Corporate Event Managers do it better…

I am a corporate event manger.  Lucky for me I have always worked in corporate events. I worked my way up by landing a role as an event co-coordinator before being promoted to events executive.  I then worked very hard to get a promotion to events manager to now working in a senior events adviser role. I have put in the years, the early starts and in the beginning, shed a few tears (mostly at failed av).  I have gone from putting badges together all day to managing 300 person international conferences.. on my own. I love my job and I honestly think corporate events roles are the best. I may though be biased and as I don’t really have any experience in any other types of events andI don’t really know how I can comment. But I am! #lol

Being a corporate event manager means every single day is different. One day you might be organising a breakfast seminar, the next a drinks reception at a swanky bar all whilst working on the firm Christmas party at the end of the year and a conference in Dubai a month after that. It is long hours, it is stressful days BUT it is fun and I wouldn’t do anything else!

Getting a role in corporate is hard. From people I speak to in the industry, it is one of the most sought after gigs so, here are a few tips for getting into corporate:

  • Offer to do unpaid work experience. If you can’t afford to do it free, or already have a job so you can’t find the time, then do it out of hours, take a weeks leave, anything, just get some experience and the opportunity to wow someone.
  • Go for a role in a organisation that will allow you to move around.  I started as a PA many years ago in a law firm.  I studied an events diploma in my spare time and when the role came up, I went for it!
  • Network, network, network. Networking is key. Go to events where you will meet other people that are doing the job you want. Ask questions, ask how they got in and get yourself known. If I meet someone I know is looking for a role and I hear of one, I always let them know.

If you need any advice at all please drop me a line. Like I said, I think being a corporate event manger is the best and I am more than happy to share the love.

 

 

 

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Eventprofslive is a networking group for Event Managers setup and run by Event Managers!11928685_10153490985521224_2089140882_n

We know there are a few in our industry however what we couldn’t find when we decided to set up Eventprofslive was a networking group run by people actually working in the industry, every day, 9 to 5 (or more like 7 to 8) and we think that makes our group unique.

We think this is important when you need advice, information and support and hopefully, that’s where we can help. img_0058

We have monthly breakfast, lunch and evening events in London to see new spaces, network and have a few drinks.

 
For further information email eventprofsnetworking@gmail.com

Travelling well for #Eventprofs

I used to be a Flight Attendant.  For six years I travelled the world be it working on a 14 hour flight to New York or 5 hour flight to Istanbul so when I travel for work now, I know what you need to do to feel great at the other side!

Here are my top tips for ensuring you feel great when you’re travelling and working away.

  • Water is key. Drink water, not booze on the plane.  On a holiday I will knock back wine like it’s the last bottle on the face of the earth but on a work trip… never! Every part of your event, from the site visit to flying out to the actual conference you should be observing and taking it all in. How fast is the service? where do the buses leave from? how smooth is customs? I take in absolutely everything and don’t want to miss a thing so whilst it might be tempting to have that wine, don’t! it’s just not worth it. Drinking water is essential to keep you hydrated during the flight. You’re sharper when your hydrated, less sluggish or I find, have more energy.
  • Look professional. I know it’s tempting to wear jeans (and I have once or twice) but I try not to. Even when your flying out way before your clients you are still representing your company when you arrive at the hotel or meeting your suppliers. I always want to look professional and I just don’t think jeans project that image. sorry!

A executive business woman leaving a plane

  • Over-pack. Who cares if you have to check your bag in? personally, I would rather have too much than not enough. Every day on-site you need to look professional and presentable. Don’t wear the same outfit from yesterday for god’s sake. Presentation counts for a lot and by bringing more than you need, you won’t be left scrounging around for something to wear when that alarm goes off at 6.00 am.
  • Work out. Blah – it drives me insane when people say they don’t have time to exercise. Every single person has the same amount of hours in the day and if some can, you can. Get up early it really is that simple. So you went to bed at 2.00 am after a gala dinner and have to get up at 6.00 am to check breakfast. So what, 30 minutes extra sleep will make NO DIFFERENCE and the benefits of squeezing in a quick workout will make you feel way better than an extra 30 minutes sleep. Just set the alarm and do it. Exercise is important to keep a healthy mind and keep focus. I think it is so important to try to fit in some form of exercise every day. Sporty lady choosing apple over donut
  • Eat Well. When you’re working away, it is so tempting to buffet-it-up at every meal, because it is there and it is easy and it is fuel but it is just going to make you feel like crap. Try and think ahead so you don’t let yourself get so hungry that you hit the buffet. I like to take along my own protein bars, nuts and fruit in my bag so that if I am running low I will always have something on hand. Try it!

 

Let me know what your top tips are for staying healthy when travelling?

 

When is too many canapés, to many canapés?

This is my week in food and not even a full week…. From Tuesday to Friday.  I love all the perks and fabulous food we Event Managers have access to but this week was ridiculous. I have literally put on 2 kilos in 4 days and I can’t wait until next week when the husband and I do our #clean9 detox!

The only plus side (and the reason for doing it) is making some great choices for menu’s for upcoming events!

October – #eventprofslive at The Ritz

Last Wednesday Kate & I hosted our October #eventprofslive networking event for Event Managers at The Ritz.

