5 Myths About Event Organising

Despite the fact that thousands of people attend conferences, meetings and expos each week, there are still some perpetuating fallacies about the people who run the events. We’ve listed 5 of the biggest myths, in the hope of putting them to bed once and for all.

1. Event organisers all work part-time


Event organising can be a part-time job, but it is often a full time job, albeit with non-traditional hours. The days can often be long (but fulfilling!), and these tips on surviving the unpredictable working hours are great. If someone has their own organising company, then they can often dictate their hours, but it’s another myth that…

2. Event organisers are all freelance/work for themselves


Careers in Event Planning lists three alternatives to independent contracting; onsite planning, event planning companies, or in-house event planning. Whilst many event organisers do end up with their own companies or doing freelance work, it is not always the case.

3. The job doesn’t evolve

Human – business evolution

Anyone who believes there is no difference between organising an event in 1984 and 2014 is ignoring all modern progress. Technological advances mean that companies and attendees have a whole new collection of needs at events (signs of tech innovation, Wi-fi, high resolution screens), but, on top of this, event organisers have to keep track of the constantly changing aesthetic expectations of their attendees. Trends in marketing and decoration are of the utmost importance for event organisers, as outdated advertising campaigns and bad decor can mar an event.

4. Event Organising = Wedding Planning


Thinking that all event organisers are also wedding planners is like thinking all bouncers are also wrestlers; some are, but they are different roles with different requirements. This is especially true when you move away from social events and into professional events; very few professional event organisers are involved in wedding planning.

5. Anyone can do it

Staff in Woodlands office, Bedford, February 2010.

Some think that anyone with a computer can organise a great event. Event organising was recently declared the 5th most stressful job, more stressful than being a police office or corporate executive. Whether struggling to please a difficult client, or attempting to organise an event for hundreds of people on a shoestring budget, there are plenty of stresses involved in event organising that mean it’s not something that should be treated as an ‘easy job’ that anyone can do.

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Ali Coulson

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