If you’re an event coordinator, what you’ve kind of known all along is now official—you’ve got one of the most stressful jobs there is.
In fact, according to a recent survey by CareerCast, an internet career site, event coordinators rank #5 on the stress index. That puts you three slots above senior corporate executives and only one slot below, believe it or not, police officers.
Why so high? CareerCast says that job stress comes from a combination of 11 factors and it so happens that your job gives you a steady diet of most of them: travel, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, meeting and interacting with customers and/or the public, and the potential for job growth.
The funny thing is, those are the same exact things that make your career so exciting. That pulse-quickening feeling you get as your event draws near. Knowing that all eyes will soon be upon what you’ve worked so hard to make happen. Connecting with so many interesting people. And that rush of relief and accomplishment when your event is a success.
“Being on showfloor and seeing a beautiful structure rise from the concrete is my magic moment,” says Lisa Lawley, Cisco Event Program Manager. “It makes all the challenges that went into it totally worthwhile.”
So is there any way to lose the stress but keep the excitement? Well, you don’t have to look far to find lots of advice about coping with job pressure. Everything from eating well and getting enough sleep to visualization exercises and just taking a deep breath every now and then.
That’s all good and fine, but we’d like to suggest another, more direct, remedy to a lot of what may be stressing you out: make sure you’re working with a really good trade show and events company.
The truth is, in a business where a million things can wrong, and so much needs to go right, you need a partner who’s always looking out for you. The kind of partner who can solve problems before you even know they exist. And who can help you make the most of every opportunity to stand out along the way.
So here’s to all you hard-working, steely-nerved professionals in the most rewarding profession we know. May your burdens be light, your successes be many and your CEO visits be filled with smiles!