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Event Planners Are “Surthrivers”
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Posted: 3/14/2016 1:48:26 PM

By Trudy Chan

Standing around the water cooler the other day, a couple of us here in the office confessed our obsession with a lifestyle reality show. No, it’s not Real Housewives of New York City or David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding or even Dina’s Party. We absolutely can’t get enough of this survivalist show on the Discovery Channel.

The show follows two survivalists who get dropped off in the wilderness and have to survive for 21 days with only their skills and one tool to help them. Though we can’t relate to every aspect of the show, we think event planners have got what it takes to survive in most situations! Why’s that? Here are five reasons event planners are excellent “surthrivers.”

1. Event planners create flow and process.

The survivalists on the show are faced with what they must do on day one in order to make it to day 21. Should they build a shelter before looking for water? Should they even bother looking for food before building a fire? More than simply making a checklist, event planners plan out what should be done first and then what else should follow in order to achieve the best results.

What event planners camping looks like.


2. Event planners are always prepared.

The survivalists are given a choice of one vital tool to take with them into the wild. A fire starter? A machete? Perhaps a cooking pot? Event planners always have a well-stocked box of tricks to help them get through the day and night, and the contents will definitely change according to the function. Here are two emergency kits created by Wild Sky Events. (Can you guess which is for a wedding and which is for the corporate event?)



3. Event planners are resourceful.

Despite years of experience and weeks of planning, sometimes a problem arises that wasn’t anticipated. A good event planner should be able to troubleshoot a problem and come up with a solution on the spot, often with whatever materials are on hand. Are the client’s vases falling over? Grab some Velcro! Are there too many silent auction items for the table? Grab an extra table and overlap the table linens to stretch out the display. We have certainly MacGyver-ed our way out of a number of sticky situations.

4. Event planners can adapt to any situation.

Whether it’s a corporate meeting, networking reception or non-profit gala, event planners know exactly what to wear for all occasions. Don’t believe me? For one example of our sartorial savvy, check out Emily’s recent post about how to make one item in your closet appropriate for three different types of functions.

5. Event planners have grit AND grace.

Knowing multiple methods for making fire means nothing if a survivalist is afraid of the dark. Time and again, the show reveals that a key survival skill is mental fortitude—the ability to meet challenges with courage and confidence. Once an event is under way, a planner’s role is to keep everything under control and show grace under pressure. We can handle anything!