Careers in Event Planning

how to Pursue Your Passion
and Live an Eventful Life

You know that you want to live an extraordinary life.  You know you are not meant to sit in a cubicle, doing the same mundane tasks every day for the rest of your career.  You long to create a life that you enjoy living every day, instead of waiting for the weekends or vacation or retirement before you feel like you can truly live.

You know that you possess exceptional skills of creativity, ingenuity, organization, and vision; and that you can use your inherent talent to make a difference.  You believe you can design outstanding experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life, and you want to help others have experiences that they'll remember forever.  You crave a career where you can take pride in creating incredible moments in time by using your natural talents and interests in ways that you can't in any other profession.

And yet, you have no idea where to begin.  

At Eventful Ventures, we believe in grasping every moment that life gives you.  We are convinced that you've got to go after your dreams now, instead of waiting until years down the road.  We know that life is made up of moments; some big, some small, but every one of them is important.  We believe that if we have to spend most of our lives working, you might as well pursue your passion and do what feeds your soul. 

And we know, more than anyone, that it's not always easy to chase after your dreams.  It can be confusing, knowing where to begin; and nearly impossible to filter through the "fluff" online and determine the path that's right for you.  It can be frustrating to continually run into brick walls and dead ends, and it can be tempting at times to give up entirely.

But at Eventful Ventures, we won't let that happen.  We want to help you get all of your questions answered and figure out if this is right for you.  We want to give you real-world, applicable, honest advice on what it takes to succeed at a career in event planning.   And if you decide that this is for you and that you do want to become an event planner, then we will guide you and show you the way.

How do i become an event planner?

If you are like most people who decide to start a new career; you are filled with hope. optimism, and motivation.  But, there is one major obstacle; you have no idea where to begin.  It can be incredibly frustrating to know what you want to do with your life, to know that you'd be great at it....if only you could get started!    

As the president and founder of Eventful Ventures, my goal is to help people like you learn what it takes to begin your career in event planning.  Over my twenty years in the event planning industry, I have seen "event planner hopefuls" with great intentions make the same mistakes over and over again; until they give up, disillusioned and heartbroken that they couldn't make their dream come true.  So I decided to use my extensive knowledge of the industry and give back by helping people in the best way that I know how; by helping those who want to work in the exciting world of events.  

The things is, it really isn't that difficult.  But the things that you are probably doing wrong are the things that everybody is doing wrong; and until you learn exactly what those are, you can't break free of the cycle.  

The problem is that you think you are doing everything right; but there are a few very telltale things that you are doing exactly wrong that are blocking you from ever succeeding.  The very words that you say or the steps that you take are giant red flags to those of us in the industry that you don't know what you're doing.  

But I can teach you what you're doing wrong, and the changes you can make so that you no longer scream "newbie" to those who are in a position to hire you.  So, if you just follow the advice and tips that I share with you, I can practically guarantee that you'll succeed.  

During my time of helping people get their start in the industry, I have noticed three major things that 99% of beginners do wrong; and these are instrumental in blocking their success.  The worst part is, they don't even know what they are doing wrong and why these steps are so detrimental.  But once you understand what you are doing wrong and the steps that you can take to overcome them, then it's just a matter of time before you break through your barriers and are on your way to success.  

The three critical mistakes that the majority of beginners make are:

Let's break it down....

While there are many factors that will contribute to your success, making any (or all) of these mistakes can practically guarantee you'll never succeed.  

So, why exactly are these three mistakes so critical?  Let's look at each issue in greater detail:

You underestimate what it takes to plan an event.  This is a common mistake with a lot of people who think that planning an event is simply choosing fun decor, picking out menus and finding a band.  The reality is, there is so much more to planning an event!  It's all still fun and it's not brain surgery, but you do need to learn the appropriate process in order to succeed.  As the person who is in charge, you must understand how to work with and manage vendors, entertainment, and your clients.  You must learn what to look for in a venue where you will host your event.  There are contracts, licenses, legalities, and budgets that are unique to each event.  There are a variety of ways in which you will charge for your services as the planner, and there are numerous factors that determine how much to charge.  Again, these are all concepts that just about anyone can learn; but you do need to learn them in order to succeed.  

You think that if you could just land a job, they will train you.  This is another huge misconception among many people looking to build careers in event planning.  I hear it over and over and over: "If only I could just find an entry-level event planner assistant position, then I know I'd be a great planner."  Or, "I am a quick learner.  How can I just find someone to give me a chance?"  Many beginners believe that if they can just somehow convince someone to hire them, then they can learn how to plan events and they'll be on their way.

The truth is just the opposite.  Even for entry-level positions, employers what to know that you understand at least the language, the process, and the foundational elements of event planning.  And if you hope to work for yourself, then it's even more critical to know what you are doing.  Therefore, whether you want to work for an event planning company or whether you want to start your own event planning business, you simply must first learn how to plan events!

You don't really understand event planning, and it shows.  This goes hand-in-hand with the previous mistakes.  The world of event planning has its own language and its own processes.  Many beginners think that they are saying the right things and using the right terms, but in reality "newbies" stick out like neon signs and practically advertise to the world that they don't know what they are doing.  This can change once you understand the lingo, the terminology, and the process of planning events.  But until you learn it, you can't know what you don't know!  

The single most important thing to understand is that you
must take it upon yourself to learn everything you can 
about event planning.....before you even begin.

So how do you begin your career in event planning?

Clearly, you have taken the first steps by reaching out and researching information on event planning (otherwise you wouldn't have found this page).  This shows that you have the right mentality and are at least in the preliminary stages of doing what it takes to start your career.  

Here at Eventful Ventures, we offer a variety of online event planning training courses designed to help you learn everything you need to know in order to get started.  You can read about each of the courses below.

Event Planning Online Training Courses

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