Want a stressful job? Be an event planner!

If you are following my blog every week, you might have noticed that the posts have been somewhat irregular for the last month or so – maybe not so much the blog itself, as I can plan the publishing ahead, but posts on social media have been ’flickering’, so to speak.

The reason for this is that I have been on a much-needed vacation (a cruise to the US, Bermuda and Bahamas)…because: Did you know that event planner is the 5th most stressful job in the world according to Forbes, who each year makes a list of the 10 most stressful jobs? Further up on the list are firefighter, airline pilot, police officer and military personnel. Isn’t that crazy?!

Stress or adrenaline?

My fellow event planners will most likely agree with me that our line of work is a two-edged sword: On the one side, you are burned out, probably hate the event you currently work on (because it has been in the making for so long) and still have 1,783,499 more things to do before the event is over.

On the other side, we live for the adrenaline kick that carrying out an event gives us. Event planners are some of the most persevering people on Earth – we can easily work 20 hours a day for a week without losing our smile, service attitude or overview. And we don’t even save people’s lives!

But naturally this perseverance comes with a price tag, which Forbes’ list shows us. Being on your feet/at your attendees’ service etc. all the time comes at a cost and this is why event planner is one of the most stressful jobs.

Methods to overcome stress

So, what can we do to overcome this stress? After all, we do want to last long in our beloved industry.

First of all, I am a true believer when it comes to check lists. If you have followed my blog for some time, you probably already know this, if not you can check out this article: “Making a list and checking it twice”.

Check lists is a great tool to make sure you don’t forget anything because your brain is overloaded, and to give said brain a break in the heat of planning. Write tasks down instead of keeping them in your head. That is just a head up (pun intended).

Furthermore, learn to delegate tasks to your assistants/colleagues. Event planners are ‘Jacks of all trades’ and used to get by on their own, but asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Actually, it takes a strong person to do so, so don’t underestimate the strength in this.

After play comes work

Since I am back rested and rewound, I am ready to get to work on my upcoming events, my tasks as VP of Education in MPI Denmark Chapter and blog posts needed for both this blog and VilvordeTalks. But I won’t be afraid to ask for help when I need it, and since it is a busy season coming up, I predict that it will be needed.

And as if I don’t already have lots on my mind, I have (of course) started planning my next cruise vacation.

Until then: See you out there working a certain body part off :o)

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