Event manager, decor trainer par excellence
Tafadzwa Zimoyo Senior Lifestyle Editor
“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not enough time” – Leonard Bernstein.
These are the words that inspired and motivated Pauline Likongwe-Mapisa, patron saint of cakes and guru of the organization of events.
Event management is an area that people no longer take lightly as it creates lasting memories of an occasion for both hosts and guests.
It takes a lot of wit and creativity to create a successful event that can stay etched in the minds of attendees.
She went from a pastry chef to a trainer of future event managers.
Last week, an always-smiling event planner hosted a two-day event planning, management and costing workshop.
Although she regularly hosts similar workshops, Pauline made a strong impression with her inaugural workshop which is expected to culminate with a series of event management clinics.
What made this workshop more attractive is that it arrived just as the merry revelers are getting ready for the holiday season.
She said in an interview that due to the Covid-19 which has affected most events, women, in particular, should not sit idly by at home.
The workshop focused on bedroom decorating, party and wedding events, baking and also playing with props.
“I just got the idea for a workshop on empowering women and men who want to plan and decorate events,” said Pauline.
“People didn’t take these things seriously because they tended to ignore them. The rich and the less well off have often been caught out in this area and we are here to change that mindset.
The down-to-earth event planner believes more investment in this area is needed to add that spark.
“The wealthy sometimes overlook things like decorating and event planning that saw some events end prematurely or on a disastrous note,” Pauline said.
“This is the cancer we need to eliminate and find knowledgeable event planners who know what they are doing.
“For example, the participants in this workshop came away richer after paying a reasonable price of US $ 60 for two days.
Of course, this was our way of giving back to the community by empowering others, but I can tell you that the knowledge they received here is invaluable.
After leading the workshop, Pauline was touched by the comments she received from participants.
“I am touched by the support and feedback we received from those who attended this workshop.
“There are also others that I have helped before and who give us outstanding feedback.
“So far I still have a lot of people who say I inspire them, so I decided to run the workshop and teach others what I know.”
Pauline believes in hard work and in those who started long before her.
“I have a lot of people who inspire me as role models, and I can’t mention them all because it’s a long list,” she said.
“One of the great people who inspires me is none other than my mom, my family and of course my advisors.
“I have a strong team that supports me and believes in me. I feel blessed when I do something I love the most.
If the opportunity arises, Pauline said, she should organize similar workshops in other parts of the country to empower future event planners.
“As previously stated, this workshop was an eye opener and there is a need for us to reach a wider audience,” she said. “We’re going to sit down as a team and come up with a well-designed program in our quest to reach a wider audience.
“It has always been my wish to empower others and, of course, to change their lives. “
Despite threats from the new Omicron Covid-19 variant, Pauline says she won’t be put off.
“We’re ready to do anything to make sure we reach the people who need our services.
“I will also run online workshops in the future if the new variant becomes severe in order to avoid physical classes.
“However, I wish everything was under control and we will always do our best to make sure that we serve people in accordance with WHO regulations,” she said.
As a pioneer, Pauline is committed to staying grounded and making a name for herself in the field of event planning and management.
The event was graced by some of the elite and popular caterers, event planners and event service providers who were also in awe of the work displayed.
One of the workshop participants, Sokostina Mapuranga, shared her testimony on how she benefited from the workshop.
“Well, I just started my company called Coco Events,” she said.
“He’s four months old. I am puzzled by the work we have been taught.
“Sometimes we should start from our house. You can’t be good at decorating when your house is in a mess.
“These sessions are necessary and should be done monthly. “
The participants left with certificates and Pauline promised to check the progress of their work.