Spotlight on…Lauren Berry

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Spotlight on…is a unique look at individuals from Venues and Events International providing insight into their daily roles and why they have a passion for the meetings and events industry. Here is our latest Spotlight on…Lauren Berry, Conference Planning Executive.

How long have you been at Venues and Events International?

1 year – I started in July 2017

What would you say is your favourite venue or destination?

My favourite venue to date is The Montague On The Gardens, the property is a Georgian townhouse that bursts with character. From the Leopard bar, the elegantly designed bedrooms and the Hawaiian beach bar/Winter Wonderland, the property is amazing in every aspect!

What made you want to become a Conference Planning Executive?

I started at Venues and Events International as Conference Support which I really enjoyed, you never knew what each day would bring and it really helped me build up my confidence within the industry and also get to know the team. No day was ever the same, I could be working on a meeting for around 30 delegates then a larger enquiry would come in and you’d be looking for a venue for 200+ at the complete opposite end of the country! After three months, I was given the opportunity to become a Conference Planning Executive which for me was a no brainier. I absolutely love seeing and working on the event from start to finish but also being able to build up relationships with all my clients.

What is your biggest highlight of your career so far?

Having the opportunity to visit and attend the most amazing venues and events throughout the year as part of the job!

Can you describe a typical day of your job?

It’s so difficult to describe a typical day because each day is so varied. I would summaries by saying the day’s fly by and there is never a dull moment.

What’s been your biggest challenge to date?

From not being from the Industry prior to working with Venues and Events International it was a completely new world to me. There is so much to learn and only so much you can be taught, you can never predict the scenarios you’re faced with so this can be challenging and difficult at times. Each time this happens you just have to take it in your stride and see it as a learning curve, if you have this mind set you’ll be absolutely fine.

What top tip would you give to anyone coming into the industry?

Everybody will always say this but being organised, this is an absolutely must when working in the industry. There is always so much going on and things can drop in when you least expect it. In order to keep on top of everything and keep your clients happy you really need to be organised. You need to know what is needed to be completed today, tomorrow and the day after that!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

In 10 years’ time I’ll be 34 which is really scary. I hope to still be within the industry, it goes without saying at Venues and Events International but with more experience and product knowledge.

What gives you that #FridayFeeling?

There is a real atmosphere in the office on a Friday, everyone’s exciting about finishing up for the weekend but trying to ensure everything is tied up and sorted. When the clock hits 5:30 and I know I’ve completed everything, my clients are happy and I’m in a good place for the week ahead is what Friday’s are all about for me…. going home for a glass of Rosé after a busy week definitely contributes!