Next in our 60 seconds with… series, is international speaker, event guru and a personal hero of mine, Julius Solaris.
Julius is the editor of EventManagerBlog.com, an international blog for event professionals, covering topics such as event planning, social media and events, event technology, event trends. He is also the author of The Event App Bible, The Good Event Registration Guide and Social media for Events.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Coffee, tech and events junkie.
How long have you been in your role?
I’ve been editor of EventmanagerBlog.com since 2007 – eight years.
How did you get into the events industry?
I used to plan parties for my friends at 14. I then moved to the meetings industry as event marketing person.
What do you like and dislike about the events industry?
I like the people. Everybody is so nice and really care about the human element. Speaking at events around the world I’ve got to meet energetic and passionate individuals. We cope with an incredible amount of stress yet are always able to make things work. You don’t get that energy in other industries.
I don’t like its resistance to change. Raising awareness for technology and social media in the industry has been quite a battle, especially in early days. There have been a lot of barriers to break. It is great to see how things are improving these days.
How has the industry changed since you first started?
There is more acceptance to change. Event professionals are not as scared as in the past to try new things and to innovate.
Best event you’ve been to?
It’s every year, it’s my son’s birthday. Best events are the most relevant to us.
Making a business out of nothing. Then making another business out of nothing. My biggest achievement, though, is the next one.
Which team do you support?
AC Milan. Bad year for us.
If there was a film about your life, who would you choose to play you and why?
Leonardo DiCaprio, purely based on looks ;-D
What do you do outside of work to let steam off?
That’s something I still have to figure out. I watch series, Breaking Bad is my hobby.
Barcarolle – Offenbach. It’s the song every event should start with.
What are your goals for 2015?
To be the number one site worldwide for event professionals.
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