An event planner’s secret weapon: rapport

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Events expert Kartraice Hooper emphasizes the importance of building strong relationships with everyone involved from caterers to staff members to drive a successful and seamless event. (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Event planning goes beyond just managing logistics. Building strong relationships are crucial for creating successful events. I take pride in developing a rapport with everyone involved – from Grammy nominees to caterers and AV techs, to the person who opens the doors before the event begins.

Successful relationships start with being approachable to everyone. Focusing time and attention on these relationships gives me confidence that the event will go well.

Fostering an environment of trust and collaboration helps ensure a seamless event, despite hiccups that may occur. This strategy creates a positive environment where people feel motivated to give their best.

– Kartraice Hooper, Executive Event Planner, The Association 100