Congratulations, Graduates: Red Velvet Events’ Commencement Speech

Once again, it’s graduation season.

Across the country, kids and young adults are donning their caps and gowns, preparing to move on to the next stages of their life. So we started thinking: if Red Velvet Events was asked to give a commencement speech, what would we say? What advice or pearls of wisdom could we share with the graduating class of 2013?

Read, Read, Read.

No matter what industry you’re in, and no matter how busy you are, make the time to read. Keep a queue of books. Peruse magazines, whether they’re related to your work or your personal interests. Not only does reading keep you up-to-date on your chosen field, but it also keeps your mind sharp.

Look Beyond Your Zone.

As you get older, it becomes easy to associate only with people who do the same kind of work you do, and who think just like you do. That’s why it’s so important to read items by and listen to people who are outside your zone – whether that’s your comfort zone or your industry zone. You can learn a lot, and hopefully make some great connections.

Don’t Repeat Mistakes.

No matter how much you plan and prepare, something is always going to go wrong. This holds true for events as well as for life in general. That’s why it’s so important to take note of your mistakes – and make sure you don’t repeat the same one again.

Event Planning 101.

If you’ve got your heart set on becoming an event planner, make sure you’re skilled at the following things, or plan to sharpen these skills:

  • Be very detailed oriented.
  • Be extremely organized.
  • Love working with people, from clients to vendors to co-workers.
  • Always be willing to go above and beyond to get the job done right.
  • Be comfortable with technology, and adapt to new products and new software easily.
  • Feel passionate about events and the meetings industry.
  • Love your town and want to share its great qualities with visitors (this is especially important if you want to work at a DMC).

Your Turn.

Whether you’re graduating this year or already have a diploma on your wall, we hope you’ve enjoyed our little speech. Now, it’s your turn at the podium. If you were asked to give a commencement speech, what would you want to say? Give us an inspiring mini-speech in the comments section!