In the Booth: An Interview with Diana Varadi

In the Booth: An Interview with Diana Varadi

At Ministry Venues it is the team that make us what we are. They are all unique characters with varied backgrounds and we thought it would be nice for you to get to know a little more about them. Here is a little on Diana Varadi the Sales Manager for Ministry Venues in her own words..

Tell us a bit about yourself? How did you get into the events industry? 

I was born in Hungary and at the age of 12, my mother and I immigrated to Canada. At the age of 19 I moved to the UK by myself.

I was not in a position to be able to go to university, therefore I realised from quite young on that I will have to work twice as hard to get to where I want to.

My very first job in the UK was as a Security Officer. My shifts were from 6pm to 6am, and I mainly looked after abandoned factory sites. When an opportunity presented itself to move to Newcastle, I jumped on it and moved within a week. 

I walked into a hotel near where I lived and got offered a job as a housekeeper. I accepted the job and was very thankful, but I made it clear that I wanted to progress and showed them through hard work and dedication that I was going to make it. Within 2 months I was promoted to a reservationist and within 1 year I was the Front Office and Reservations Manager. That’s how my hospitality journey began, and I am ever so grateful for meeting the right people at the right time to guide me and see the potential in me. I was always target driven, organised, full of energy, creative and had extensive ability to problem solve and a special eye to detail which made start my career within the Events Industry. 

What do you like to do outside of work? 

Anything to do with food I am there! Food is such a big part of my culture. You continually feeding others, it is our love language. I remember growing up, even if my grandmother was angry at my grandfather, she always made sure he had something to eat. I love cooking and going to restaurants and appreciating all the flavours, hence travelling is probably my second favourite thing in the world. I am people person and I find it so fascinating learning about people’s backgrounds, journeys and traditions.

I am a binge watcher of Documentaries and Crime Series and as a problem solver I find it fascinating to see whether I was right.

I also used to dance on a professional level so I do like the occasional night out and at networking events I can often be the life and soul of the event.  

What do you like most about working in Events?

I love the entire process. Being able to provide a client a memorable experience is such a fulfilling feeling. The connections and great people you can meet is incredible. Seeing some event spaces transform is breath-taking. What people seem to forget that in events we all work together as a team to make one event come alive, sometimes it can be the very first time we meet. A successful event requires attention to detail, listening to your client’s needs and thinking outside the box. The key to deliver a successful event is 100% honesty, being relatable and making yourself available to your client. 

Why did you want to work for Ministry Venues?

I love the brand and what it does for its clients. The company is a great place to work and they really care about their clients and staff. Every event hosted at the venues is bespoke to the clients requirements, meaning that it is not just a cookie cutter events company and this makes it a unique and interesting place to work.

 If you could swap lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

 Oprah Winfrey – She knows literally everyone!!! I would love to just send a message to her entire contact list and ask them if I can host their next event

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