The Exciting and Diverse World of Event Management

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Event management is a fascinating field within project management that involves creating and developing personal or corporate events of varying scales, such as meetings, conferences, anniversaries, weddings, parties, concerts, or conventions. The process includes brand research, identifying target audiences, event planning, and coordinating technical aspects before executing the event.

Today's event industry encompasses everything from the Olympics to corporate breakfast meetings. Many industries, celebrities, charitable organizations, and interest groups organize events to promote their brands, build business relationships, fundraise, or celebrate achievements.

The process of planning and coordinating events is commonly referred to as event management. It involves budgeting, scheduling, venue selection, legal documentation, transportation and parking coordination, speaker or performer arrangement, decoration, ensuring event security, catering services, liaising with third-party vendors, and contingency planning. Each event is unique in nature, so the planning and execution processes vary accordingly.

An event manager is responsible for planning and executing events, overseeing creative, technical, and logistical aspects. This entails designing the overall event, building the brand, developing communication and marketing strategies, audiovisual production, scriptwriting, logistics, budgeting, negotiation, and customer service.

Due to its complexity and fast-paced nature, event management is often considered one of the most stressful professions, ranking just below the medical field.

Strategic Marketing and Communication

Event management can be a tool for strategic marketing and communication, utilized by companies of all sizes. Companies can benefit from advertising-focused events to communicate with current and potential customers. For example, advertising events can take the form of press conferences, promotional events, or product launches.

Event managers can also use traditional media channels to reach their target audience, hoping to generate media attention that will reach thousands or even millions of people. They can also invite their audience to attend events and engage with them in real-time.

Selecting Event Venues

Event venues can be either onsite or offsite. Event managers are responsible for operating at a rented or entertainment venue when they liaise directly with property owners. An event manager oversees all aspects of the event on site. Some tasks listed in the introduction can be transported to the venue, but they usually come at an additional cost.

Events carry significant liability risks for both the organizer and the venue. As a result, most venues require organizers to have general liability insurance or specific coverage for events of a certain financial value, at least $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in the aggregate, which is the industry standard.

Business event managers secure event venues to hold corporate meetings, conferences, networking events, trade shows, product launches, training sessions, or group encounters in a more customized environment.

Sustainability

Sustainable event management, also known as green events, is a process used to produce events with special consideration for environmental, economic, and social issues. Sustainability in event management involves incorporating sustainable development principles at all levels of event organization and aims to ensure responsible event hosting. It involves encompassing sustainable principles and practices at all levels of event organization and ensuring that an event is organized responsibly. It represents a comprehensive package of measures at an event and needs to be integrated. The green process should start from the project's initial stages and involve all key stakeholders, such as customers, organizers, venues, subcontractors, and suppliers. A recent study suggests that transitioning events from in-person to virtual formats can reduce carbon emissions by up to 94% (virtual format) and 67% (hybrid format with more than 50% in-person attendance) due to the change in per-capita carbon emissions and attendance rates.

Technology

Event management software companies provide event management tools with features to handle routine activities such as attendee registration, hotel bookings, ticketing, or space allocation.

A recent trend in event technology is the use of mobile applications for events. This technology is evolving and allows event managers to simplify and efficiently manage both complex and simple events. Mobile apps have many different applications. They can be used to contain relatively static information such as schedules, speaker bios, and frequently asked questions. They can also encourage audience participation and interaction through interactive tools like live polling/voting, sending questions to the speaker during Q&A sessions, or building direct interaction "word clouds." Event mobile apps can also be used by event organizers as a means of communication. Mobile apps help achieve better overall results for events and help minimize mundane tasks for event organizers.

Education

More and more universities offer event management training in the form of certificates, bachelor's, or master's degrees.

The Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida introduced the first Bachelor of Science program in Event Management in 2006. The program combines core training in fields like hotels, tourism, customer service, accounting, and marketing with event management, including sales, advertising, technology, design, risk management, and catering-specific courses tailored to specific interests such as cruises, clubs, wine, or exhibitions. Other degree programs do not provide a full regular degree but often offer specializations, such as New York University, which provides a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management with a specialization in event management. The University of Florida also offers a similar program.

Due to the limited number of university degree programs, it is not uncommon for event managers to receive their degrees in business administration, marketing, or public relations. To enhance their resumes, those interested in event management often earn one or several certifications to specialize in specific areas. These certifications may include:

  • Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)
  • Certified Exhibition Manager (CEM)
  • Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM)
  • Certification in Meeting Management (CMM)
  • Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE)
  • Event Design Certification (CED)
  • Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP)

Conclusion

The world of event management is vibrant, dynamic, and ever-evolving. It offers a thrilling career path for those who enjoy creativity, organization, and the ability to bring people together. Whether you dream of planning a grandiose conference or a small intimate wedding, event management guarantees diversity and excitement.

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