Top 10 must-have skills for successful event planners What are the most important skills to develop as an event planner?


Being an event planner can be an immensely rewarding career, especially when you get to see the final product of your hard work in a successful event. However, there are many event planning skills that you will need to be the best you can be at your craft. Below is a list of event planning skills for your resume, as well as a little guidance on how to improve your event management skills. 


Important event planning skills

1. Tech ability 

Today, a large portion of event planning is conducted via event planning technology or software, and therefore you do need a decent tech ability. If you feel that you are not yet quite tech-savvy enough, then we recommend brushing up on your skills via free online courses, especially in Microsoft Office. 

2. Organisational skills 

As an event planner, you will have many different jobs on the go at once so it is important that you can keep yourself organised and on top of all the different jobs you will be juggling. You should have a firm understanding of the different deadlines that you are working towards and ensure that you are always on track to meet them. You might like to use event planning software online to keep on top of all your planning, or you could take the more traditional approach of a physical notebook or planner. 

Top 10 event planning skills


3. Leadership skills

If you are responsible for planning an event, then your clients are going to expect you to mostly take the lead. Although event planning is a collaborative job and your clients will give you some guidance on what they want out of their event, you should have strong enough leadership skills to play a dominant role in the event planning process.

4. Communication skills 

As an event planner, you will have to liaise with many people – event attendees, sponsors, vendors, event photographers etc. Therefore you will require strong interpersonal skills to ensure that everyone involved in the event knows their role, and knows what is expected and when – all to ensure that the event runs smoothly.

5. Creativity 

To ensure that the events you are planning are varied and unique you require a certain level of creativity to apply to your practice. You will need to be creative with the theme of each event, the type of event venue, and how to present it.

6. Multitasking ability 

Similar to possessing organisational skills, an event planner requires a strong multitasking ability to ensure that all cogs in the event planning machine are constantly in motion and running smoothly.

7. Good at networking 

An event planner requires a broad range of contacts to provide all the relevant services for an event. Consequently, it is essential that you are good at networking as you build up your contact base.

8. Resilience 

Not all elements of the event planning process will flow smoothly first time. You should therefore be willing to stick at your craft to get the best result.

Event planning skills to develop


9. Foundational understanding of events 

It should go without saying, but to be a successful event planner you should have a basic understanding of what makes a good event.

10. Flexibility 

Finally, you will require the ability to easily adapt and overcome, as the unexpected will always be just around the corner!


If you have now mastered your event planning skills, you can get to the task at hand. 

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Contact us today to see what we can do for you and your event. 


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