I recently saw an event professional post a photo of themselves on vacation all lounged out in a tropical location on their cell phone with the caption, “can’t stop working”, as though that were a Badge of Honor or credit to their success.
But we as an American culture have cultivated that and seem to encourage it, I’m afraid. Appearing too busy seems to imply that you are scarce and in demand because you are so good. You must be important if people are trying to reach you on your time off. Further, you must be a committed professional to your clients if you take time on your own time off to make them and their needs a priority. Continue reading “The Busy and Overworked Image In Marketing: An Indication of Prestige or Entry Level Amateur?”
This article was just featured on Special Events Magazine on 11.14.19.
What? Did she really just say that? What kind of professional is she? I can literally hear the gasps (and did hear the gasps in the room at an event at which I was speaking) when I said this.
Look, after 20+ years, 600+ weddings, 1,000+ corporate events, I’ve had my share of crisis-addicted, control-freak moments obsessing about “what if” that call was something that could make or break the event and I generally answered every single call (with or without Caller ID). I mean, what if not answering that one call doomed the event, an event partner, my client, and /or my entire branding and reputation? Let me tell you right now: amateurs dwell in fear from lack of experience and insecurity. World-class professional leaders dwell in experience, confidence, trust and the big picture. Continue reading “Why I Don’t Answer My Cell Phone On Event Days”
Perfectionism is a disease. It has even been said that Perfectionism is the hallmark of low self-esteem. And if we are really honest, we will acknowledge that there is no such thing as perfection. So what I strive for in my life is a standard of excellence. I have a high bar of expectations for excellence for myself and others in service, but have come to enjoy some of the beautiful imperfections that make life so exquisite, as well.
As event partners in a highly-demanding industry that, every time you look around, provides a new networking or work opportunity, we are often torn and strive to make it all work because of our obsession with trying to be the “perfect” event pro as well as partner, spouse, parent, child, care-giver and so much more. As creatives, our personality, networking and job opportunities are paramount to our success and how others see us, so the challenge and pull can be significant. Continue reading “When Personal and Professional Commitments Collide”