Conference producers are a vital part of the events industry. They have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders, from the inception of the event, through to concept, and running it on the day – no, this doesn’t mean dealing with logistics and setting out tables! They are likely to be up on stage, giving out the opening address, and liaising with teams across the company to ensure that the event reaches its full commercial potential. It is a very busy and demanding role; a lot is expected of you and there is a lot of responsibility on your shoulders, but in return, you gain good exposure to all areas of the business and event, great earning potential particularly if you’re fresh out of university and has benefits such as international travel.
As a popular role within the events world, here’s everything you should know about being a conference producer!
What does being a Conference Producer involve?
Mostly you would be researching the content for the conference – desk and telephone research may be slightly tedious but is totally necessary for the event to reach its full potential.
It is a very commercially-demanding role; essentially, each event is run like its own business – profit the aim, and the role involves a lot of communication across functions.
It is a very varied role, and some of your tasks may include:
- Conducting research – as you are basically the project manager, this needs to be in-depth and will inform the entire event’s contents.
- Find and attracting the right speakers to create a high-quality event that will appeal to your audience.
- Working closely with the sales team to find and attract the right sponsors for the event.
What skills do you need to be a Conference Producer?
- Communication is key, both verbal and written; building relationships with speakers and sponsors is the key to a great event.
- Excellent research skills, as you’ll need to find the right people to talk to and have expert knowledge of the market.
- A keen eye for details is paramount – everything needs to be perfect and that responsibility rests with you!
- Commercial awareness is also important, as are the crucial project management skills; constant multitasking and being able to work effectively as part of a team.
Ready to face the challenge of taking on a conference producer job? Email your CV to [email protected] or call 020 7359 8244 for more information.