Take a Number, I’m Planning

Here I go again. It’s that time of year for me, preparing for three days worth of events.  A golf tournament, cocktail receptions, dinner, board meeting and an education event.  A jammed packed three days, but well worth the effort.  And find myself knee deep in the details; okay maybe waist deep (for those of you who might know I’m only 5’1.

I’m a detail person.  I might find myself drowning in paperwork, caused by the deluge of registration forms sent in all at once, but also by my own need to make charts, spread sheets, documents of some type that will keep my mind at ease while I pull off another successful event.  Don’t forget, I also hole punch everything and keep it in a binder – which the CIC once referred to as my “bible”.  The glossary now says: See SPECIFICATIONS GUIDE.  Yes, I make work for myself – but I reap the benefits in the end.

As many of my close friends and colleagues know, I’m not the best person to be around during this time of year.  I’m so focused on the event and making my members happy, that I forget about the rest of the world for a while.  After reading Jeff Hurt’s blog today, I see that I’m not alone in this…

Friends and family know that a couple weeks before each big event, I go into meeting hibernation and only come out for sleep and food. Don’t call me and ask me to meet for lunch. I can’t make it. Don’t expect me to answer all my Facebook and Twitter requests. I’m reviewing BEOs. I walk and sleep the meetings minutiae. I even have nightmares that I’m hosting a huge event and no one shows up!

Anyone else feel this way?


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