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This past weekend I removed my event planning hat and attended a special event in the role of guest. And as I watched the person that I surmised planned the event, run around behind the scenes ensuring all went according to plan I saw her literally save the day. So I wondered do planners receive the credit and praise they so richly deserve. Yes, I plan events for a living. And truthfully, in addition to the financial compensation, in return only hope for a heartfelt thank you when it’s all over. As sappy as it may sound, for me the thrill is in the work and ultimately in the success once all is said and done. And in a perfect world when the client is pleased and shares that pleasure with positive feedback is icing on the cake.
I do often wonder if in fact as planners are we all the same and reason and reflect in a similar way. Do we all have related motivation, are we all in it for the same reasons, do we all strive for identical results and do we all respond similarly or differently when things don’t go exactly as planned.
It’s All About Event Planning and Five Great Planning Quotes
I can’t count the times I have been told over and over how lucky I am for having such an exciting career. Just imagine getting to; dress to the nines, go to all the best places, hob knob with the cream of the crop and testing out the top food, service, decorations and entertainment from some of the finest restaurants and venues. You know that snapshot meeting planners always hear about but never really have the opportunity live; being paid to enjoy the best events, parties, establishments where some wait a lifetime to experience.
As any meeting or event planner will share, while amazingly great, this job is all about the work, work and more work. And in my personal experience it IS all about the work and never, never, never about partaking and participating in a glorious party or event. And while some may come from more unique individuals than you think, there are loads of really great planning quotes that drive home the point that planning, whether for a job or life is important.
Event Planning and Five Great Planning Quotes to Make You Say Exactly!
In the first installment of this continuing fun series, here are five great planning quotes to make you think EXACTLY!
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
Dwight David Eisenhower
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn”t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we”ve done something wonderful, that”s what matters to me.”
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
“To be prepared is half the victory.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
Tackling a profession as hands-on as event and meeting planning requires an individual that embodies, to name a few, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, multi-tasking, quick thinking, decision making talents and is an incredibly hard worker. In addition to those and other talents, common sense, style and most importantly yes the ability to plan inch us all toward success.