How you can minimise stress on event day

You have the event plan etched in your brain and you have briefed your staff for the umpteenth time. You find yourself pacing the floor, just wondering when something will crop up and ruin your plans.

As event planners, there is always that nagging feeling that something will go awry on event day. That is because things you never anticipated to happen have happened! But the best event planners are those that can sooth those nerves and not allow it to consume their spark and energy on event day.

These are a few ways you can minimise stress on event day so that you can remain focused on executing a great event and enjoy the process more.

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Photo Credits: Attendly.com

1. Consider a Plan C

Plan B is not enough.

Although there is no need to put too much effort into executing contingency plans, you should still think about all the possible things that could crop up and devise mini plans to deal with them.

For instance, consider what happens if you have an over or undersubscribed event. Know what you need to compromise ahead of time and your priorities so that you can make decisions on the fly when bad occurrences force you to scrap some of your plans.

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Photo Credits: thecitycollection.org

Give yourself buffer time to deal with last minute things that crop up. The key thing is to think of the worst case scenario (that is likely) and a solution to it. If luck stays on your side, then use the buffer time as time to take a breather. Remaining calm can help you prevent careless mistakes and minimise stress.

2. Consistent face-to-face communication

Run through important details with staff and third-party suppliers or partners in person as much as possible. Remember, physical contact > skype > phone calls > whatsapp, texts and emails > social media.

A lot of stress and unexpected problems crop up because of miscommunication or lack of communication. Ensure that you clear any misunderstandings, set expectations and verify assumptions through face-to-face communication. Even if you do use online methods of communication, always follow up with a couple of face-to-face meeting or Skype (if it’s impossible to meet physically).

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3. Keep up with social media

Social media and email response rates are vital evidences for event planners to stay up to date with public sentiments about the event and pre-empt problems.

Keeping updated constantly gives event planners the opportunity to solve the problems and correct negative sentiments in time. Consistently engage your audience up to event day so that you won’t get shocked by a sudden drop in attendance. Moreover, engaging your audience effectively can increase event awareness as well as keep your event in your event-goers’ memory.

4. Event management software

There are plenty of free and paid software providers in the market. Event management software can help event planners focus on the most critical aspects of the event. By outsourcing tedious, repetitive and yet essential processes, event planners are relieved of the stress of overseeing these tasks and can be more flexible and creative in making the event memorable.

Event management software such as EventNook offers a fully integrated online to onsite registration solution, helping you deal with the stress of event ticketing, event registration, onsite event check-in and event tactical promotion. You can easily set-up event micro-sites without having to code while the user-friendly iPad app dashboard helps you monitor event attendance easily.

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5. Have a good night sleep and a full breakfast

Noone wants to work with a stressed out, overtired and hungry event planner. Do yourself and your team a favour by taking care of your well-being. This will help you stay alert so that you are able to think on the spot and remain undaunted in the face of unexpected problems

 

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What your Myers-Brigg personality type says about you as an event organiser: Part 2

The MBTI framework is a great tool to better understand our natural inclinations as an event organiser. Rather than defining certain traits for a successful event planner which is really limiting, why not understand how each and every one of us can contribute what we do best naturally. It is not about finding out whether our personality is suitable for event planning. Rather, it is about understanding how we work best.

INFJ- The Advocate

Quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealists.

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Photo Credits: shoppingdamour.com

Strengths

INFJ event planners are great team players, often very democratic in their approach. They will make everyone they work with feel important, from venue owners to transport people as well as their subordinates, defusing tensions whenever they arise, and making the working environment open and egalitarian. Their ability to create such a favourable workplace will greatly improve communication within the team as people are encouraged to voice out concerns honestly, allowing the event organiser to obtain accurate on-the-ground information.

Weaknesses

INFJ event planners are more concerned with finding meaning and fulfillment in their work. Many events can help them fulfill this need, in particular charitable events, community events and the likes. However, INFJ event planners need to understand that the job contains significant mundanity (like most office jobs) and they still need to give their all and prove themselves worthy of bigger things. In addition, their strength of seeking to understand all sides to the story can be counterproductive in urgent, unexpected situations that often crop up in event planning. INFJs need to learn to be assertive and take charge of the decision making process rather than listen to what everyone has to say.

 

INFP- The Mediator

Poetic, kind and altruistic people, always eager to help a good cause.

