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Building a career in the events industry

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Lecture given on 14/10/2013 to London Metropolitan University students on the Introduction to Events Management module. …

Lecture given on 14/10/2013 to London Metropolitan University students on the Introduction to Events Management module.

More information about planning a career in the events industry: http://eventjuice.co.uk/building-a-career-in-the-event-industry/

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  • 1. What I wish I knew when I was at university… Building a career in the event industry Michael Chidzey | Head of Digital Marketing & PR |
  • 2. Plan of action #1 – what I wish I knew when I was at London Met
  • 3. Plan of action #2 – videos from other event profs
  • 4. Plan of action #3 – finish with questions
  • 5. 5000 participants enjoying themselves makes Rachael happy… iCould: http://icould.com/job-types/active-leisure-and-learning/rachael-bee/?length=short
  • 6. #1 – understand what motivates you
  • 7. Why do you want to work in the events industry?
  • 8. #2 – people around you now (small world)
  • 9. Chillisauce directors met at Leeds University
  • 10. The internship
  • 11. Event experience management module
  • 12. Organises the non-classical gigs and events at the Sage Gateshead, where no two days are ever the same… iCould: http://icould.com/videos/gail-davies/?length=short
  • 13. #3 – most event profs don’t organise events
  • 14. Office layout
  • 15. #4 – get ahead by doing your homework for after university
  • 16. Who are you competing against?
  • 17. …other students
  • 18. …second or third careers
  • 19. …industry movers
  • 20. …with work experience
  • 21. What is your thing?
  • 22. 5000 participants enjoying themselves makes Rachael happy… iCould: http://icould.com/job-types/active-leisure-and-learning/jennifer-wong/
  • 23. #5 – where in the events industry do you fit?
  • 24. Types of event organisations iCould: http://eventjuice.co.uk/building-a-career-in-the-event-industry/
  • 25. Helps families during the most upsetting and troubling times of their lives iCould: http://icould.com/videos/brian-litster/?length=short
  • 26. #6 – start building your network
  • 27. Attend networking events
  • 28. Networking tips Don’t spend the entire event following the your hero around
  • 29. Networking tips Be generous: think about how can I help this person
  • 30. Networking tips Think quality, not quantity
  • 31. Networking tips Dare to introduce yourself
  • 32. Networking tips Ask for introductions
  • 33. Networking tips Do what you say you will
  • 34. Networking tips Connect online after the event
  • 35. Networking tips Keep in touch, e.g. Google Alerts
  • 36. Networking tips If somebody helps you out, acknowledge their time
  • 37. The greatest part of the day is standing at the front looking at a full house of people… iCould: http://icould.com/job-types/active-leisure-and-learning/ian-sime/?length=short
  • 38. #7 – build your online presence
  • 39. Build authentic social profiles
  • 40. Discover and share
  • 41. Build relationships Followerwonk: http://followerwonk.com/
  • 42. Participate in communities Boardreader: http://boardreader.com/
  • 43. Q&As – be the expert
  • 44. Create a blog Wordpress: http://wordpress.com/ Further reading: http://www.problogger.net/
  • 45. Guest blog Further reading: http://www.problogger.net/
  • 46. Gets up and actually wants to go to work… iCould: http://icould.com/videos/joseph-davis/?length=short
  • 47. #8 – work hard
  • 48. It isn’t easy
  • 49. #9 – working in a team means making everybody successful
  • 50. He used to be really shy, but dealing with the public has changed that… … iCould: http://icould.com/job-types/active-leisure-and-learning/kevin-johnson/?length=short
  • 51. #10 – never miss an opportunity to be awesome
  • 52. Any questions tweet @michaelchidzey
  • 53. Thanks! Michael Chidzey | Head of Digital Marketing & PR |