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Meeting and Convention Planner

Meeting and Convention Planners plan and turn out events such as meetings, conventions, trade shows, workshops, and seminars – producing the event from concept to execution. Their responsibilities often include budgeting, selecting a city and site, developing the program and agenda, selecting the entertainment, marketing, managing registrations and exhibitors, public relations, and running or staffing the event itself.

Earning the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation can help candidates compete for higher-level Meeting and Convention Planner jobs.

In smaller organizations, Meeting and Convention Planners may be responsible for planning and implementing every aspect of an event. In large organizations, there may be many Meeting and Convention Planners who are each responsible for a set of specific tasks.

Where Do Meeting and Convention Planners Work?

Meeting and Convention Planners usually work at convention bureaus, large companies and corporations, and associations.

At convention bureaus, Meeting and Convention Planners work to plan conventions and tradeshows. Marketing is a key component for these events. At large companies and corporations, they plan meetings, training sessions, tradeshows, and exhibitions for the company's employees or sometimes their clients and customers. At associations, Meeting and Convention Planners plan conventions and meetings for the association's membership.

What are the Qualifications for Meeting and Convention Planners?

Though most Meeting and Convention Planners have at least a bachelor's degree, it is not a prerequisite for the job. Meeting and Convention Planners often slowly transition into the field from administrative positions.

Meeting and Convention Planners need good organizational and interpersonal skills. They must be both detail and service oriented. In addition, they need to know how to manage projects, tasks, and people, and make good use of resources.

Earning the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation can help candidates compete for higher-level Meeting and Convention Planner jobs. However, prior well-rounded meeting planning experience is what many employers look for at all levels of meeting planning positions.