Hi, my name is Karyn, and I’m a serial planner. Back in college, I used to map out my entire day, including travel time in between my dorm room, class, the gym, etc. Color-coded calendars, Excel spreadsheets, and to-do lists all bring me joy. I could be described as Type-A, and I’m okay with that.
Having recently celebrated ten years as a working professional, I’ve had a chance to reflect on what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown. While I’ve certainly developed over the years, I’ve realized that there are constants in my work, specifically relating to meeting and event planning. Some may call these clichés, but I call them truths…and they do exist for a reason.
Something will inevitably go unplanned. No matter how prepared you are, you can’t predict the unpredictable. In event planning, it’s all about accepting that fact and then moving on. Were you able to keep your cool and troubleshoot if necessary? Your ability to think on your feet and to handle the situation in the moment is key.
You can’t please everyone. Of course we want our events to be overwhelming successes, with every attendee having the most amazing time. In reality, we know that’s just not possible. While the desire is to please everyone, it’s important to remember the big picture while measuring success. Were your goals achieved? Did you consider the needs of your audience? We certainly shouldn’t be quick to let ourselves off the hook, but at the same time we need to remember not to be so hard on ourselves.
Hard work does pay off. Is there anything better than seeing all of your efforts come to fruition? Even when something does go wrong or you receive less than positive feedback, you are allowed to take the time to recognize and celebrate your hard work.
Calling all planners out there – what are some truths that you’ve come to realize in your experiences?