On arrival, our group of 10 met in The Ritz Fine Jewellery and if trying on £1M diamond rings isn’t the best start to your event, then I don’t know what is.  On arrival, we were greeted with wonderful champagne and after a brief introduction on the collection, our group was allowed to try on the pieces. It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity. How many people can say they have tried on jewellery at The Ritz. I couldn’t stop raving about it when I got back work and already have enquires to host another client event there.

The Ritz112064083_10153593574216224_664880410_nAfter trying on the jewellery, we were then given a show round of all the fabulous private dining spaces in The Ritz. There are so many different options and different ways the different rooms work together. My two favourites are the music room and the red room. Any event you held there would be stunning, its The Ritz!  If you would like to find out more about the different spaces you can email them here.

After our show round our group had a lovely spot in the hotel were we could network and eat fabulous canapés. One our group was gluten free and had her own plate of canapés, instantly. The service was perfect, the staff delightful.

A few of us left around 9.00 pm and the rest of the party stayed on to drink Champagne.. it really was a great night.

Our #eventprofslive is gaining new members every week. We love it and find the networking a nice mix of work and life and the chance each month to see a new venue so useful. We talk about everything from event trends to getting over jet lag.  You can email us here for more information.

What A week

I don’t want to jinx it but I AM SO HAPPY.

On Monday I started my new role as an Event Advisor (rather than Event Manager) and I keep pinching myself. Not only is the role ever so interesting, my team are all so lovely and supportive and the firm is just outstanding.  I have been in training for most of the week as there is a lot to learn but I have been able to get started on my own projects already which is really exciting.

On Tuesday we held our #eventprofs networking drinks at the Andaz Hotel.  I will need to write about this properly as the event was such a success. Kate and I had around 20 event managers from corporate, agencies and venues and we all had a great time. You know it is a good event when the free drinks stopped and everyone stayed.

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It’s now Friday and I have a tasting this afternoon which I am looking forward to and then the lovely long weekend with a wedding!

Happy Friday everyone!

Are you a member madam?

Ok so you need to be a member to be able to go but joining is easy and so worth it. I think I have found cocktail heaven. The Covent Garden Cocktail club is situated right near Leicester Square station, down some very steep stairs and is quite the find (thanks Meaghan).

In their own words…

“The Covent Garden Cocktail Club is an amalgamation of everything that is classic British hospitality!”

Every Tuesday to Saturday, from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm its happy hour where you can get everything from a Jam Jar Daiquiri to a Monkeys Nuts cocktail which is Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch, amaretto, peanut butter, pineapple & vanilla.  I am quite partial to gin and had 2 (4… actually which is why my head is banging today) of their “London Calling” cocktails which was Bombay Sapphire, Fino Sherry, Lemon Juice, Orange Bitter and sugar which were amazing.

The GCCC can be hired exclusively for an event and even have a pull down screen for move nights.IMG_1982I will definitely be going back…

 The Covent Garden Cocktail Club

6 – 7 Great Newport Street, WC2H7JB

We know you love champagne, we’ve read your blog…

Second week back and well into the new year and this week has been crazy. My Monday started off well.  I am good on Mondays, I get really motivated and was on track for everything for my seminar I was to deliver on Wednesday morning.  It’s nice having only one event a week.  I am sure it won’t last long but it’s great.  I have about 10 other projects I am working on which are exciting so it’s really motivating me and giving me the time to give them my all.

On Tuesday I was at Hotel Cafe Royal to meet their sales manager and the lovely The Leading Hotels Of The World over breakfast followed by a site visit. If you are yet to get to the hotel, you need to go. Since Tuesday I have become obsessed with it and what I could use it for.  I was particularity in love with The Oscar Wilde Bar.  The bar has been exquisitely restored to its authentic Louis XVI detailing and it is just stunning. You can privately hire the space for your events or the public can head along daily for afternoon tea from 12.00 pm or in the evenings from Tuesday to Saturday for their cabaret show! In the afternoon I attended a tasting for Spring and then had a work dinner as well.. I wonder why I am getting fatter!

Hotel Cafe Royal

Wednesday morning was my seminar with a 5.00 am start  which went very well if I do say so myself. There is a formula for seminars that if you stick to the fundamentals, all will go well…. hopefully!

morning coffeeIt doesn’t account for last minute slide changes or av issues but in general, do everything on your checklist and you should have a good night’s sleep the night before which is interesting as I didn’t! That though is the fault of the hotel I was staying in which although nice enough, their toilets have a habit of  refilling every hour on the hour!

Thursday was full of seminar follow-up and back onto those other 10 projects and looking for a new course to do.  I am obsessed with studying. I need something to do in the evenings, whether it’s my blog or my weekend wedding business or studying something on-line so if anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

Its Friday now, I today received a very exciting invitation to attend Champagne tasting in February and an event at the ME to which the email went like this “Dear Michelle, as we know you love champagne from reading your blog, we would love you to join us…” ha ha.  Now, my day is over and am looking forward to the weekend.  My husband (still love saying that) and I are going to ride our bikes on the weekend for lunch at Toby Cottage.  Riding bikes means I can’t have my usual 2 bottles of wine so should be feeling fresh on Monday!

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Happy Weekend everyone #eventprofs