Why humble pie is a must for every event organiser’s diet

Posted by: corina Wednesday 28th March 2012
Categories: Event Planning, Latest News

Humble pieImage credit: Joselito Tagarao

When was the last time you let your ego get carried away? I do it all the time. We all do. Accepting help or advice from others goes against our better nature to think we know everything, right? But organising an event is a mammoth task, and it takes a team of people to get it right.

Sometimes a slice of humble pie is exactly what we need.

You don’t know everything.

Nobody knows everything, not even you.

Everyone has different areas of expertise – use this. Take advantage of the knowledge and experience you have around you. In your office, in your building, in your neighbourhood – people who can help are all around you. Be humble enough to accept this and see the benefits of not knowing everything.

Making the time to get to know people’s strengths will help you to use them in the most efficient way when you need them.

You can’t do everything.

Calvin Coolidge is quoted as saying “We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.”

This is a great way to approach the mountain of work that is planning an event.

Event planning makes for a hectic time in the office, and leaning on others can take the pressure off. When you need a second opinion or some expert advice, don’t be afraid to reach out to others who can help. Ask lots of questions and take notes – you can sort through these later to pull out the gems that you’ve been looking for.

It’s also important to understand when it’s time to call in the experts. Getting a professional copywriter and designer for your event brochure or a photographer to capture the event will not only make your job easier, it will make your event look much more sophisticated overall.

No idea is original

Austin Kleon made a great point in his book Steal Like an Artist:

Nothing is original.

Every idea or invention is simply a new way of connecting things that already exist. This is great news for an event planner, because it means there’s nothing wrong with stealing, connecting and remixing other people’s ideas.

It also means there’s nothing wrong with sharing your own ideas. People are going to find them eventually anyway. Sharing and giving credit to others where it’s due fosters relationships and creativity.

So don’t be afraid to steal, but make sure to thank those who provide you with ideas and inspiration.

Multiple heads are better than one

No matter how experienced you are in planning events, you’re going to need help of some kind. If your attendees are your first priority, accept the help of others with humility to create the best event you can.

Don’t let yourself get pushed out of the picture, though. Never forget what you bring to the table. Try to find a balance between your strengths and what you need from others.

Have a think about your strengths and the areas where you need the most help. What are you great at? What do you know a lot about? What do you need help with?

Are you brave enough to grab a slice of humble pie now and leave a comment below about the areas you’re struggling with?

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