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Last updated March 16th, 2016

Events management means so much more than just fundraising and festivals. Have you ever stopped to think about the network of people behind the whole range of events that go on around you every day?
We chatted with alumnus Ammar Siddique, graduate from our postgrad course, whose experience of the course was all about the people and the relationships he built up through the hands-on elements of the course. His advice to aspiring event managers …

“Get out there, get talking, be loud.”

Networking and volunteering really are the heart of the events industry. Ammar came to the course wanting to find out which kinds of events to narrow down into. Instead, he nailed down exactly the skills he needed to make any kind of event a success.
Through team projects, Ammar strengthened his tenacity – a trait already a key part of his personality – and found his niche.  He found his ability to hold his own in a team debate and channel all the other contributors to meet the timelines and deliver a successful event.

“Each day I was calling the Hilton in Paris to negotiate and get the best deal for the pitch”

The logistics and negotiation part of the event manager role is the one that drives Ammar and he really thrived on the live projects. He says the challenge of negotiating with suppliers, jumping in and haggling for a better quote to meet the live project brief, was an eye opener.
As a student, he stepped right into the role of seasoned event manager and persuaded international venues to offer a discount for his team’s pitches. Here is the impact of a powerful negotiation: he still gets calls from those same suppliers to ask if he needs support for future events.

“You don’t have to know which bit of the events industry you want to be a part of to get started. If you love communicating, get yourself in the thick of it.”

From wanting to narrow down his focus to specific types of events, Ammar has discovered he wants to work with an events agency to increase his experience of managing different events. He is now confident he has the skills needed to take him anywhere.
The one thing that binds it all together is his love of communicating and the fact that he loves working with people. If you are naturally a good communicator and love making things happen, why not see where a career in Event Management can take you?

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