It’s official. Event Management is the 5th most stressful job. Ever.There’s a reason your chest tightens, your hands shake and your thoughts race as you plan an event. A recent Forbes report found Event Management to be the 5th most stressful job in the world!
Relax already, because we’ve got some great tips on how to take the pressure down.
In the report The 10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2017 by Forbes, Event Management came out 5th, beaten only by enlisted military, firefighters, pilots and police, which are undoubtedly high pressure, high-risk careers.
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And it’s interesting that Event Managers top even newspaper reporters and senior corporate execs.
How Do Event Managers Rate?
Let’s put it this way: Event Management scored 8 out of 11 for risk factors of stress in the report.
CareerCast provided data to Forbes who used eleven stress risk factors, of which Event Managers scored an impressive eight:
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Still, 8/11 risk factors for Event Management is high. Yikes! Alternative career, anybody? Kidding. We’re passionate about what we do.
Sure, the pressure mounts at times, but there’s lots you can do to reduce the stress quotient.
Take the Pressure Down
“Take hold of the wheels and turn them aroundFarnsey did it with his retirement, so why not the rest of us? Turn those wheels around.
Take the pressure down.”John Farnham
Here’s how to take control and get smart about stress minimisation!
Smart Productivity Tools
Save time and headaches with smart templates designed specifically for Event Managers. The following tools are perfect for the efficiency-seeking, stress-busting Event Management professional:
Smart productivity tools prompt excellent planning, and go a long way to help you avoid the dreaded
boo-boo disaster that can spring from even the smallest oversight. Nonetheless, things can and do go wrong at events, and often it’s impossible to avoid. The best thing you can do is be prepared with contingency plans. Knowing you’ve thought through possible hiccups will help you stay calm and focused on a solution.
Always remind yourself to stay calm when your personal stressometer hits the danger level. It’s hard to think clearly when your mind is racing! Mega stress can happen at any time during the lead up to the event when you’re knee-deep in deadlines, or on event night.
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to do everything yourself. Work at building long-term partnerships with trusted suppliers you can rely on. Good partners will always be happy to support you, and they too have a vested interest in your events being successful.
Mentors & Resources
Use your networks to build relationships with experienced events professionals, and even check in with a mentor from time to time. Pick their brains about handle stressful tasks and keeping the pressure down, and you’ll no doubt learn tricks and feel nicely reassured that you’re doing a fabulous job.
Take the Pressure Down, and Keep it Down
Event Management is undoubtedly a high pressure job. It’s hardly surprising that we came in at No. 5 on the Most Stressful Jobs list. The stress is highest when things start to feel out of control: lack of time, fear of missed deadlines, little oversights and unforeseeable events are the main culprits.
The secret to keeping the pressure down is staying in control, grabbing that wheel and turning it around. You’re in the driver’s seat and keep reminding yourself, “you’ve so got this!”
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