15 Behaviours To Make You An Unstoppable Eventprof
Eventprofs earn their reputation by being exceptional at what they do. Here are the behaviors you should adopt in order to be unstoppable in the event industry.
With high competition, fast-paced deadlines and plenty of pressure, the event industry isn’t for everyone but if you are cut out for this career there are a number of ways you can get ahead. Think about who you look up to and aspire to be as an eventprof, look at what they do and then follow in their success! In order to become an unstoppable event professional you need to master yourself and become the best version of yourself, because no-one else will do it for you and this is how you set yourself apart from the rest.
Understand That Things Go Wrong
It may seem negative to start here but it’s probably one of the most important behaviours to remember that can hinder eventprof success. You can do all you can to succeed and plan every meticulous detail of an event, but things go wrong and mistakes happen, not everything can always be in your control. However don’t let the fear of failure stop you from being a great eventprof, innovating and being bold. The important thing is how you react and respond when things don’t go exactly to plan to stop your event from failing.
In the event industry it is important to be authentic and innovative. Make your own path, be true to yourself and take your own decisions, don’t copy others. To be recognized as an influencer and beat the competition have the confidence to be yourself and do your own thing.
Success comes with privileges, perks and extra authority which provides new opportunities and experiences for you and is a great place to be. It is nice to be on the guest list, rubbing shoulders with celebrities and big names and applauded for your achievements. However, don’t let this go to your head as it could lead to your downfall! Stay grounded by reminding yourself of the hard work you have done to get to where you are today and surround yourself with honest, genuine people who aren’t just there to stroke your ego.
Stop “Over Thinking”
You are a professional and serious about your industry and career and sometimes the decisions you need to take can seem overwhelming or paralyzing. In situations like this not taking action could put you at a disadvantage. Be sure of yourself and avoid over-analyzing every situation because there are positives and negatives in everything so make sure you trust your own experience and feelings to see you through and move forward. If you have a gut instinct or something that is telling you not to do something, no matter how good it looks, then don’t do it. Logic isn’t always the right course of action.
Everyone makes mistakes but a real eventprof acknowledges it was their fault and takes ownership. Even if it was a failure from a team member, supplier or other cog in the wheel the buck often stops with the event planner so apologize and find a solution or workaround. Always look at what went wrong and what to do differently next time so that it doesn’t happen again. Every mistake is a learning experience but you can’t use them to improve if you are constantly blaming other people.
Aside from this, blaming others will hinder your relationships, personally and professionally which can hinder your success if you don’t have a good team or support system on your side
Take Things Further
You can make your work harder to copy by creating deep information that provides high value making it harder to be replicated by others. Taking a step further and giving more than everyone else makes eventprofs unstoppable because not everyone can, or will, do it because it takes extra time and hard work. This is also a great way to instil loyalty from your attendees and ensure that they spread the word to others.
The biggest no-no in personal branding is being disingenuous because you will eventually get caught out and nothing you will have done up to this point will have mattered because everyone remembers the negative a lot longer than the positive.
The best part about you is that you are original and therefore you should use this to your advantage and stop trying to be anyone else.
It’s Not All Physical
In a fast-paced and competitive environment, your mental health is just as important as the physical aspects. For eventprofs in particular, strengthening your mental health can lead to higher productivity and a more positive outlook when dealing with the usual high amounts of pressure. It can also help to ward off depression, anxiety and will allow you to avoid burnout, even when your workload seems impossible.
Past experiences, mistakes, failures and even successes should only be used as a learning tool and you should never hold resentment, guilt and regrets or get hung up on your success. Leave the past behind you and continuously look to the future to take advantage of opportunities that develop right in front of you. Remember that you can’t change the past or your previous decisions and banish negativity. Be positive and surround yourself with people with a similar optimistic outlook who represent your future aspirations and goals. If you are grateful, motivated and supported you are much more likely to succeed.
It is easy to overcomplicate things and lose sight of what you are trying to achieve. Sometimes it is good to do the basics well, rather than adding unnecessary fluff or complexity to your event. Check back to the event objectives regularly to make sure you are on track and continually ask what each decision you take will add to the event. For instance sometimes offering a simpler agenda with time dedicated to networking will be appreciated and more fruitful for your attendees then squeezing in another speaker. Likewise eventtech can enhance your event but make sure you have a clear strategy and are using technology for the right reasons.
Have you ever felt like you were not good enough and doubted your own abilities? Imposter syndrome is commonly reported, even by high achievers. Jealousy indicates fear and can be another common sign of feeling insecure. Realise that other people’s successes do not mean that you have failed. Jealousy is just a time waster after all. To be an unstoppable eventprof you need to manage or banish your insecurities and have faith in yourself.
If you achieve one of your goals, acknowledge it, celebrate and move on. Unstoppable eventprofs appreciate what they have achieved but are always striving for more so keep up with the pressure on yourself by setting new goals and timescales so that you don’t reduce your standards or get complacent.
When you become the top of your industry or an influencer, it is also tempting to ease back a little because there is very few others to compete with but this makes you rely on your previous achievements. It is important to remember that there is always someone working to compete with you, so if you can’t look up to see anyone else to motivate you, motivate yourself instead.
Avoid Possession Motivation
Money and ‘things’ are great but if you make your career solely based on possessions or chasing money you can easily be motivated or demotivated by it, rather than just being fired by a passion for what you do. It is always important to be financially aware but chasing profit is not always the best way to achieve greatness and respect.
This isn’t in the authoritative sense, because at times you need to adhere to the rules (and the law!) but Eleanor Roosevelt once said “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. Permission is a matter of perspective and if you want to achieve something, don’t wait for them to allow you to do it, break the barriers and do it yourself, your way because there are a lot of people that will be rooting for you to fail (your competitors for one).
Also, don’t give others the permission to tear you down because given the chance, many of them will. You should retain the permission to affect your actions. Be free and less focused on other’s opinions of you.
Never Stop Learning
The event industry is constantly evolving along with popular culture and trends which means your work as an eventprof will never be done. Being the best involves constant learning and keeping abreast of trends and new technology. If you encounter an influencer or industry professional that you admire, ask them some questions and absorb their knowledge and experience. Different experiences, perspectives and views will help you make more informed decisions in the future.
These 15 behaviours will naturally help you to get ahead in the event industry and to be an unstoppable eventprof. The event planner career can be incredibly rewarding if you make sure that you love and believe in yourself. Focusing on your own behaviour is key and if you make the necessary changes you will be flying in no-time.
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