Thursday, January 5, 2012

Event Coordinator - #6 in 10 Most Stressful Jobs in America in 2012

Article: PR is now the seventh-most stressful job in America


I find this article surprising, only in that, my role as an Event Coordinator ranks #6 as the most stressful job in America. It can definitely be stressful with last minute changes, the unexpected happening after so many attempts to avoid the unexpected, and situations arsing you think you don't have any control over. BUT, as the Event Planner you have to take control of the situation to make sure the plan you worked down to the minute, with 20+ staff members reporting directly to you, and vendors needing a quick solution to make, occurs AS PLANNED.. or to appear something like it. You have to know when to draw the line, when and how to say NO and make the executive decision to keep things moving and adjust the timeline as needed.

I definitely have had to deliver the bad news to my groom that something was just not going to happen on the wedding day, with guests waiting at the door to be let into the venue space. Through the months of planning, it is my job to help them understand and believe that I have done and will do everything in my power to complete every task, given the changed timeline, resources, staff, weather, every curve ball possibly thrown. I have to be quick on my feet and sharp with retorts, solutions and explanations.

Thinking about the biggest event I did in San Francisco in October of 2009, I have to say I am pretty proud of myself. I had two big events back-to-back, put my own manual labor hours in and got three hours of sleep in between the two events. I didn't even think to use the ladies room in a 16-hour period. When I am in Busy Bee mode, I'm in the zone.

If you've read my intro to this page, this type of work really just comes naturally. I am accepting events starting late April. Please contact me to set up an appointment to meet and discuss your needs.

I look forward to hearing from you and would appreciate any referrals.

Did/Are you planning on having a coordinator for your wedding?

1 comment:

  1. I can relate to this article. Being in the PR industry is a fun but tough job. The last thing you would want to happen is last minute changes due to inability of the team. You always have to think on your toes and have your data and progress status checked from time to time to make sure any potential problem is avoided.

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