Just those two words create images in our minds of fun, money and pleasure.
Rock stars get paid to bang on drums, strum guitars and scream into microphones. They get to do what they love daily.
Traits Of The Rock Star Event Professional
So what does it take to be a rock star event professional?
Here are the eight top traits of superstar meeting professionals.
1. Big Picture Questioners
Rock stars often have big egos, big ideas and big dreams. They question the status quo and think differently.
When presented with planning a new event, the rock star meeting professional begins by asking, “What’s the goal of this event? And how will you define success?”
Rock stars focus on the little details that make a great concert experience. They look at the venue, the sound, the lights, the stage and more. Then they design their rock star road tour to be bigger, badder and better than ever.
The rock star meeting professional can transition from spreadsheets and room sets to big picture strategic thinking seamlessly. They have an eye for the details while keeping their thinking in the clouds.
Rock stars delegate the details to the appropriate people. They secure the right AV team, roadies, security, manager and promoters. They keep their eye on the prize – the experience for their fans.
The rock star meeting professional keeps the main thing the main thing and delegates some of the details to competent team players. They avoid becoming a micromanager.
4. Embrace Life-Long Learning
Rock stars often follow untraditional paths. They seek inspiration in unique places. They are always learning and tinkering.
The rock star event professional is always learning and unlearning. They seek out new education experiences to expand their thinking, ideas and processes.
5. Read outside the industry
Imagine if rock stars only read Rolling Stone or Billboard. Their lives would be in an artificial bubble.
The rock star meeting professional reads both industry and non industry related information to get inspiration and new ideas.
6. Develop A Sense Of Humor
The best rock stars know how to jump on a stage for a spontaneous jam session and then mingle back stage with the VIPs and guests. They deal with fans coming up to them in restaurants and try to keep their band members from going nuts in close quarters. Life can be hectic but humor helps smooth the way.
Humor is critical for the rock star planner! When the entertainer arrives drunk or the venue doors won’t open, a sense of humor is imperative. Having a positive optimistic attitude while overcoming issues means your team will enjoy working with you.
7. Rebellious Explorers
Rock stars are always exploring. Exploring new sounds, new themes, new artwork, new ideas.
Rock star meeting professionals don’t get stuck in a rut following traditional practices. They are both inward and outward explores!
8. Excellent Communicators and Listeners
Rock stars are passionate and effective communicators with the public and their fans. They do what they do for their fans.
Rock star meeting planners are passionate about what they do. They keep their focus on their event participants and can clearly articulate the whys behind the whats. They also have become skilled listeners able to translate what their clients want in the meeting experience.
What other traits would you add to the list? How do you channel your inner rock star when planning conferences, events or meetings?