A Day in the Life of Senior Event Manager Lauren Robertson
International Women’s Day is taking place this month, and we’re celebrating the incredible women behind Saving Grace Events! One of these women is Senior Events Manager Lauren Robertson. Lauren’s role involves sourcing suppliers, managing projects and budgets, and setting up and running events on the day. Lauren is absolutely unflappable, and our clients know they can trust her as safe pair of hands to make sure their event runs perfectly!
In this blog, Lauren talks through what a typical working day is like for her…
How do you start your day?
I always start my day by taking my dog Maddie out for a walk. Before setting off for work, I grab some breakfast (porridge with honey, if you’re wondering). I then drive to work, which takes about half an hour. I don’t mind the drive because it’s mostly through scenic country lanes, and I’ve got Radio One’s Greg James to keep me entertained for the journey.
What do you do when you get to the office?
Go to the kettle! I must have a cup of tea before I do anything. When I’ve had my morning brew, I get set up and check my emails.
What does your morning involve?
No two days are the same in events, but my mornings tend to involve catching up on emails, updating clients, and chasing suppliers and venues. I also have a meeting with Rebecca to catch up and go through each event. As I say, every day is different, so I could even be out at a food tasting session or a site visit some days.
What does a typical afternoon look like?
As my days can vary a lot, it really does depend. For instance, if we’re close to an event then I could be putting together itineraries and event details, as well as working on the operational side. Whereas if it’s a new client then I could be writing proposals and looking at costs. At the end of each week, we celebrate the things we’ve achieved with our ‘ta-da’ board, which we take a picture of and share on our ‘ta-da’ WhatsApp group!
How do you unwind after work?
Sometimes I will go to the gym on my way home. I like to go at that time, otherwise I might go home and get too comfy!
Why did you want to work in events?
I’ve always loved events, which is why I studied it when I went to university in Leeds. It’s just something I’ve always had a passion for. Originally, I started out more on the hospitality side of things.
What do you like most about working in events?
The variety is great, but what I love the most is seeing something I’ve helped to create come to life! Taking something from an idea in an initial concept meeting to making it happen is really rewarding.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
Although I really do love working in events, it can be stressful at times. The client is obviously putting their trust in you, which can be a lot of pressure. By their very nature, events are live; there are no retakes. I always get nervous before an event, but that’s because I care.
Best event you’ve ever worked on?
My favourite Saving Grace event has to be Five guys, Croatia! I really enjoyed working on this long, international event, and the Five Guys team are so lovely and fun!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in events?
Go out and get experience. The more experience you can get the better, even if it’s waiting tables at weddings. The more you see, the more you learn!
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