much time you must work will
depend upon the specialization you choose. Event planners have a passion for thier industry, they
can't wait to get to the office most days.
The Personality of an Event Planner
To be a successful event planner, you should have many of the following personality traits:
- Organizational ability
- Attention to detail
- Ability to take charge
- Ability to solve problems
- A bility to handle the pressures
- Decision-making ability
- Good communication skills
- People oriented
- Ability to think on your feet
- Tact in dealing with people
- Ability to follow through
- Not afraid of grunt work
This book covers:
- Finding Your Niche
- The Corporate Market
- The Social Market
- Interviewing Prospective Clients
- Attracting and Keeping Clients
- Organization and Coordination
- Hiring Personnel
- Choosing Vendors
- Plus much more