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Event Professionals and Imposter Syndrome

By Leah Doyle  

We know that a healthy state of mind is vitally important to our overall well-being year-round. We also know that mental health issues are plaguing industries, big and small, with the events industry likely being one of the hardest-hit thus far.

The pace at which we have to move, the sleepless nights, the changing itineraries, the management of client expectations, and the chaos brought on due to the ever-changing demands of an unseen force called COVID-19 (variant #39450394850) has event planners on the brink of stress and anxiety.

Back in the day (early 2020), when the world was “normal” event professionals already had a lot to deal with. Then the pandemic came through like a steam roller – wreaking havoc across every industry and every country on the globe.

It is a well-known fact that event planners have one of the most stressful careers EVER, and when we’re stressed/excited/overwhelmed at work it spills over into our private lives and vice versa.

The unique and unprecedented time we’re experiencing may have planners feeling more self-doubt, leading to concerns about imposter syndrome. Here is an excellent article – How Event Professionals Can Cope With Imposter Syndrome – by EventMB, A Skift BRAND, that tackles this tough and sensitive topic head-on, unpacking how it might be affecting you and strategies for overcoming it.

Our industry is one of excitement, chaos, and constant change. Despite the stress, it continues to keep event professionals engaged. Maybe it’s the adrenaline rush of all the last-minute changes, meeting new and innovative keynote speakers, or the satisfaction of having your finger on the pulse of creating memorable experiences for your organization.

Regardless of the reason…here you are! So, thank you for all you do. You are an incredible force who makes a huge impact and we appreciate you so much! Our goal is to focus on how we can best partner with you to lift some of the burdens and help make your events LESS stressful and more AMAZING.

SpeakInc proudly works on the task force for the Events Industry Council that helped bring planners this Workforce and Wellness Guide that serves as the industry standard for resources and practices around health and well-being.

With meeting planners in mind, socialtables compiled a thoughtful list of 16 Must-Know Mental Health Ideas for Planners, we hope you can find a few useful tools to add to your stress-reducing toolkit.

Securing the right keynote is paramount to a successful event, so we created a free downloadable infographic detailing the benefits of working with non-exclusive speaker bureaus. It’s a great tool to help you whether you’ve been in the biz for 5 weeks, 5 years, or longer.

We leave you with a short video from our amazing friend and stage stealer, Ben Nemtin, who shares three ways to reduce anxiety. If you know Ben, he has an incredible story of success and triumph, but it didn’t come easy. Take a listen and get inspired.

The importance of mental health deserves more than just the month of recognition, so our goal is to continue to create awareness and share important information within our industry.

We are always ready and available to help you secure the right keynote for your very important event. You have so many other details to manage, if we can help lighten your load in one area (albeit an important one) we are ready to be your partner and help in every aspect along the way.

If you’re looking to bring a top keynote speaker to your next event, we work with leaders in health and wellnessstress management, and overcoming adversity.


Written by Leah Doyle
Leah originally joined SpeakInc in 2006 and currently serves as their Marketing Coordinator. Originally from Southern California, Leah is a graduate of San Diego State University. She currently lives in Jacksonville, FL with her husband, John, and their two children. If she's not taxiing her kids to the ball field or dance studio, you can find her at the beach or a local coffee shop!

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