I think we can all agree it’s great to be part of the event planning industry. Like many trade organizations, our industry has had its own issues, the good as well as the bad. What with economic ups and downs, decreasing budgets and increased wants that consistently affect event planners and event planning companies. Simply said these obstacles can and will cause complications and hurdles for those in the business of organizing and planning meetings and events. Sure those “in the know” say people will always meet to educate, learn, discuss and celebrate. Very good news but what does this mean to us?
So with a great demand for planners and bearing in mind all the various challenges that are part and parcel to planning meetings and events, it is imperative to stay on top of all the up-to-the-minute, hottest planning trends. As part of the event planning industry you must be many things to many people including creative, hardworking, organized and possess that super power, the ability to stay on top of trends. In an effort to stay fresh, cutting edge, appropriate and dazzling, our industry is ever changing and constantly transforming and adjusting itself.
Staying on Top of Event Planning Trends, My How Fast Time Flys…
Can you believe it, we’re half way through 2012 already and if you are like me, you may have had a hair pulling session or two while attempting to be all things to all people, as well as being as on trend as possible. Just consider a recent LinkedIn group question “What makes the perfect event manager?” And with the instruction of three words max, the hundreds and hundreds of various answers truly proves that client expectation of all things to all people, to be so true. From small intimate events to large blow out occasions and everything else in between, we all aim to find innovative and up-to-date ways to plan, promote and execute events.
How to Stay on Top of Event Planning Trends
Are you looking to keep up with all the latest event planning news and trends? Then take some time to equip yourself with the top event planning information. How you ask?
Follow Industry Blogs – This is an excellent way to stay on trend with all the latest and greatest without having to leave your desk. Industry blogs are an up-to-date source for new and original ideas and provides awareness and understanding for all things vogue in the event and meeting world. Blog articles commonly are not long and drawn-out. They are a quick and great resource of reading that will keep you on top of industry info and trends.
Keep up with Industry Magazines and Newsletters – As we attempt to increase productivity and build our knowledge network, there are lots of ways to keep up with industry news and developments. Receiving event planning magazines and newsletters is a great place to discover useful and valuable planning tips as well as staying on top of industry news, insight and trends. It is a perfect fit for planners looking to improve creativity, efficiency and more.
Attend Industry Planning Conferences and Events – Networking is the name of the game and attending and participating in planning conferences is a great way to stay on top of all things on trend and event planning. Attending planning conferences and interacting with planners that have parallel wants and needs is an effective way to learn and realize what’s new and exciting in the world of event planning. Yes there will be incurred costs. But by shopping around and finding the industry conference that will best suit your needs and add in there the take away information that will aid you in keeping up with the business and trends of event planning; it’s a win-win situation.
Meeting and event planners will continue to be expected to provide more while at the same time see budgets slashed. Now more than ever, staying on top of industry trends is more important than ever. In these days of low budgets and high expectations you can’t afford to not stay on top of the industry trends.