Meet Mary, our bright and bubbly Events Coordinator! This ray of sunshine is a pro when it comes to putting on the perfect event, and here at Bloguettes, she’s in charge of planning and coordinating all of our in-house and external events and happy hours. When she’s not busy working with sponsors to bring our events to life, you’ll most likely find her bingeing on reality TV shows, obsessing over a new book, or dreaming about her next trip to Disneyland!
Keep reading to learn all about Mary and her role here at Bloguettes:
What is your favorite part about working at Bloguettes?
I genuinely enjoy my position and being able to coordinate and execute events for the company- it’s a good mix of organization, networking, and creativity! I also love the collaborative energy at Bloguettes. It’s inspiring to work with such innovative and hardworking people everyday!
Tell us a little bit about what you do day-to-day as our Events Coordinator!
As the Events Coordinator, it’s my responsibility to plan and coordinate our team events, happy hours, and the exciting new Bloguettes event we’re planning for 2018. Whether it’s contacting potential vendors for an event or picking up a cake for a birthday celebration in the office, my day-to-day is always a little different!
Name 3 skills you need to be successful in your job position.
To succeed in my position, I need to be detail-oriented, creative, and have a great communication skills. Whether it’s via email or in-person, it’s important to keep open communication with all event sponsors, vendors, attendees, and your team to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Finish this sentence: The motto of my life is….
“Be a little kinder than you have to” and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself!
What do you like to do in your free time?
When I’m not working, I love to read, try new coffee shops, travel, and watch HGTV. Fixer Upper re-runs are always on in my house!
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’ve loved to sing since I was really young so I wanted to try out for American Idol and be the next Kelly Clarkson.
What are your top 5 tips for planning a great event?
Mary's Event Planning Tips:
Network, network, network! You never know who you’re going to meet- the woman sitting next to you on the plane could be your next event sponsor! So always introduce yourself, carry a few business cards, and be prepared to follow-up after meeting someone to establish the relationship.
Always have a backup plan. It’s inevitable that some of your original ideas will need to be revamped, so it’s key to have a running list of alternatives. If you’re relying on a gluten-free caterer, for example, It’s a good idea to have a list of alternatives so you can easily contact them if your first choice falls through.
Keep a positive attitude! There will be times when things don’t go according to plan, but if you keep a positive attitude, it makes a world of difference and others will remember you for it!
Remember the little things. This is where being creative and detail-oriented comes in! The details of an event are what set you apart, so always try to think of ways you can incorporate a unique twist or surprise for your attendees.
Use technology to help you. Apps like Wrike and Google Keep are great for organizing projects and to-do’s and putting them in manageable groups so you’re not overwhelmed. Find the apps and technology that help you stay organized when planning events and it’ll make your job so much easier.
Wanna find out what store Mary’s most likely to max out her credit card at, her fave childhood memory, and what songs she has completely memorized? Watch the video below!