We all are aware of the joy of giving but sometimes a little reminder goes a long way. Giving feeds the spirit, lifts us out of our own daily problems and reminds us of the power and influence of many when they come together for a single cause.
Cause-related events have a different air about them. They are relaxed and conducive to meeting and chatting with new people. Unlike a business event where you may run into the same crowd time after time, a charitable event will likely draw interest from folks in areas of the industry you may not otherwise run into. Everyone is there of their own choice for a common goal without agenda or the pressures of business so it is a friendly and open environment in which to make new connections.
Fundraising events are typically very good at sponsorship and acknowledging volunteers and contributors. See how they do it. They often have to operate on very a lean budget – ideas on keeping things frugal yet effective can be helpful. Participating suppliers may be new to you and using the industry event to showcase some of their latest and greatest – never hurts to find new ideas. Every event you attend offers learning for your own.
Day to day we are all focused on our own challenges. Sometimes it’s nice to lift our heads and remember we are part of a great industry that extends well beyond our own circle of business. Participating in a charitable event gives us a welcome shot of pride in our industry and creates a true sense of community.
There is nothing quite as inspirational as witnessing others in action for a cause they believe in. Catch that energy and use it to fuel your own efforts. It may even inspire you to volunteer the next time or start your own charitable event.
Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com
As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.
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