Event Industry Terms

Ebook: 58 Event Industry Terms Every Planner Should Know

No one likes jargon. We’re instructed to avoid jargon in most professional settings. And yet, it’s not that simple. Because the right words convey the correct meaning, and that matters when you’re crafting memorable events.

Perhaps it’s easier to talk about terms of art instead of jargon.

If you’re a new event professional entering the exciting field, knowing the correct event industry terms is a safety blanket. Not only does it allow you to communicate professionally, it helps you understand the more experienced pros. And isn’t that the crux of event planning? Communication. Communicating with clients, attendees, vendors, and partners. So that’s why we’ve compiled this glossary of the standard event planning terminology.

This list was compiled by Amanda Larson, CED, a Certified Event Designer, marketer, and content creator. With a degree in journalism and special events management, Amanda has worked in marketing and events for international startups and Fortune500 companies.

Throughout this Ebook on Event Industry Terms, we’ve tried to keep things brief, to the point and, where possible, link to further reading. Sometimes the links will be to related articles, other times, to more in-depth explanations of the terms themselves. In both instances, I believe we’ve linked to interesting reading.

Should you memorize everything? Nah, probably not. But according to the experts, a familiarity with common event industry terms conveys both assurance and confidence. So if you find any terms that relate to areas you commonly work in, then do commit them to memory.

And at the very least, you’ll know where to come if you hear unfamiliar jargon.

Dean Levitt
Co-founder, ThymeBase Event Planning Software

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