“I would highlight the importance of communication because, for me, it is essential for teamwork.”

Interview with Szilvi Kelemen, Event Manager intern.

Szilvi has been working in the ConceptFlow team for almost a year. Now she let us in on her initial motivation for the profession as well as her favourite tasks. She shared what she finds challenging and what helps her in her everyday life.

What was your first job? Did you like it?

I was a child actor, which I consider my first job. The choir from my elementary school received an invitation from the Győr National Theatre, and since I was a member, I was cast in the play. We performed a few songs in an opera, and I loved it. It was exciting to see behind the scenes.

Do you remember the moment when you realized you wanted to work in event management?

There wasn’t a single moment; it was a combination of smaller events and memories that led to this realization. One of these was the 2016 Olympic opening ceremony in Rio, which we watched at home with the family. I could only think about how challenging it must have been to organize such a ceremony and how many little details had to come together to make it work. Since then, I have been drawn to and fascinated by the field.

Where did you first hear the name ConceptFlow?

I first came across the company on the Maresz (Association of Hungarian Event Organisers and Service Providers) website, where I got to know the key players in the Hungarian event market, including event organizers and service providers.
Later, when I was looking for an internship, I came across an advertisement for ConceptFlow. I recognized the name, as I had read about them before, so I was excited and applied with confidence.

What tasks are closest to you?

Within event management, I enjoy the creative challenges the most. I love brainstorming ideas for decorations and their implementation, as well as developing the concept of an event. All this, of course, in a unique way, tailored to the theme of the event. An important part of this is mapping out the client’s needs, which helps reveal the direction of the task at hand.

What things are challenging for you?

Maybe focusing on the big picture during projects, not just the details. I often get absorbed in smaller tasks and fixate on minor things, but this is important to ensure the final result is well-rounded. In these cases, less really is sometimes more.

What’s your favourite part of the company culture?

My favourite part of the company culture is that my requests and ideas are taken seriously, so I feel like an equal partner in the team. Additionally, Évi and Józsi handle the company’s matters openly, so I can be aware of all situations, which helps me to be involved.

Who inspires you? Who are your role models?

I can’t single out one thing or person, but I always try to draw inspiration from my surroundings. I love observing places and people on the street and try to keep my eyes open.

What do you do when you’re not working?

I like to read, bake, cook and spend most of my free time at home. I also love dancing. I did folk dancing for 10 years, but now I’m looking for new challenges. I’d like to try myself in other genres.

What’s the next destination on your bucket list?

France, and Paris in particular, is my target destination. I’m interested in experiencing the local lifestyle and fashion. Plus, Paris has several museums that offer free admission to people under 26, so I’d like to take advantage of this opportunity while I still can.

What helps you in difficult situations?

I would say: principles. You have to think about your own principles: what’s important and what isn’t. In any situation, I believe the most important thing is to always show respect to others.

What advice would you give to those who are just entering the workforce?

I would highlight the importance of communication because, for me, it is essential for teamwork. Good communication makes everything work well. It can help the workflow the most, it’s also important to write everything down and not be afraid to ask questions.