You Know You’re an Event Planner When…

Inspired by a post at the Event Manager Blog, where they shared this fabulous infographic, entitled “You Know You’re an Event Planner When…”, I thought I would see if I could come up with some ideas of my own.

You Know You're an Event Planner When
Source: Event Manager Blog

Being an event planner is hard, stressful work and while there are lots of ways to make event planning less stressful, it’s definitely the kind of career where you need to be able to relax and have a bit of a laugh after a hard day at the office.

Even if you’re not an event planner, there will be times in your life when you plan a birthday party or a wedding and you get a touch of “party planner syndrome” – where you suddenly find yourself spending large chunks of your life in places like Office World, buying clipboards, testing inboxes and trying on headsets mics, just to “see how they look”.

It’s at times like these, especially when experiencing the buzz after organising a successful party (and, in my mind, any party that hasn’t resulted in death, or criminal charges has been “successful”), when you wonder if event planning could be a possible career for you.

While you can never be totally sure, there are a few signs that event planning could be the career for you:

You know you’re an event planner when…

1. Your husband mentions that dinner will be slightly delayed, you reach for your headset and attempt to tell the host to “fill” for 15 minutes, to quell the angry guests.

2. If your daughter is playing loud music in her room, you yell, while looking for her performance contract, that you specifically requested ambient music.

“I SAID AMBIENT!!!”

3. When your toddler asks if you can play “dress up”, you bring out your to-do list, complete with a fully detailed itinerary (already agreed upon by a committee) and declare that yes, from 12:19, and for 15 minutes ONLY, we can indeed play dress up.

4. Your ballgown has iPad sized pocket in it. It also probably has a headache tablet sized one too.

5. You’ve had 15 Espressos, it’s only 08:35 and, somehow, you can hear the colour blue.

6. All of your pedometers, wanting an easier life, have left you for Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

7. You’ve developed a voice that can be heard by anyone, regardless of the event space, even while a rock band is in full swing of rehearsal.

8. This is how dinner is served at your house:

9. You own more than 6 of these…and they all have something in them:

Event Organiser Folder
“I thought we could categorise Tilly’s favourite Mr Tumble episodes according to both date the show first aired AND by the number of approximate laughs per episode…FrankFrank? DON’T LEAVE ME!”

10. When you played Doctors and Nurses as a child, you always requested the role of hospital administrator, where you helped implement government enforced cut-backs, negotiated future working agreements, and held regular meetings with all personnel, looking to implement new systems and strategies at reducing incidents of MRSA.

Signs You Were Born To Be An Event Organiser
‘Yes, yes…I hear what you’re saying Nigel, but, I’ll tell you for the fifth time, “ga ga goo goo” is not an effective strategy for decreasing our fourth quarter costs. Now either say something more constructive or I’ll dribble on you again.’

Is a career in event planning for you? I’ve no idea and this blog post is unlikely to have been a massive help.

Then again, if you were hoping to gain practical career advice from the blog of a magician and a comedian, perhaps planning and organisation aren’t for you.

Any other suggestions for signs that event planning is a possible future career choice? If so, feel free to pop them below in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.


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