Meeting planning was ranked as the fifth most stressful job by CareerCast. Anyone in the industry can immediately tell you why. A million time sensitive tasks need to get done and we’re constantly under pressure to produce bigger and better events each year. It seems nearly impossible to find time to fit in all of the work and to have enough brain power left over to be an effective strategist.
We all have a good sense of the tasks required, and we love crossing off items on our tactical to-do lists. But our role as meeting planners offers the opportunity to be so much more than mere tacticians. The industry is changing and while content is king, experiences are what drive interaction and connection.
But with limited hours in the day, it’s hard to find time to think. We need strategies that allow us to focus on more abstract things like memorable experiences, learning and community.
Here are four simple strategies that have helped me create the time and space necessary to focus on the bigger picture, on creating meaningful experiences, which is the key to becoming a successful event architect:
Having more time is every meeting planner’s dream. The good news is that you can create more time. By streamlining our tasks, and making effective use of technology, we can strengthen our ability to create impactful experiences that connect people and change the world through events. To your success as an event architect!
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