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Conference and exhibition manager

Conference and exhibition managers plan and run events like trade shows, conferences and exhibitions.

Potential salary

£17,000 to £60,000

Employment by 2024

+3.38%

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

You may:

  • publicise events
  • book venues, equipment and visiting speakers
  • oversee the design and printing of tickets, posters and publicity material
  • plan the running order of events
  • supervise and pay exhibition designers and caterers
  • work closely with venue staff
  • handle enquiries
  • sell stand space to exhibitors
  • arrange sponsorship

You could work in an office, at a client's business or at a venue.

Your working environment may be physically active and you may spend nights away from home.

You could work for an events management company, exhibition venue or marketing department of a large organisation. With experience, you could take on bigger events and move into management.

You could also set up your own consultancy.

You can find out more about careers in conferences, exhibitions and events from the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers.

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