The 5 important skills a career in Conference Production requires

The 5 important skills a career in Conference Production requires
  1. Research

The most common task for conference producers is research: topic areas, speaker acquisition, venue hunting, target audiences – so be prepared to become an expert in whatever sector your conference is in!

 

  1. Relationship-building

A key part of the role is to build and maintain relationships with everyone from attendees to speakers, there are many different stakeholders for a conference and making sure they are happy and always in the loop is integral to the success of any event.

 

  1. Commercially driven

The end result of a conference is to make money – a determination to hit the end goal of making money is essential.

 

  1. Project Management

A strong work ethic, organisational and time management skills are necessary to be a successful conference producer – being able to manage a project effectively and, in some cases, also manage multiple team members is crucial.

 

  1. Presentation skills

Creating a conference itinerary means coming up with an idea and presenting it to other people – scary for some, but if you can’t communicate to different audiences, particularly senior members of a team, then the path to a great conference will be a lot trickier.

 

Beyond those skills, the infographic below details the general career path you could expect to see as a conference producer!

 

 

For more information about Conference production, email our Head of Media, Jonathan, at [email protected]

 

Featured Client – Thorough Events

Featured Client – Thorough Events

Thorough Events is a specialist event organiser known for running the Concours of Elegance, London Concours and Gulf Concours. These are fantastic live events for those who are passionate about the automotive world – their attendees  have the wealth to enjoy the finer things in life, and Thorough Events are the ones who provide that service! They may be one of our smaller events clients but what they offer their customers is an unparalleled experience in the industry.

The Concours of Elegance, this year being held on 6-8 September at Hampton Court Palace, brings some of the rarest cars from across the world to take part in a categorised competition, voted on not by outside judges but by the owners themselves.

If you’re interested in a sales role at Thorough Events, you won’t be selling something dull or unexciting– far from it! They are top of the game for automotive events, and by curating the best privately-owned car collections in the world, their concours offer patrons a quintessentially British summertime experience. If you have a passion for cars and want the chance to work on extraordinary, dynamic, live events, then Thorough Events is definitely a company you should consider. Not only will you get the chance to help deliver these incredible competitions, they also have a wealth of in-house knowledge and can help you rapidly grow and develop your skills as an events professional – this is a company where, if you put the work in, you will reap the rewards and see the results of your effort.

The ideal candidate for Thorough Events would be a friend of the phone – perfectly capable of talking confidently to a stranger. It goes without saying that you will also have relentless enthusiasm for sales and a total drive to succeed. Particularly as they are a small team, you should be able to work individually; this shouldn’t be too hard considering the exceptional products Thorough Events offers!

This is a high-end company both in what they offer and how they treat their employees; if you want a sales role working on the most extraordinary and exciting events in the automotive industry calendar, Thorough Events is definitely the place to be.

To find out more, visit https://concoursofelegance.co.uk/, or to discuss the company and roles available in further detail talk to Marcus at [email protected].

5 PR events to think about attending…

We all know the benefits of networking, but where to start? Here are some of the main events and when they are:

1. PR Week Awards
Famous for being the highest commendation in the communications world, there are PR Week awards for the best corporate, agency, non-profit and education teams. We are proud of the clients of ours, including Edelman, Racepoint Global, W2O and 90TEN, who are nominated this year. Another cool PR Week networking event is the PR360 Conference, it’s an opportunity to make sure you are absolutely up to date with what is going on in the industry.

The 2019 PR Week Awards are being held on October 15 – https://www.prweekawards.com/ and the PR360 conference is in May 9th – https://www.pr-360.com/prices/.

 

2. SABRE Awards & IN2 Summit
SABRE stands for Superior Achievement in Branding, Reputation and Engagement. It’s a renowned awards event, held in conjunction with the IN2 Summit; these events attract some of the brightest stars and leaders of the EMEA communications world and you’ll see the mind-blowingly creative campaigns they create.

This year’s summit is May 22 – https://events.holmesreport.com/in2-emea/index.

 

3. Communique
This is where the healthcare communications world gets to showcase itself, demonstrating how outstanding work can deliver real improvements in healthcare, enhance patient experience, build trust with stakeholders and augment industry reputation. You can talk to Julia ([email protected]) if you’d like to know who’s hiring and what the opportunities are.

This year the awards will be presented on July 4 – http://www.pmlive.com/awards/communique.

 

4. PMEAs
The Pharmaceutical Marketing Excellence Awards is another healthcare event, centred around recognising work that demonstrates excellence in improving patient outcomes. As well as agencies and consultancies, you’ll see European, international and UK pharmaceutical, biotech, ethical, life science, OTC and medical device/diagnostic companies here.

To find out more keep an eye on https://www.pmlive.com/awards/pmea!

 

5. PRmoment awards
Dedicated to the best PR in the UK, the PRmoment awards has categories such as the best use of research, best stunt, best use of creativity and best event of the year. Many of our clients hold awards from the Winners of the South categories (Taylor Herring, The Romans – to name but two).

To find out the winners from this year’s judges, visit https://www.prmomentawards.com/2019-winners-south.

 

We have a new Senior Consultant on the PR desk covering Consumer, B2B and Corporate PR – for all your communications needs, talk to Rob White at [email protected] or call 020 7359 8244.