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Photo Credits: Institute of Event Management

Strengths

INFP event planners are able to make any mundane event meaningful and inspirational. Their ability to see the best in everything means they are able to approach any event with fresh insight as well as spot opportunities from miles away. They are great marketers, abled in manipulating words to create messages that resonate and communicate with people on deeper levels. They will market the hell out of any event, squeezing every bit of it to create a meaningful narrative that people can relate to. In particular, they are able to persuade from an emotional and philosophical standpoint best.

Weaknesses

INFP event planners don’t respond favourably to criticisms and this can make being an event planner difficult. Event planners need to be in close proximity to a devil’s advocate to prevent oversight of details. They have to be extremely open to criticisms and be able to respond swiftly to them so that things don’t go wrong during the event. Sometimes, INFP event planners can plan out the whole event in their head and get swayed over by their own plans that when someone comes to burst their bubble, they deflate entirely. INFP event planners need to get used to criticisms and come to love them, if they want to make sure they plan events that will run smoothly and successfully.

INFP are big thinkers and they tend to gloss over details and practicalities to focus on the bigger picture of the event. Things like strategic marketing and how the event value-adds to event attendees will preoccupy their minds. Therefore, INFPs need to surround themselves with people who have an eye for detail to help them see their blind spots.

 

ENFJ- Protagonist

Charismatic and inspiring leaders, able to mesmerize their listeners.

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Photo Credits: woman.thenest.com

Strengths

ENFJs are happiest in their job when they get to satisfy their event-goers with a good experience. This fundamental motivation makes ENFJs natural event planners. They are driven to know about the motivations and desires of other people, aka event-goers and will work to achieve them as much as possible. Their sociability and desire to improve the situation of others make them great at engaging clients planning events, or event-goers. ENFJs are also quick-learners and efficient multi-taskers, making them able to work on parallel events all at once. This is a valuable trait for event planners who often have to focus on multiple things going on at once, without losing the balance.

Weaknesses

ENFJs have a tendency to take on more than they can chew. As event planners, they may over promise clients because like their counterparts above, they may not be fully aware of the practicalities and limitations, while their drive to please will cause them to become a Yes Man. But most experienced ENFJs won’t fall into this trap. However, it may be difficult at first to understand how to work with limitations and turning those limitations to plusses, rather than making one’s own work tougher to do. Sometimes, it’s better to think of better alternatives than to try to fulfill all of what the clients set out to do.

 

ENFP- The Campaigner

Enthusiastic, creative and sociable free spirits, who can always find a reason to smile.

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Photo Credits: Santa Barbara Wedding Standard

Strengths

ENFPs are extremely independent but love working with people at the same time. They are great listeners who are able to not only understand what their clients and event goers want, but are also able to synthesize different ideas from different people and connect the dots, forming an even bigger and better idea. Event planners of ENFP personality are creative but not in the nature like their counterparts who think of ideas in their head. Instead, ENFP listen to the various needs and wants of event-goers and bring them together into a holistic whole. While they love working with people, they do not depend on others to be efficient. They are able to think for themselves and in fact, relish the freedom from micro-management.

Weaknesses

ENFPs are also at the danger of over-listening. They may pick up signals that throw them off and make communication more convoluted than it was meant to be. This is dangerous for event planners who are highly exposed to a variety of people in their work, from within the office to the entire event industry including people doing venues, catering, performances, staging, audio, transportation, construction, marketing, etc. ENFPs are vulnerable to work stress originating from interactions at work. ENFP event planners who may have stepped on someone’s toe during an event will feel the effects long after the event. ENFPs need to learn how to desensitize themselves without losing their trademark of being great listeners.

 

Of course, event planners do not exclusively fit into neat categories. They can span different personality types. Furthermore, personalities do not demonstrate skills which are even more important for event planners. Personalities are great for telling us our natural inclinations and what we need to work on.

 

Stay tuned to Part 3 for more analysis for other personality types and read up on Part 1 (INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, ENTP) here!

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What your Myers-Briggs personality type says about you as an event organiser: Part 1

Extroversion, positivity, level-headedness and strong organisational abilities. These are the oft-cited traits of a successful event planner. But trying to define traits that make a successful event planner is awfully limiting as it suggests that most event planners have similar traits. Worst still, it is highly inaccurate. I have had the privilege of meeting extremely successful and very different event planners throughout the years and they have personalities spanning the entire spectrum. Thus, the question we should ask instead is, what kind of event planner am I and what does my personality bring to the table? Using the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) framework, you can find out more about what your strengths and weaknesses as an event planner.

 

INTJ- The Architect

INTJs are imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything.

