As most of you may know, I’ve been in the event planning industry for more than 10 years. As the founder of the Let’s Plan Conference, a conference for planners by planners, I wanted to share with you my view on being certified as an event planner. My number one motto in this industry is to show up and be your best self at all times, you never know who you may meet. I will of course, speak about this plus MORE during the Let’s Plan Conference on July 18-19.
In the event planning industry, there’s usually a lot of talk on whether or not you should acquire an event planning certificate. There’s a lot of misunderstanding that comes with becoming certified as an event planner. Some planners believe it’s a non-negotiable and some believe that it’s not necessary. Although not a legitimate requirement to begin your career in event planning, certification definitely helps with career longevity and increasing your client’s confidence in your skills. .
Becoming certified takes hard work and dedication but it is SO worth it in the end. Here are the three key points you need to know when you’re in the process to get certified:
1. Don’t Let Your Lack of Experience Hinder You
While it’s important to network and build relationships in our industry, you shouldn’t feel as if you need years of experience before you seek out certification. Once you know event planning is a for sure passion of yours is when you should seek further education. Becoming certified makes you better equipped and ready for any obstacles that may come your way.
The Bridal Society (TBS) is great because they have experience working with planners with any amount of experience. From those with no experience to planners with over 30 years of experience, their main mission is to bring a higher level of professionalism to the wedding industry. TBS does this by offering certification programs that are informative, practical, accessible, and affordable.
2. Be A Student At All Times
It’s imperative to know the ins and outs of our industry. As event planners, there’s so much we learn in our industry day by day. The Bridal Society is here to teach you, so you don’t have to make the same mistakes other event planners have made. You don’t have to learn by your mistakes alone, seeing what event planners with years of experience have went through, and being sure to network, is a surefire way to set yourself up for success.
This industry can get hectic, it’s important to know the curve balls that can be thrown at you (because they will) so that you are best prepared when they do come up.
3. Not Every Certification is the Same
Beware of alternate event planning certifications that are out for only your money and will not be seen as reputable in other facets of the industry. The Bridal Society prides itself on the extensive research they have put into their programs. They work in cooperation with hospitality organizations and educational institutions throughout the country such as: FSU, JWU, GSU, USF, UF, and UNF just to name a few.
It’s also important to network while in the process of certification. Be sure to surround yourself with not only like-minded event planners, but people that will help elevate your business through word of mouth. Always remember, people do business with those they like. While gearing up to receive your certification you should be brushing up on your communication skills, networking with potential vendors, getting your name out there and getting as much experience as you can.
When people hire us for events, they are trusting us with something they hold near and dear to them. It’s imperative that we as event planners take the initiative to better ourselves in our industry so that we can show up as the best version of ourselves, each day, for our clients.
Overall, becoming certified shows your dedication, knowledge and expertise to the event planning field. If you are a budding event planner, have been in the industry for some time, or already have your certification, I’ve created the Let’s Plan Conference in July for YOU. This conference is for planners, by planners and will be held in Weston, FL July 18-19. Visit www.letsplanconference.com for more details!