Are you a crier? – Monday motivation.. or not!

On doing the obligatory LinkedIn search pre-work tomorrow, the below picture is my recommended reading and it got me thinking back to a few times I have actually cried at work.

 

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Working in corporate events, or any events role for that matter, is super stressful. I don’t think people understand the amount of pressure that is involved… Sure, at the end of the day we may be just “party planners” but everything is so time critical and needs to be so well timed that it is a melting pot of emotions.  I cannot tell you how many times I have had no sleep before an early morning seminar, freaking out about whether I sent the reminder for the right date or whether I booked Lords for the right day and the worst, that my alarm won’t go off, I won’t get there in time and how will people cope if I am not there to run it!

I remember about 2 years ago being the last time I cried at work. I was running an evening seminar, everyone from av to support where stretched, tired and very reluctant to help and I just lost it. I like to do everything myself (note potential head hunters reading this…. I really am a team player) and because you literally can’t do everything yourself and need to rely on others, I get frustrated when I don’t get the support and for me, as its both personal and professional related, I cried.

The question remains though, is it ok to cry at work for personal reasons?  Yes, I think so.  Crying because  you are going through a personal crisis that is non-work related, people will not (I believe) judge your work on it and it makes you human. I say go for it! It shows you are an emotionally intelligent person.  Your colleagues won’t judge you.  The article How Not to Cry at work, by Janet Matta (read the full version here) says ” Sharing of real human vulnerability, when done appropriately and in context, can increase your connection to coworkers and improve working relationships” and it’s true.  Holding it in can result in your taking it out on them to distract your sudden mood change, and that isn’t great for anyone.

So next time you and your husband have a major fight and your in tears, tell your office buddy! You may even get a box of chocolates to cheer you up!

Event Theming – Garden Party

I have just come across this YouTube video for Event Company Lettice.

What an amazing job they have done with the “garden party” theme. You can find out more about what Lettice does here (they are currently recruiting by the looks of it) and see their 2013 promotional video below! enjoy…

 

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Oh how I love Brunch

Seriously, I love Brunch.. it is my favorite meal of the day and who wouldn’t be tempted for an all you can drink Prosecco and Bloody Mary brunch for only £15.00 at the Happenstance this weekend.

Emerald Street and The Brunch Society are offering this for this coming weekend only (Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th). You can download your voucher and book here.

 

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IMEX America – back to Vegas

IMEX is THE event trade show for event professionals and on October 14 – 16, IMEX comes back to Las Vegas.

If you are yet to attend IMEX as a hosted buyer, you’ve been missing out.

If you are a meeting and event professional whom books hotels, holds meetings and events in the USA, then all you need to do is apply.  IMEX works through an intermediary to cover the cost of your flights and accommodation and is on a guarantee that you will meet with no less than 8 exhibitors a day whilst you are attending. It seems a lot but it really isn’t and if you are there to meet powerful connections and investigate all the different showcased venues, it is oh so worthwhile.

You can find out all the statistics from 2013 here! 

 

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If you are like me though, the best part of trade shows is the networking opportunities and each time I attend one, I end up making amazing connections that I am still in touch with some years after I attended!

This year there are a few great events on offer however, the one event that looks pretty good  is the MPI Foundation Rendezvous which is a club night at one of the Strip nightclubs where you can mix and mingle with the industries best and brightest… all with an open bar!

To be honest, what ends up happening is you go to the party until about 3.00 am where you think it would be a great idea to keep going, get back to your hotel at around 6.00 am for a 7.00 wake-up call to attend the forum slightly worse for wear! lots of fun.

You can apply for a place as a hosted buyer here.   I can’t apply this year, I have no leave but next year I will!

 

 

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Why doesn’t anyone show up?

I cannot count the amount of times I have been so off when calculating actual  rsvp’s versus attendance on the day.

Some days its a 8.00 am start, its raining, minus 6 degrees, tube strike and someone famous passed away and you will get close to perfect attendance. Other times, you have an amazing event, the sun is shining, you have done all the research you can to make sure there are no conflicts and 20% show up! God, its so annoying.  Here are a few tips I have learnt that may not guarantee perfect attendance but, may give you more of an indication whom is actually going to show up so you don’t waste money on catering, using unnecessary staff and more importantly, have 100 spare chairs at your seminar which must be mortifying  for a speaker!

 

Price

If you want people to think you are throwing an event of value, charge for it. When deciding whether to attend an event I will weigh up the cost of giving up my time against what I will get from the event. Sure, its most likely I will get a few free glasses of champagne and if I stand close enough to the kitchen, a few canapes but is that worth my time?  If I received an invitation for an event that had a low ticket price attached, not only would I think twice before purchasing but if I did, I can guarantee you I would turn up!

Check the diary

If you work for a professional services organisation and run seminars, a simple Google search will help identify any other events happening with a similar topic so you can avoid holding yours on the same date. Most professional services firms will advertise their seminars on their website.  If you are planning to hold an event at an accountancy firm on some recent taxation legislation that has just been released, chances are your competitors are doing the same thing.. google, google, google and get in their first…

Reminder, reminder and another reminder..

Yes, you may think it irritating but if someone is looking forward to attending an event, guaranteed they are not going to care a less if they receive a couple of reminders are they?  Have you ever had a guest or client say they would now like to decline because they received too many reminders? no, you haven’t soooo.. do it!

A final reminder the day before is oh so important. So many times I have forgotten to go to an event that I may have rsvp’d to a while ago and not had any reminders since! Just do it.

Venue

Venue is most definitely key.  Budgets aside, try and not run the same event at the same place every year. It’s dull! When choosing your venue make sure it is easy for people to get to as well and ensure you have location maps with the invitation, not dodgy Google maps  that anyone can make.

Make your location diagram easy by perhaps putting other points of interest on it that would be interesting to your guest.  It’s quirky and memorable.

These are a few little tips that can help gauge a better attendance figure.. your welcome! lol

 

 

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My Week in Events

Whilst it is still technically my “week”. I have half a day off this afternoon to deal with a plumber (which sounded a lot ruder when I said it to my fiancée) so I thought rather than enjoy a lovely afternoon at the pub, I would write my blog & hit the gym #looser.

My week in events has been overshadowed by a very exciting visit to the registry office early this morning to file our notice of intent to marry.  It’s all very exciting and can’t believe I am getting married in a few months.  Our wedding seemed like a millions years away a few months ago and now BOOM, am having bridal melt downs left right and center.  I am proud to admit though I haven’t cried yet – Bradley is amazing at helping me see nothing is worth stressing about and I have amazing bridesmaids and Brad’s sister Michelle has some super amazing connections!

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Personal events aside, I ran a dinner on Tuesday which resulted in the usual amount of no-shows! How do you actually get people to show up? I do it myself, I RSVP yes, it gets to the night and am tired so can’t be bothered to go, we all do it but lately, without fail I will always send an apology email, it is just basic manners, right and a habit we should all keep in this profession as we all know how frustrating it can be!

One epic event passed through London which I was privilegedtourdefrance the see.  The Tour de France (#fance)!  We were fortunate enough to be front and center when they went past.  I cannot imagine how much planning goes into that event. Everything has to be timed to perfection which is not one of my strongest event planning skills. Am a bit too laid back at times!

I had some awesome news that will hopefully see me being published in a new publication but that is on hush till finalised which was pretty amazing for me. I always fancied myself as Carrie Bradshaw which means if it gets confirmed I might need to take up smoking again!

All in all a pretty average week work wise but personally, pretty bloody awesome!