Taking the “Write” Path to Plan
Lesley Gore once sang the infamous song lyrics “Its My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To”, and when I hear this song I often find myself wondering, “why would you ever want to cry at a party?” The reason behind this feeling is because I am currently on a journey to achieve my goal of being an Event Planner, and with the mind set of an Event Planner; I truly would not want anyone crying at their party. For the past couple of years I have struggled with what career I wanted to pursue. I tried the teaching route, beauty school scene, and even nursing, but through my trials and tribulations I realized that my true calling was to be an Event Planner. Ever since I was younger I always loved having parties, and considered each event, whether a holiday party, birthday, or a simple get together, as an opportunity to create unforgettable memories. Now that I am an adult I look back at those memories and I am very appreciative, but this appreciation has led me to want to help others create similar memories, and by being an event planner, I can do just that.
An Event Planner is someone who manages the logistical and operational piece of an event or meeting. As stated in our textbook Professional and Public Writing: A Rhetoric and Reader for Advanced Composition “…professions involve many levels of specialization.” (69), this is especially true for Event Planners. Whether it is a public event or a private affair, complex or casual, every phase of the experience is managed by an Event Planner. In order to manage these events there are several distinctive skills required to be successful and these are: the ability to communicate, creativity, fiscal management, decision-making, leadership, and organization. Noticeably each skill is exceptionally different, however there is one thing that ties them all together: writing. You write to communicate, to express creativity, to budget an event, make deals or contracts with people, guide
Cited: Coleman, Linda S., and Robert Funk. Professional and Public Writing: A Rhetoric and Reader for Advanced Composition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005. Gore, Lesley. “It’s My Party.” I’ll Cry if I Want To. 1963. vent