I’ve recently come across the interesting article on eventplanner.tv, about education for event professionals. It says, according to Tomas Pernecky, ‘it is only recently, with the international growth of planned events and new industry standards, that we can witness the increase of university programmes offering courses in event planning’. And ‘being a good planner is more about accumulating work experience than high grades. And the classroom is not necessarily the most appropriate environment to develop a problem-solving mindset and strong communication skills.’ Also, there are 5 ideas on what can be helpful instead of a degree in event management.
Well, while I do agree with the above, I thought I’d put down my arguments why it is still a good idea to try (and perhaps strive for) getting a degree. First of all, yes absolutely, it is possible to become an excellent eventprof without degree in this field. Surely it is. And I am sure there are great examples for that. But nonetheless I consider degree in events/meetings management to be huge advantage. I am not talking about such cases there is no time or money to study. I am thinking of those who might considering if studying is worth it.
Today’s article is the first in a new category of interviews on Matey Events, and I am happy to share a great discussion with Rosa Garriga Mora, the Meeting Architect of Kenes Group.
This is to share our great news with you: quite soon we’ll have a book launch event to showcase the “Meeting Architecture in Russia” project outcomes. Below is the copy of our press-release; the book launch will be held this October during the EuBEA 2016 – make sure to join us there, we’ll be delighted to see you!
Efficiency, productivity, performance are all almost mandatory words when talking event management process. There have been so many discussions about life/work balance for eventplanners; handling stress and focusing on self well-being while trying to cope with ever growing number of tasks; as well as how to not burn out under constant pressure and keep loving what we love doing – making great events and meetings happen. I’ve recently read an interview with Elena Klishina (note: in Russian), communication and management expert and business coach, where she provides an insightful information about various practices to help maintain efficiency in one’s personal life and business. While all she talks about can be applied to anybody and at any circumstances, I found some things deeply resonating with the context in which event and meeting planners operate.
So below are some of my thoughts about what could be particularly helpful for event planners to consider and practice. (more…)
Storytelling for events is not a new trend for now. We don’t need to get convinced it is a powerful tool for business, yet the one that has come from creative industry. Events encompass both creative and business elements and thus perhaps it is not a big surprise event designers tend to use stories in the events management process. However, despite the effectiveness of the method, there is still a long way to go in terms of improving the way we use it.
This is an interview made at MDI’s Video Corner during IMEX Frankfurt 2016. I am talking about the Meeting Architecture in Russia project, recalling my first impressions of the book back in 2010 and sharing my opinion on the future of the industry in Russia and why I think our project is a timely and favourable endeavour.
P.S. communication made courtesy Kubi telepresence robot which I’ve used before. However, this is my first experience with it outside ‘office environment’ meaning that I’ve learnt about extra functions the service provides. I do applause to people behind it – Kubi indees provides with great communication opportunities and is a valuable tool both for the event participants and attendees.
Many years ago I worked on a project called ‘Doing Business Safely in Russia’ together with some Nordic partners. Time passed, the headline is still vital. Just maybe it could be slightly re-worded to more general ‘Doing business in Russia’ – an issue that is kept being discussed, is kept being seen as attractive and at the same time risky thing – as is Russia itself. I was thinking about it when reading and writing my notes within the project we are now doing with the Meeting Design Institute on publishing the Meeting Architecture book in Russian. We are inviting companies interested in the Russian market, to join us, and therefore I reached out to those organisations that might have not heard yet about this exciting opportunity we offer. So, I have been reading a lot about doing business in Russia as you may imagine.