A meeting planner handles the details and scope of meetings and various events such as conventions, parties, and trade shows from preparation to the event's day. Clients expect them to select and manage the location, date, budget, and attendees based on the meeting's objectives and purpose.
Depending on the size and nature of the organization and client they work for, they may also be called corporate meeting planners, association executives, or independent meeting planners. They deal with logistics, technical equipment, catering, and entertainment for the meeting or event.
The work schedule of the meeting planner is busiest during the event's planning and arrangement period when they work long hours coordinating with the meeting's stakeholders. Various problems may arise so they must be adaptable and capable to carry out their tasks under pressure.
Pursuing this career requires a bachelor's degree in hospitality management or a related discipline. Some people in this position have degrees in communication, public relations, business, and marketing. Employers often prefer candidates with professional certifications and work experience for this position.