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INTJs like to work alone. They are creative but grounded!

Strengths: INTJs are great organisers who tend to have everything under control. At the same time, they are creative and allow themselves to try new things at events. These event planners have the right mix of pragmatism and adventurism. They also have a strong ability to understand complex things. Difficult procedures, logistical arrangements and navigating complicated situations are no biggies for them. INTJ event planners are naturally level-headed and can remain calm enough to deal with things that go awry in a reasoned manner.

Weaknesses and challenges: An INTJ is always hungry for a challenge to be creative. However, event planning can be repetitive and menial especially at the outset. To have the opportunity to execute inspiring and ambitious projects, event planners need to work from the bottom up and prove themselves in less interesting tasks. This may deter an INTJ event planner and easily bore them early on. In addition, their preference to work alone and plan everything beforehand means they don’t communicate as much as they should. This makes miscommunication even more likely and can be fatalistic for the success of an event.

 

INTP- The Logician

Innovative inventors with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge

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INTP event planners are ambitious and innovative but need to be grounded by someone more realistic

Strengths: Independent thinkers who also love to be uncommon, INTP event planners can plan elaborate events that push the envelope while filling a real need. If you want a highly innovative event, these are the people to go to. They shoot for the stars, so don’t worry about hitting the moon! They are also very abled in dealing with complexities so while their plans may seem overly ambitious at times, they can navigate their way through the mess and plan an event that is big, bold and awesome.

Weaknesses: Unlike INTJs, INTPs are less grounded to realities. They don’t like dealing with bureaucracy, which is essential for any event planner working around limitations in resources and rules. They are best when working with people who know the realities and can bring them back to Earth. INTPs have a harder time dealing with emotional exchanges and customer service and this may be an obstacle for event planning as much of the work requires understanding the needs of the customer and the event-goer.

 

ENTJ- The Commander

Bold, imaginative and strong-willed leaders, always finding a way – or making one.

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ENTJs can lead large groups of people with their reasoning and clear vision and are great executors of events

Strengths: You can trust an ENTJ event planner to deliver whatever they promise. When they set a goal, they will go all out to achieve it. Their drive and clear sense of direction allows them to be assertive leaders who garner respect from their subordinates, which makes it likelier for them to execute their plans successfully. So while the above two personalities are idea generators, ENTJ is an idea executor personality type. They also tend to be highly resourceful and are able to bend the rules to their advantage.

Weaknesses: ENTJs are strong-willed and this may cause them to overlook suggestions given by the people they work with or their clients. Because most event planners work for an external client, they must be able to compromise and place their clients’ needs and desires first. While their intuition of what and how to do things may be right, their clients may not see it that way. Furthermore, their assertiveness can jeopardise their relations with co-workers and suppliers which makes it more difficult to get things done. Their assertiveness and ability to lead others in their direction can become counterproductive.

 

ENTP- The Debater

Smart and curious thinkers who cannot resist an intellectual challenge

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ENTP event planners can persuade people to support their events and are great communicators

Strengths: While curious and creative like their counterparts above, ENTPs are great communicators who are able to persuade others with their logic and strong reasoning. As event planners, they will be able to get people on board with their ideas. They are also always questioning existing methods of doing things and seek to improve it. ENTPs will help make event planning more productive by finding shortcuts and pushing their superiors to answer for any inefficiencies.

Weaknesses: ENTP event planners have a disdain for hierarchies and rules and this may cause them to lose patience and passion for their job.  Like their counterparts above, ENTPs also hate mind-numbing and repetitive work such as manual attendee registration and attendance management or doing the same sales pitch over and over again. ENTPs need to nurture patience and keep their minds focused on their long-term goals so that they can work harmoniously with these rules and restrictions. If they can do so, they will shine as an event planner as they have the ability to persuade people to get things done.

Of course, event planners do not exclusively fit into neat categories. They can span different personality types. Furthermore, personalities do not demonstrate skills which are even more important for event planners. Personalities are great for telling us our natural inclinations and what we need to work on.

Stay tuned to “What your Myers-Brigg personality type says about you as an event organiser -Part 2” for more analysis for other personality types!

Try out a free, online MBTI test here: http://www.16personalities.com/

To reduce the headache of manual event registration and free up time to plan more innovative events, why not try out EventNook for online event registrationevent ticketing and onsite event registration and check-in!

 for Free events!

Credits to 16personalities.com for the general analysis of each personality type

 

Analysts (INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, ENTP)
Analysts (INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, ENTP)