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New to the Crew: Baptism by Fire
Behind the Scenes with Intrepid Museum’s Special Events
Special Events Staff
Welcome to the After Party by the Intrepid Museum’s Special Events Team. Here we’ll give you a look behind the velvet ropes at one of the most exceptional venues in New York, and we’ll tell you what’s catching our eye in the industry and beyond. Just like our events, each of us has a unique style. We’ll be giving you the good, the bad and the outrageously inspiring from our life aboard the ship. Join us for the After Party!
Posted: 6/8/2015 12:00:00 AM

By Rachel Skontrianos


Ahoy! Rachel Skontrianos here, reporting for duty!

My first week as the new manager of corporate and social events at the Intrepid Museum was an enchanting and hectic beginning to life aboard Intrepid. Between Fleet Week festivities, the annual Salute to Freedom gala and the opening night of the Summer Movie Series (did I mention this was all within the first three days?), I got a crash course in Intrepid’s rich history, witnessed dramatic transformations of event spaces and helped solve  technical difficulties.

Would I go back and change my start date to a less chaotic time? Never. Jumping into the deep end, especially within the first week, is a unique opportunity to see how your new organization and team operate at DEFCON 5.

In the world of events, new hires must be ready for anything and everything. Below are a few guidelines to help you navigate the blustery seas of life in events:


  1. Get organized: That new desk is a clean slate. Feel free to personalize your workspace, and don’t forget it is a reflection of YOU. A tidy desk will likely lead to fewer mistakes and less misplaced paperwork. Never arrive at a new office without the “Three Ps”—paper clips, Post-it notes and pushpins!
  2. Pay attention: Whether it’s during HR orientation or that first getting-to-know-you lunch with your team, listen to what is said to and around you. Taking notes on your phone, on a notepad or mentally will ensure you have a refresher when needed!
  3. Speak up: Don’t be afraid to offer suggestions that might help or to ask questions if you’re not sure about a procedure, location or contact for events within your new office.
  4. Offer to help: It doesn't matter if it's assembling handouts, carrying furniture to storage or proofreading a proposal. Lending a hand to any of your event cohorts will help solidify and strengthen your team dynamic and get your feet wet within the organization.
  5. Learn your venue: Mock site visits are a great way to become acquainted with your venue. In addition, shadow a colleague on a walk-through with clients and follow up with questions of your own. 

Come visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a venue as unique as New York City itself!