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Become A Special Events Planner

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Working As A Special Events Planner

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $53,180

    Average Salary

What Does A Special Events Planner Do At Intelligence, Communications, and Engineering, Inc.

* Provide intelligence support, advice, andassistance to the USASOC JADE HELM Exercise Cell Leadership on all aspectsof building, developing and executing the command’s exercise program.
* Plan, prepare, and manage the comprehensiveexercise design and scripting support during all JELC events to includethe Joint Exercise Control Group (JECG).
* Research, develop, organize, and maintainintelligence scenario products, as required, that support the exerciseprogram.
* Maintain and catalog supporting documents toprovide the historical background of the exercise scenario.
* Produce realistic strategic, operational andtactical level injects as well as contemporary political injects duringscripting and execution to portray a realistic environment for thetraining audience’s consumption and application.
* Develop and maintain the intelligence scriptingthat achieves stated training objectives in accordance with commandguidance.
* Coordinatethe exercise participants’ participation to include: Special Forces,ARSOF, Joint SOF, Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC), Interagency,Conventional Forces, and Joint Service enablers within the exerciseprogram.
* Developtarget intelligence packets (TIP) that supports the joint targets processand results in achieving unit training objectives.
* Capableof integrating and managing all eight (8) intelligence disciplines intoUSASOC exercises (HUMINT, GEOINT, MASINT, OSINT, SIGINT, TECHINT,CYBINT/DNINT, FININT)
* Conductresearch on current world situation and analyze its effects to theexercise’s training objectives.
* Conductresearch on adversary order of battle, asymmetric threat, and types andcapabilities of weapons employed.
* Provideintelligence subject matter expertise, design and development foroperational detachment lane scripting.
* Advise and assist the exercise planning cellduring all JELC events to include building tailored products withrealistic intelligence products found while conducting special activities.
* Advise, assist, and coordinate all intelligencesupport requirements by, with, and through the exercise program Site Leadto include recommendations/assistance on exercise support to includedeveloping scenarios to support academics.
* Develop and manage intelligence scripting insupport of all JELC events and exercise execution.
* Serve as the UW scripter for all events duringthe scripting conference; produce current/realistic operational injects toportray a realistic environment for training audience consumption and application.
* Serve as a JECG member, including TSOC or JSOTFlevel Intelligence Officer or other required role player during exerciseexecution.
* Provide Subject Matter Expertise (SME) in JointOperation Planning Process, Mission Analysis, and Military Decision MakingProcess, and Joint Training System as they apply to an UnconventionalWarfare planning process.
* CONUStravel required as necessary
* Required to travel up to 90 consecutive days once per year.
* Performother tasks and activities as deemed necessary by the exercise programcell leadership

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How To Become A Special Events Planner

Applicants usually need a bachelor's degree and some experience related to event planning. 


Many employers prefer applicants who have a bachelor's degree and some work experience in hotels or planning. The proportion of planners with a bachelor's degree is increasing because work responsibilities have become more complex. Although some colleges offer degree programs in meeting and event management, other common fields of study include hospitality and tourism management. If an applicant’s degree is not related to these fields, employers are likely to require at least 1 to 2 years of related hospitality or planning experience.

Planners who have studied meeting and event management or hospitality management may start out with greater responsibilities than those from other academic disciplines. Some colleges offer continuing education courses in meeting and event planning.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Convention Industry Council offers the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential, a voluntary certification for meeting and convention planners. Although the CMP is not required, it is widely recognized in the industry and may help in career advancement. To qualify, candidates must have a minimum of 36 months of meeting management experience, recent employment in a meeting management job, and proof of continuing education credits. Those who qualify must then pass an exam that covers topics such as strategic planning, financial and risk management, facility operations and services, and logistics.

In 2014, the Convention Industry Council created the Certified Meeting Professional-Healthcare (CMP-HC) certification, a CMP specialization related to healthcare industry meeting planners. Planners who want to earn CMP-HC certification must first hold CMP certification and also meet the work and planning requirements specifically in healthcare industry meeting planning.

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) offers the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation for meeting planners who work for, or contract with, federal, state, or local government. This certification is not required to work as a government meeting planner; however, it may be helpful for those who want to show that they know government purchasing policies and travel regulations. To qualify, candidates must have worked as a meeting planner for at least 1 year and have been a member of SGMP for 6 months. To become a certified planner, members must take a 3-day course and pass an exam.

Some organizations offer voluntary certifications in wedding planning, including the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners and the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants. Although not required, the certifications can be helpful in attracting clients and proving knowledge.

Other Experience

It is beneficial for new meeting, convention, and event planners to have experience in hospitality industry jobs. Working in a variety of positions at hotels, convention centers, and convention bureaus provides knowledge of how the hospitality industry operates. Other beneficial work experiences include coordinating university or volunteer events and shadowing professionals.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Meeting, convention, and event planners communicate with clients, suppliers, and event staff. They must have excellent written and oral communication skills to convey the needs of their clients effectively.

Composure. Meeting, convention, and event planners often work in a fast-paced environment and must be able to make quick decisions while remaining calm under pressure. When necessary materials do not arrive on schedule, they make alternative arrangements calmly and swiftly.

Interpersonal skills. Meeting, convention, and event planners must establish and maintain positive relationships with clients and suppliers. There are often a limited number of vendors in an area which can be used, and they will likely need them for future events.

Negotiation skills. Meeting, convention, and event planners must be able to negotiate service contracts events. They need to secure quality products and services at reasonable prices for their clients.

Organizational skills. Meeting, convention, and event planners must multitask, pay attention to details, and meet tight deadlines in order to provide high-quality meetings. Many meetings are planned more than a year in advance, so long-term thinking is vital. 

Problem-solving skills. Meeting, convention, and event planners must be able to develop creative solutions that satisfy clients. They must be able to recognize potential problems and identify solutions in advance.

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Special Events Planner Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Tagalog

  • Arabic

  • German

  • Hebrew

  • French

  • Mandarin

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Top Skills for A Special Events Planner

SpecialEventsEventPlanningAttendeeBaseCustomerServiceContractNegotiationVIPSiteSelectionEventBudgetsSuperviseAudioVisualCorporateEventsPrivateEventsPrivatePartiesEventBookingsIn-KindDonationsD CORVendorContractsEventManagementOn-SiteManagementTwitter

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Top Special Events Planner Skills

  1. Special Events
  2. Event Planning
  3. Attendee Base
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained calendars for all Special Events (corporate, social, high profile, and charitable).
  • Experienced planning for large numbers of people and learned more in depth the importance of timing and procedures in event planning.
  • Organized and coordinated special events for the Pelham Bay Park Fielded client questions and customer service
  • Developed and maintained relationships with customers and independent contractors Handled all central functions including administrative, marketing, and contract negotiations
  • Served as direct liaison for VIP donor.

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