A poorly planned meeting or convention can be a very laborious and tedious affair. You arrive at the airport and no one is there to pick you up. Your hotel reservation is incorrect. Your nametag is misspelled. The food is awful and expensive. The speakers are off-topic. There is no order or reason to anything. A well planned convention is just the opposite. Everything runs smoothly and on time. You learn new things, meet new people, and feel recharged. You're almost sad to leave and return to your home city and regular job. Basically, your job is to coordinate caterers, speakers, transportation services, accommodations, and materials in an effective manner. Thus time management, organization skills, and basic business knowledge are essential. Most programs that focus on convention, meeting, or event planning will train you in these specific areas. you will also learn how to negotiate whatever problems and delays arise (and they always do).