I recently had the pleasure of meeting with a group of young, aspiring event professionals. Most are just finishing school and actively job-hunting as they head out into the world of business.
I was asked to share my background to help give them an idea of what a career in the events industry might look like.
In preparation, I set about reviewing my time in the business. I hoped to find key projects, moments and turning points that would inspire them see the possibilities…not just the step-by-step chronological review.
I soon realized this is something one doesn’t do very often really. We rely on our summary or the big picture of what we have done but seldom stop to remember individual accomplishments or those magical moments created when everything comes together perfectly for our clients or guests or ourselves.
I was shocked when I started to recognize everything I’d done. To stop and really think about those experiences was the greatest gift ever.
What began as an exercise to help and inspire others turned out to be something even more wonderful for me!
Here’s what I realized…
Event professionals are so busy moving forward, they often forget to look back to celebrate their success.
The event industry isn’t like any other. No two events are ever the same. And for that matter no two weeks or days are ever the same. Memorable moments abound, unique experiences one after the other, unimaginable stress one minute, the exhilarating high of success the next. Hilarious gaffs, unbreakable bonds and never-ending appreciation and gratitude for what others can accomplish. Ridiculous timelines, frightening emergencies, and difficult clients…nothing stops us. We thrive on it all.
And we keep moving forward. Wrap up of one event overlaps with the launch of another. Our minds are always on dates that lie ahead…next week, next month, next year…three years from now. Always forward.
Event people seldom stop to look back.
By the nature of our industry we are always looking ahead…always seeking that next big idea…searching for inspiration from others…creating for others…always planning for the future.
But do this one thing for yourself.
Pause…just for a moment and reflect. Look back.
Make a list of everything you have done. Revel in the thought of those incredible moments that you made happen. Recall how far you’ve come…what you have learned.
I promise you it’s a very worthwhile exercise.
I can almost guarantee you will remember accomplishments you have long forgotten and herculean efforts that you now wonder how you ever pulled off. You will remind yourself just how resourceful and creative and hard working (and yes, maybe just a little bit crazy) you are!
You will amaze yourself the way you amaze others.
Celebrate your triumphs, your career, your unique abilities. Re-live those special moments…those feats accomplished against all odds. Let them re-energize you.
Acknowledge all you have done.
Tap into your own inner genius.
It just maybe the greatest gift and the greatest inspiration you can ever give yourself.
And really … isn’t that just the best way possible to launch into the next big 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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