Now I'm a solver of everyone else's problems besides my own, so this seemed like the perfect time to jump in and offer my advice and assistance. As the old saying goes, therapists have a hard time solving their own problems because they're too busy solving everyone else's, or something like that! We chatted about her resume and goals, what she wanted in her next position, her strengths and weaknesses. She showed me her resume on her iPad and we went through her achievements and skills. When I tell you her resume was impressive, I'd be selling her short. She had responsibility for financial transactions, technology purchases, marketing, education and accreditation, sponsorship revenue...and did I mention she assisted with internal facility rental? As a former conference center manager myself, I can attest that the role is a job on its own! She possessed a wide array of skills and could clearly get a job in any field of her choosing. I don't know why she didn't see it as clearly as I did.
It hasn't been until recently that organizations even felt the need to hire professionals to handle their meetings, conferences, and special events. We are so much more than our titles though. We have developed the skills to handle almost anything that is thrown our way. We thrive on the unexpected because we prepare for it. We get a thrill out of finally seeing what the picture looks like after so many months of piecing the puzzle together. Planners wear multiple hats and play many different roles during the planning of any type of event. We are facilitators, marketers, business developers, technologists, and I could keep going...but I won't because I want YOU to.
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