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The love-hate relationship between event professionals and their job is quite an incredible one. In very few industries can you find such passionate and dedicated individuals.
The relationship with our job is far from being straightforward. Quite the opposite, it can be stressing, daunting and boring but also energising, rewarding and fulfilling.
I've always been fascinated by how dedicated event professionals are to their events. I am also gobsmacked by the patience we have when dealing with our guests, clients and vendors.
This is probably why Event Coordinator moved up in the ranking as the 5th most stressful job , preceded only by Airline Pilot, Firefighter, Military General and Military Personnel.
If you'd ask a firefighter I am sure they are not excited to dive into flames to save someone. Yet they would do it again and again for that rewarding feeling of actually saving human life.
The same can be said for event professionals. We are not overly enthusiastic about several aspects of our events, yet the feeling of making our guests happy keeps us very attached to our job
So join me, with a tad of humour, in our journey through the most irritating and rewarding moments of being an event professional.
Love Vs. Hate
You hate: When clients want to be event planners
You love: A plan coming together
You hate: No Shows
You love: The after party with your team
You hate: When attendees think you are their personal assistant
You love: Being the boss
You hate: When dietary requirements become an order to a 5 star restaurant
You love: when you could have done 100 things better than Jennifer Lopez in "The Wedding Planner"
You hate: Last minute requests, requests, requests
You love: Your child birthday is the event of the year at school
You hate: Technology that doesn't work
You love: Technology that works
You hate: The stress of the night before
You love: Being an accountant, a chef, a handyman, a project manager, a social media expert, a waiter, etc.
You hate: Travelling
You love: Travelling
You hate: Rain
You hate: Clueless, unhelpful Venue People
I hope this post made your Tuesday better. Share it with your colleagues, I am sure they will agree.
I am equally certain you have plenty more to add, so use the comment section.
Photo by Erik J. Gustafson