When I get asked what I do for a living, I say that I am a conference producer. The most common response to this is “What kind of job is that?” Well I will tell you what kind of job it is…
Firstly, conference production is a very exciting, rewarding role which I love doing. No two days are the same!
When a new topic for a conference is suggested, the first thing I do is research. I call experts in the field for advice to ensure that the conference I create is relevant and adds value to potential delegates that will attend.
Once my research is finished, I invite speakers to present at the event. This is always an exciting time as we at Criterion ensure that our speakers are of the highest calibre.
One of the key skills that a producer needs is the ability to listen. It is crucial that you listen to what the experts tell you and listen to the recommendations that they give in order for a successful conference. As a producer, we don’t pretend to be experts in the conferences that we produce. Our job is to ensure that we bring together all of the most influential experts in the field in one room so that the conference will be beneficial to all present, speakers and delegates included.
From the moment I receive the name of the potential event right through to when I go to the conference, it’s such an exciting learning curve. One of the best things about my job is when you go to the event that you have worked on for so long – and the delegates say that the event was brilliant and they learned so much from it. This makes me love my job.
I don’t know about you but when I start a new job, I get a little nervous on the first day. My first day at Criterion was very different. Everyone was so nice and the production team organised a production lunch for me so that I could get to know my team and they could get to know me. I really appreciated the fact that the team did that for me on my first day.
Sometimes the role of a producer can be extremely demanding. However, here at Criterion we work as a team .The culture is so supportive. If I ever need help or advice, there is always a helping hand nearby. We celebrate each others successes and we are there for each other no matter what. I think that is the main reason why I love working here and why I feel that I have the best job in Sydney.
Tune in next week for part 2 where you’ll get feedback from our production team of just why we love our job!
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