By Hydee Mariazeta, Senior Customer Support Representative, Accelevents
If you're an event planner, it's vital to join communities where you can find support and resources. Being part of a group in the event industry is a great way to connect with other professionals in your field, learn new tips and tricks, and get advice when you need it. This blog post will discuss some of the best groups for event professionals like yourself.
You can find many thriving communities that focus on event planning on different social media sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn. We researched for you and compiled a list of the best event planning associations to join.
With more than 3,000 members, this group aims to provide ideas, debate topics, and an avenue where event planners and professionals can collaborate with like-minded individuals.
One of the larger event planning communities, created and moderated by BizBash, is also a great place to start. This group has over 18,000 members and aims to provide highly relevant resources for event professionals needing advice or inspiration. You can't solicit your services here, but they encourage their members to build connections with fellow event professionals.
Welcoming agencies, freelancers, event planners, and event suppliers alike, this online community beams with more than 21,000 members and provides a welcoming space with 100% events industry-related topics on their discussion board. They also offer job listings on their website and Facebook page.
With over 86,000 members, this LinkedIn group is a great place to start. They offer the Certified Event Management Expert (CEME) program, which yields substantial benefits such as intensifying your event management skills and improving efficiency.
Moving on to the largest LinkedIn community for event professionals to date, this event community keeps you ahead of trends by providing informative content. Share your best practices and gather new insights from more than 397,000 members.
A Facebook Group sponsored by Accelevents, it is 994 members strong and strives to moderate and facilitate great conversations among its group members. Event professionals pose questions, implement polls, and share information that the entire group can benefit from. Although it is vendor-managed, we do not sell or advertise in this Group - we only wanted for the event industry to have a neutral space where event planners could learn from each other in a meaningful way.
You might think it's better to join a community with the most members, but that won't always be the case. It would be wiser to search for groups offering the most relevant content. Another thing that you should consider is the group’s member make-up. Are the interactions positive and engaging? Are they helpful? Find communities where you can learn from experienced professionals willing to share their knowledge and experience.
You don't have to be a lone ranger when it comes to event planning. Join communities and groups where you can learn from your peers, get help when you need it, and make some great connections along the way!