Did you plan to work in events or fall into it?

Clearly the sector had your name on it! Glad you’re enjoying it. What are you working on at the moment?

Hi Melissa thanks for your reply and question. What I meant as lost was regarding my goals and purpose for my Events Business, not being clear on my target market. In my mind it sounded simple, I love preparing and staging events and would like to help anyone that needs the help. I do know I’d love to work on corporate events, as I have done some work on small conferences and workshops. but other than that, is there anything I need to know or prepare, before I open for business?

Oh my, I’m sorry about my rant, but I guess I put it out to the universe, because the answers came to me.

A strange thing to say I know, but my problem has been organising myself, I forgot the prep, I promised myself I’d do the right things, but I forgot anyway. I’ve had to go back to the beginning of starting a business, my 1st mistake, goes to show that organisation is so important, you miss a step or 2 and it mucks everything else up.

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Hi there, my name is Seun Johnson, i’m Nigerian and i’m delighted to be a part of the platform. I’m really hoping i can find some helpful advise in getting my event organizing skills up an running. I really don’ know how to use the site just yet, but, i’ll sure catch up. Its a pleasure meeting everyone …

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We all learn everyday Gordana! Have you had much help from your tutors?

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Thanks for that Melissa, but no, the tutors not that helpful, they pretty much leave everything up to the students to research on their own. Also once I finished the course, they didn’t guide me through the next steps. But I think I’m on the right track now, been researching how to start a business and an events business.

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Glad to hear you’re moving forward. You might find some more helpful tips on the posts here: https://www.eventtribe.com/c/getting-started-as-an-event-planner

Welcome Seun! Lovely to have you join us. Can I suggest you read this handy post by @Belinda_Booker which should help you find your way around the site, joining in the discussions and start posting your burning questions: Read Me! Guide for Community Newcomers
Do message me if you get stuck with anything though. Best wishes, Melissa

I kinda fall into it, but I think the seeds have been planted a long time ago in my psyche!

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Is there an early event which left a great impression on you then Maricar?!

My grandaparents and my parents gave a lot of parties! Seriously, it seems also that the various schools I’ve attended put on a lot of programmes and emphasis on being organised. As young as 6 we were asked to organise things like setting up a dinner party and organising everything from the food, table setting, to eating with the best table manners. Another school organised a lot of cooking sessions which seemed mad at the time, but that taught us skills in planning, as well as persuading our parents to do all sorts of things like setting up a kitchen on the playground!

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All great experience! A lot of effort and organisation goes into smaller, social events.

It depends on who your teacher as well. I was lucky to have worked with people who explain their decisions along the way so that I can learn how and what to think as well when planning an event.

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That’s invaluable!

My friend suggested I become a event organiser. I love what I do for a living. This is the best decision I’ve ever had to make.

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That’s lovely @thara_ravishanker . What type of events do you organise and what path did you take into the industry?

Fell into it backwards!
I am a Composer and musician by trade, knew that music doesn’t make you money … So I work on projects that I enjoy and love, do get paid though! But I was getting frustrated with the quality of lighting and sound for events, it’s so poor, so I just worked hard to really understand the industry and develop technical understanding to improve the events industry…

What has been the ‘turning point’ of no going back for you guys??

Jos

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I think your pathway is not so unusual actually, Jos. I spoke to a former dancer who decided he could do it better himself and started his own production company too:

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There are a few people who do, I wasn’t expecting to fall in it myself. I think my thoughts where at the time “why does this area keep bringing up problems at events” it was really out of curiosity!

Maybe all together we can think of something we can give to the public domain of event holders for free? Like a booklet about all of our areas, it would be nice to collaborate.

Best wishes

Jos

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