We at Oslofjord Convention Center love events – the bigger the better! That is why there is great joy and enthusiasm among our employees now that we can finally have big events again. We recently had Atea visit with 7,000 of its employees and here you can get a little insight into what it is like being a project manager for such an event.
When large event productions are to be launched, there is an enormous machinery that must work optimally so that the guests has the best experience. Therefore, it cannot be understated that a large event requires a lot of planning, and a good deal of flexibility.
Martha Benedicte Skogholm is a project manager at Oslofjord Convention Center and has worked with us for more than three years. We sat down with her to get some insights on what it’s like to be responsible for en event like this.
What is the first thing you do when you are assigned a new event and the final date has been set?
“The first thing we do is to arrange a meeting with the customer where we go into more detail about what the customer wants for their event. That’s when the actual concept development starts, and it’s a very exciting phase!”
“The most exciting thing before the event is to see how the event develops, from an idea to a complete event with its own food concepts, set up, entertainment and everything that goes with it. Suddenly you see how the various components become a large event that will satisfy the customer and end consumer.”
But sometimes things happen
One must always be prepared for something unforeseen happening. During a break in the program on Saturday, there was a bit of pressure on the coffee sales in the Oslofjord Arena, fortunately the F&B department was quick and came up with good solutions. They came running with extra coffee and set up the outdoor areas so that we could take advantage of the nice weather. Life was bustling and the guests enjoyed themselves together in the sun.
Hosting fellowship and instant communities
It is during events like this, where people come together and stay together for a long time, that the sense of community can really flourish. Friendships are built, strengthened, and renewed, but also the feeling of a common direction and a common goal gives increased motivation to tackle the future together. That’s why we at Oslofjord love our job; because we can host large and small communities!