12 Traits of a Great Events Planner

A small business owner hosting an event for the first time is likely to hire an event planner in order to keep costs down. An event planner might seem like an unnecessary expense. But that’s not necessarily. But there is more to think about than just the initial outlay when you hire an event professional. A seasoned event planner will have working relationships with venues and suppliers, so can get discounts and special pricing that just aren’t available to the general public. A event planner also has the experience of which are the areas where cutting costs is appropriate and is likely to save their clients time and some unnecessary expense. Note to mention helping relieve high levels of stress.

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The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. YEC asked members of the Startup Collective: What important characteristics do I need to look for in an event planner hire? Here are their insightful responses:


“Your organization lives by core values, and your event planner should exude those in spades. We are guided by love, honesty, joy, momentum, growth, brilliance and community. Everyone we hire has to naturally live those values. It’s the same with an event planner, but it’s even more important because his energy will be infused into your event and the experience he creates for your people.”

Corey Blake, Round Table Companies

Attention to Detail and Execution

“An event planner can make or break any event. Attention to detail and execution are two extremely important “must haves,” along with a “no-excuses” mentality. Great event planners are naturally strong-willed, good listeners and can make amazing things happen.”

Parker Powers, ParkerPowers.com

People Skills

“Event planning is all about working with people — often while under stress. An event planner has to have a level head when working with others in coordinating an event, especially since event success relies on relationships. Try to find an event planner who knows how to work with people well when things are coming down to the wire.”

Brett Farmiloe, Markitors

Creativity and Detail Orientation

“As an owner of an event marketing company, I can tell you a great event planner has the ability to think big creatively and simultaneously has OCD when it comes down to the tactical event details. It’s a unique combination that is rare to find in the average person, but it’s what separates a great event planner from just someone who plans events.”

Alex Frias, Track Marketing Group


“You’re hiring an event planner because you don’t want to do it yourself. If you need to micromanage him, however, it defeats the purpose. Spend the time interviewing and speaking with references until you’re sure that you trust the person you hire to execute your vision. Then, let go.”

Alexis Wolfer, The Beauty Bean

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