Event no longer describes the work of planners, Kevin Jackson says in Event Manager Blog.
Planners no longer merely organize events; they design experiences.
What's the difference, he asks?
"An event is a one-off moment in time and an experience is a whole campaign that builds a community of interest around the subject or topic we’re promoting," Jackson says.
The difference becomes clear when you consider where the two words come from.
Experience comes from the Latin word experientia, a "trial" (as in a "trial run"); event, from the Latin word eventus, an "occurrence."
Your event is either a memorable experiment or a forgettable incident.
A reveal or a recap.
A verb or a noun.
A carnival or a funeral.
An experience or a waste of time.