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How do I find an experienced San Diego event manager or event coordinator for my sporting event?
When you are looking to hire an event manager or event coordinator for your sporting event, experience should be the number one thing you look for. The events trade can only be learned on the job, and you don’t want your event to be the classroom for a new and inexperienced contractor. Furthermore, event management is a collaborative process that requires a well-developed network. A network of this sort takes time and experience to acquire. It is critical that an event manager knows what services are necessary to support an event, who to call for those services, and has a relationship to get competitive pricing and prompt service.
In addition to experience, you should look for event professionals with involvement in the relevant professional trade associations (IAVM, CEFMA, MPI, ILEA, CEMA, NACE, PCMA), and who also have relevant certifications. The certifications are important because they demonstrate industry awareness and motivation. One important certification you should expect from an event management company is a Trained Crowd Manager (TCM) certificate, which indicates they know how to handle crowd control in emergency situations.
Events are time sensitive and stressful. Successful event managers have common traits that help them navigate stressful situations. Some of the traits you should look for in an event manager include:
- Good communication skills
- Responsive to client (and vendor) needs
So how do you find an experienced San Diego event manager or event coordinator for your next sporting event? Ask a lot of questions of any event manager you are looking to hire. Ask them about some of their recent events and what they did to ensure that the event was successful. Ask them if they have connections with reliable vendors for the types of services your event will need and how they will manage those vendors. Ask them if they have working relationships with many of the venue managers in your area. (An experienced event manager should have a large and diverse network of venues with which they have worked.) Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for references of clients they have worked with in the past for event management or event coordination.
An event manager should be your most trusted partner in the event planning and execution process, so make sure you do your homework and find someone with the experience and skills you need to complement the experience and skills of you and your in-house staff.
If you are looking for an event manager or event coordinator for your next San Diego sporting event, we’d love to talk to your about how Stylehawk can help make that event a success. Our staff of event professionals is experienced, well-trained, and familiar with the venues and service providers in our directory and marketplace.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our services, so please contact us today!