- customer service skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- leadership skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- maths skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
In this role you could be:
- discussing what the client wants
- coming up with original ideas for events
- agreeing budgets and timescales with the client
- researching venues, contacts and suppliers, and negotiating prices
- booking venues, entertainment, equipment and supplies
- hiring and supervising contractors such as caterers and security
- publicising the event
- making sure that everything runs smoothly on the day
You'll also be:
- ensuring that health, safety and insurance regulations are followed
- managing a team
You could work at events, at a client's business or on festival sites.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.
With experience and a good track record, you could run events that have larger budgets and eventually progress to management.
You could work freelance or set up your own events management business.
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You can find out more about becoming an events manager from:Association of Event Organisers; Hospitality Guild