As someone who regularly scribbles down notes on post-it notes and leaves them scattered around my office, I was drawn to the blog, Plan It On A Post-It immediately, especially because of the name! The site is full of advice for aspiring and experienced event and meeting planners alike. The blog is run by Naomi Tucker, CMP, a meeting planner with more than 18 years in the hospitality and meetings industry. Naomi is currently a Strategic Account Manager at Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, but she got her start in meetings working in hotels. I am excited to share a little more about Naomi’s background and experience. Read on!
How did you first get into the meeting & events industry?
In college, I was looking for an interesting position that I could possibly grow in. I was just merely walking down the street and looked at a Hyatt Hotel, walked in, and applied. Less than two weeks later, I was working. I didn’t plan to stay, but feel in love with hospitality immediately.
You’ve been on the hotel side and now you’re a planner – was this a difficult transition?
I perceived going from supplier to planner to be a tougher transition, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was. Being a Conference Service Manager at a major hotel chain provided me with a different perspective into what planners want. This unique insight helped me as I sought out a planner role. I was able to capitalize on my hotel knowledge and transfer it to my planning. This proved to help me succeed as an event planner.
Do you have advice for others who might want to make that switch?
My advice would be to embrace unique abilities that you acquired while working as a supplier and let that act as leverage that you have as a planner. Use the training and knowledge that you currently have in the industry and see how you can best help bring some of what you know into your new role.
Tell me more about your blog – why were you inspired to start Plan It On A Post-It?
Plan It On A Post-It is inspired by my post-it notes. Really, I do a lot of reading and writing, and instead of keeping all of these golden nuggets to myself, I choose to write about them and hopefully engage with others while I do it.
How do you stay current on industry trends?
I am an active member in industry organizations like Meeting Professionals International. I also love to read other event planning blogs and stay subscribed to industry magazines. I really enjoy the MPI blog and its Meeting Professional magazine. Additionally, I enjoy reading the Corporate & Incentive Travel, Cvent, and the Event Manager Blog. Most of all, I love talking “meetings” with other planners, and finding out what trends are surfacing on their programs.
What trend in event and meeting planning are you most excited about?
Technology – everyone loves technology even though they don’t know a lot about it. It’s great to see how event planning is projected to change based on technological influences.
What advice do you have for someone just getting into the meetings industry?
Stay involved in the industry, whether it be an industry organization or group. Keep active on LinkedIn event planning groups, those groups have proved to be very valuable in relationship building, and resource sharing.
Naomi Tucker, CMP blogs regularly at Plan It On A Post-it were “scattered thoughts create seamless plans”. Everyday Naomi brings order to chaos on 3×3 sticky notes that she uses to provide unique insights for event professionals. Having been an MPI Chapter Past President, combined with 18 years in the industry, Naomi brings an experienced voice to her blog for event planners.