Question: What important characteristics do I need to look for in an event planner hire?
"Your organization lives by core values, and your event planner should exude those in spades. We are guided by love, honesty, joy, momentum, growth, brilliance and community. Everyone we hire has to naturally live those values. It's the same with an event planner, but it's even more important because his energy will be infused into your event and the experience he creates for your people."
"Event planning is all about working with people -- often while under stress. An event planner has to have a level head when working with others in coordinating an event, especially since event success relies on relationships. Try to find an event planner who knows how to work with people well when things are coming down to the wire."
Creativity and Detail Orientation
"As an owner of an event marketing company, I can tell you a great event planner has the ability to think big creatively and simultaneously has OCD when it comes down to the tactical event details. It's a unique combination that is rare to find in the average person, but it's what separates a great event planner from just someone who plans events."
Experience and Specialization
"When hiring an event planner, you want to know exactly what experience he has and what kind of events he specializes in. Look at what past events he has thrown. Were those events on the same scale as what you're trying to achieve? You want to hire someone who fits your specific needs and can prove it. You don't need a celebrity event planner for a professional networking event."
"You never want to hire an event planner who's not well-connected in your niche. Prior experience is a plus, and a positive attitude is a must."
An Upbeat Personality
"Your events will be a reflection of your event planner's personality. Make sure that you would want to go to an event featuring that person before hiring him."
"Organization and timing are key for event planners. There are a lot of details flying around, and everything tends to converge at a single point in time. The unorganized event planner will be flustered and find it hard to be consistent in staying up on specific tasks that need to get done for the event. In the end, he'll typically drop the ball on several issues during the event."
"The event planner shouldn't be satisfied with the status quo. You want to make sure his top priority is making your event as good as it can possibly be. Experience and relationships are also important -- it will make his job easier and your event better."
A Strong History
"Never hire an event planner before you are able to personally speak to a handful of past clients. Past references and reputations are everything in the event-planning business. Choosing someone with a strong history and connections will allow you to have a wide range of choices and vendors to chose from for your event."