Before I became a professional event planner, I spent many years as an Administrative Executive Assistant. Along with all my other duties of keeping the office picked up, filing all the documents we needed to keep, answer all the phone calls, provide customer service, type all the boss’ correspondence, act as a liaison between the boss and employees, I also arranged the sales, customer, and employee events. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED arranging the events.
I began by arranging the same type of events that my predecessors did. After a while they became boring for all of us. Luckily, I was in a sales organization at the time. Our headquarter office held incentive campaigns all the time. One of the best event I arranged during that time was a multi-day sales retreat held in one of the most prestigious places in our region and incorporated the headquarters’ incentive swag. I even used the incentive item packing material to decorate the tables. Overall, it was a great hit!
I’ll never forget when during dinner at the event my boss called me to the front of the room. He asked all the attendees to stand up. Then he asked them to start clapping and turned to me and said, “Carol, this is your standing ovation for doing such a great job on this event.” Best memory ever!
Meanwhile, my administrative work suffered and my stress level was high. A few years later, the company was bought out by a larger company and I was laid off with a handsome severance package. For the first time in my work career I was at a point where I could decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. That’s when I decided to ditch the administrative work and make event planning my career.
Since that time, I have earned the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Convention Industry Council, Medical Meeting Management (MMM) certificate from the Professional Meeting Planners Network, and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree (BA) in Hospitality from Metropolitan State University of Denver. For the past 10 years I have run a small event planning company.
I tell you all of this to say that while it is good to give your administrative people a chance to have a creative outlet in their job, there are also signs you need to hire a professional event planner.
Read the article “7 Surprising Reasons to Hire An Event Planner” published Baroncini-Moe Executive Coaching at http://susanbaroncini-moe.com/7-surprising-reasons-to-hire-an-event-planner/.