English Honors 4B – Stephens
March 29, 2012
English Honors – Stephens
March 29, 2012
The Wonderful World of Event Planning What is event planning? Other than my dream job, event planning is the process of planning special occasions such as – but not limited to – fairs, parades, weddings, reunions, sweet sixteen’s, birthdays, graduations, conferences, political rallies, fashion shows, and memorials. Event planning includes budgeting, establishing dates and alternate dates, selecting and reserving the event set, acquiring permits, and coordinating transportation and parking. The field of event planning is fast-paced, fun, and offers a real possibility for earning a large amount of money. Working in this field requires long hours and high stressed moments through evenings, weekends, holidays, and sometimes specific seasons. “One can work out anywhere from 50-65 hours a week” said Deborah Williams. Some event planners work out of their homes while others rent offices for their business. Event planners are hired when an individual realizes they are unable to plan big events. When reading about some well-known event planners, I learned most of them had planned events for themselves or close friends before deciding to go into the business. To make oneself more marketable, one should consider taking classes like marketing public speaking and business. I plan on studying at ODU and there I can major in Business Administration, Hospitality Management, International Business, Marketing, Human Resources, or Public Administration. Although the backgrounds of event planners may vary, most of them share the same traits. I have discovered that this job requires the passion to work long hard hours without break. “You have to get the passion, then the money will come. It’s hard work. But it’s rewarding if it’s your passion” (“What is an Event Planner?”).
What about the personality of event planners? Some traits that are