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4 Most Underrated Skills That’ll Make You a Rock Star in the Event Industry

    Written by Jing Yi Gao on July 06, 2017


To become a shining event planner in the industry, you will need some skills. If you have already acquired these 4 important skills, then you might be a rock star without even knowing it!


Here are the 4 most underrated skills that’ll make you a rock star in the event industry:


Time Management

Event planners have a lot of things on their to-do list and often, they do not have the time to complete every task. Great time management is a valuable skill. This can help event planners have a flexible schedule.

As an event planner, you are obviously trying to juggle multiple things at once. However, something that often gets overlooked are the fine details. It may be more beneficial for you to focus on the details of the things that you know are most important rather than diluting the experience with a lot of mediocre additions.



Leadership means nothing without your team. Below are some tips to effectively lead your event team:

  • Communicate clearly to your team and onboard them to a common vision.
  • Encourage your team to think outside of the box to come up with new ideas.
  • Motivate your members to collectively work towards that common goal to make the event a huge success.
  • Get everyone pulling in the same direction and create a culture of collaboration.



Outstanding organizational skills are wanted in almost every career field, and especially needed for an excellent event planner. Managing a lot of people, vendors, and sponsors requires the event planner to be precise in their attention to detail. Staying up to date and keeping up with the changes on the fly is essential.

There are countless tools to help event planners stay organized before and during their events. Event management software like Social Tables provides easier floor plan management, check-ins, and templets to organize proposals, which can be helpful for organization before the event goes live.

A great tool to stay organized during an event may be an event app. Event apps like Socio provide features that engage attendee networking, provide a digital guide for every aspect of your event, increase event engagement with SocioLive, and increase traffic to your sponsors and exhibitors.



When an issue comes in, pressure arises. Being able to remain calm and clear minded under pressure can most likely resolve the problem and prevent you from making poor decisions. Be sure to communicate in an efficient and friendly manner. If something goes wrong during the event, take a deep breath, trust in your preparation and ability, and you will have a clear mind to quickly resolve the issue.


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