I’m fresh off my first experience at World Education Congress, an event industry conference put on by Meeting Professionals International. As a member of MPI and a board member of my local chapter, I’m an active and involved contributor. After seeing the global reach and impact of the organization at WEC 2019, I care about our community more than ever. This comes down to more than just my learnings over the past week.
If you’re not in the industry, you may not realize that almost everything is an event. I love having a variety of projects on the go, which means that this world is a great one for me. But it also means that explaining to people what I do can be difficult, and that potential clients might not even understand the services I can provide! Talk about small biz challenges. And even aside from that, event industry stability is always in question.
Right now I may be pinching pennies, working multiple jobs (some random, some event-related), and using all of my creative fortitude to get by, but I know that I am moving towards something. I now have the time and space to move on and up in my life, and to pursue new and exciting projects. For the first time, my future is full of possibility, and starting a business did that for me.
It’s official – I’m giving it a shot.
I’ve quit my day job and I’m pursuing running my own event planning company full-time, at least for now. It was kind of a crazy decision to make, but I just really felt that I needed to try this. Maybe it won’t work and I’ll end up going crawling back to the corporate or nonprofit world… but at least in that case I’ll have tried.
This is an event blog. If you are here, you might already have event knowledge, but I believe that a fitting way to start this blogging foray is with a discussion on event planning and the event industry.