When I return from the Serengeti, my brain feels new. It’s as if the hot African sun sears away mental fog. You can replicate this–closer to home. For many years, I have had the privilege of leading groups of family members, friends, colleagues, and clients to Africa. We do volunteer work for the Kenyan Children Foundation; we dig, scrub, build, teach, and–at all times–give as much love as possible to the AIDS children the Foundation serves. Every evening, no matter how late it is, our group convenes to discuss our day. This is not a vacation. This is work–expensive work! Yet year after year, people jump at the opportunity to join me.
How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list. Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too.
Five Things You’ll Forget That Your Event Planner Will Remember
Liz King Events
I talk to people all the time who plan their own fundraisers, parties, and events. While things seem to go off without a hitch, they simply don’t realize the amount of money they could be saving by hiring a professional. Yepp, I said it. Sometimes paying someone can save you money AND headaches. If your event goes just as it’s planned, you may only be losing money. However, if there’s a need to cancel or a natural disaster, you could find yourself up a creek.
How to Guarantee: When You Build It The Customers Will Come
Barry Moltz, American Express Open Forum
One of the most important factors that leads to the failure of a company is that their prospective customers can’t find their product when they need it. 50 percent of small businesses fail after 5 years because when “they build it”, customers never come. The main problem for most companies is that they are never are considered when a customer is making a decision.This is because at the time of purchase, the customer does not know that they exist.
Stop Screwing Up Your Event Tech Integrations
Liz King Events
And so the saying goes “It is better to try and fail than never to have tried at all”. I’m not sure who said that (Wikipedia has conflicting reports), but it is a good saying. At least if you try to integrate something new into your events, you are pushing the boundaries – and I would argue that it’s better than doing nothing. BUT – this is not an excuse to just throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks. When you are integrating technology into your events, you need to have a plan…and that plan has to include testing and making sure that it works.