“Event planner” can be such an all-encompassing title that can be applied to so many sectors, leaving a person with countless opportunities to fall in love with the job.
As a past event planner myself, I can imagine the euphoric feeling big event planners must have experienced after planning amazing, large-scale events like the Olympics, the Super Bowl, Carnival in Brazil, TED Conferences and more. For us smaller-scale event planners, we also experience post-event euphoria. There are a number of reasons why every-day meeting and conference planners can feel immensely proud of the hurdles faced and feats overcome consistently leading to successful events.
Here is why I loved being an event planner, specifically planning medical meetings:
A sense of doing good
When planning events, one needs to take a step back and look at the big picture. You need to think about what you really want the event to accomplish, and what part you play on the team in order to achieve.
For me, as a medical meetings planner, I felt that with each conference I was planning, I was contributing to making the world a better place by helping advance healthcare, and facilitating knowledge transfer between great minds. Some readers may call this a stretch, but the way I saw it was that if there was no one to organize these conferences, there would be nowhere for doctors and subject matter experts to come together and share their new discoveries, cutting-edge treatments, and the latest in best practices. Without face-to-face meetings and knowledge dissemination, doctors cannot practice to the best of their capability. No one wants this!
Meetings that help people
Everyone wishes to seek out the latest and greatest in healthcare, which is only possible if our healthcare providers are up-to-speed on the newest trends! Knowing that I played even a small part in helping to advance healthcare made me really love my job as a meetings and conference planner in the medical industry. The meetings I planned had the potential to benefit everyone, and it made me feel good about the work I was doing.
Furthering education & utilizing event tech
In certain industries, such as IT, engineering, medicine and law, continuing education is often mandatory or at least strongly suggested. When it comes to continuing medical education (CME), various levels of CME hours are mandatory for physicians in different countries throughout the world. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia fully endorses the principle that continuing medical education and continuing professional development (CPD) are essential components of medical professionalism. Part of my job was to plan the events for this.
Each year at the time of license renewal, registrants (your doctor) are required to attest that they are compliant with the CME requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (specialists), or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (general/family physicians). Course topics can range from advanced medical subjects to practice management and technology that is being introduced in physicians’ offices. For example, anything from electronic medical records to downloading all kinds of mobile apps for use in daily practice and for attendance at meetings.
Knowing that I’ve played an essential part in organizing these events gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. It has allowed me to do what I love and am trained for, as well as bask in the success of the events. I am constantly amazed at how well the event apps and event tech worked in making the event so productive and professional.
Sure, being an event planner is tough. But it is so rewarding, and I wouldn’t change my experiences as an event planner for anything in the world. Fellow event planners, I’d love to hear why you love your job. Share with me in the comments section below, or tweet us @QuickMobile!