Monday, February 29, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Event Planner

Whether it is a wedding, educational conference, or business convention, meetings and events bring people together for a common purpose. Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate every detail of events, from beginning to end. Event planners are involved from inception to debriefing. They consider the lodging and services that the facility can provide, how easy it will be for people to get there, and the attractions that the surrounding area has to offer. More recently, planners also consider whether an online meeting can achieve the same objectives as a face-to-face meeting. For example, they negotiate contracts with suppliers to provide meals for attendees and coordinate plans with on-site staff. They organize speakers, entertainment, and activities. They also oversee the finances of meetings and conventions. On the day of the event, planners may register attendees, coordinate transportation, and make sure meeting rooms are set up properly. Becoming an event planner doesn't require a bachelor's degree in hospitality management, but having one is definitely beneficial.

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