Why you should consider an Events Mentor for your team
At Kina Events we are especially proud of one of our more innovative services that sees us act as a Mentor to marketing and events executives that are seeking to develop their event planning role with their organisation. This allows senior marketers to support and invest in their team – offering tailored, bespoke support – boosting loyalty and value to the company.
This service gives us a huge amount of satisfaction; allowing us to give back whilst encouraging the next generation of event newbies to become the next generation of event gurus! It’s hugely valuable to our mentees, so we spoke to some of them to gain a better understanding of why they found the experience so beneficial.
As in every highly skilled and professional field, you don’t know… what you don’t know. And having an experienced professional to help guide your journey through the world of events can prove immensely beneficial. Offering advice, expertise and experience, it can help accelerate and improve your knowledge of the events industry – ultimately building your confidence. And as Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.”
- Great connections with suppliers
Event professionals spend a huge amount of time considering which suppliers are best for the job – cost-efficient, reliable, responsive and proactive – ultimately, we all know who we can rely on in life, and who we can’t. The same is true with events. Some event suppliers may be more cost-effective, but if they leave you adrift in a crisis, it’s you that will feel the pain – as you have a mini-nervous breakdown! Understanding the right questions to ask of suppliers when asking for quotes can save you a huge amount of time, money and stress. So having access to the contact list of seasoned professionals, and knowing what questions to ask, can be a powerful tool that makes your event planning a far slicker and smoother process.
- Ever-changing field
In this day and age, planning an event is about so much more than a beautiful location and tasty canapés, but also involves considering aspects such as accessibility, dietary requirements, event tech, brand engagement, social media promotion, and increasingly environmental concerns. In this sort of fast-paced environment it’s tremendously important to have an individual to guide you through the intricacies and nuances of this ever-changing landscape. Staying the same is ultimately falling behind!
Event planning can (sometimes) be a frustrating and lonely experience, and frankly having someone to offload onto can have some pretty powerful emotional benefits. But, beyond that it can also allow you to redefine the challenge and consider how you would act or behave differently the next time to improve the situation. There are different ways to skin a cat, and sometimes how you approach a situation makes all the difference to the end result. Your mentor can help with advice on how to deal with difficult situations – and people!
An experienced event professional will have a fantastic understanding of the industry and be able to offer up some inspiring individuals who may well be of interest, as well as signposting any courses, resources and opportunities that might prove helpful to your career, long-term. Mentoring is a great way to explore your next steps and how to get there. We are proud to have helped some fantastic event planners to flourish, thrive and progress in this demanding, yet rewarding, industry.
If you are interested in offering event mentoring support to a valued member of your team, please contact the Kina Events team on 020 7205 7901 or send us an email.https://www.kinaevents.com/events-mentoring/
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