Before we dive into today’s video on how to start an event planning career with no experience, I want to share a story with you. This took place when I was just getting started in event planning…
Way back in 2004, I was attending an event and met a woman who was tapped into the PR scene in the city where we both lived.
She had amazing connections and seemed to know everyone in town.
When she found out I was a “meeting planner” she mentioned that she’d been asked to promote an event and was curious about my services.
She invited me to have a drink with her to discuss the details and see if I’d be a good match for her clients.
Getting The Referral
After all, she wasn’t going to refer me if she wasn’t comfortable with me.
But, I didn’t have a business set up to promote (I was in the process but it wasn’t legit yet)
I said yes anyway. 😉
I was so nervous to meet her that I paced around my house for an hour and practiced saying (in$ert my fee here) into the mirror.
It seemed so ridiculous at the time.
But then I put mind over matter and focused on what I knew a lot about.
I showcased the events I’d worked on for other companies, for friends and family and at the end of our meeting I got up and left without knowing if I was going to get hired or even referred.
Then I decided to send a follow up email to thank her for meeting with me and to ask if she had any questions.
I didn’t hear back for 2 (very long!) days.
On the 3rd day I decided to follow up with her to see if she’d made a decision…
I GOT THE EVENT!!
That was the most excited I’ve ever felt.
I was doing my happy dance around the house (think Elaine from Seinfeld ;-)) and screaming with joy.
But what really got me excited was the fact that I was persistent without being too sales-y and coming across as desperate.
Nobody likes sales-y
How To Start an Event Planning Career
To this day, I always say, ‘Persistence Pays’.
This was what I needed all along.
How did I go from a newbie with no business knowledge to start an event planning career?
In today’s video on EventPlanning BlueprintTV, I share 3 strategies that you can use right now to start an event planning career with no experience.
From that day forward, I focused all my energy on meeting clients and following up with them to get the event planning job.
I built a recognized event planning business in my city and was known by my niche market because of the relationships I built.
This is how I sold all of my services via putting myself in the right place at the right time and doing whatever it took to meet the people I wanted to work with.
This is the key to how I’ve built my business.
Now that I’ve shared these 3 strategies with you (plus two bonus tips about following up and being persistent), I’d love to hear from you.
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