Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

YOU, the adrenaline junkie

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

Adrenaline Rush in Prague

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YOU sit in your office staring at a white board that is so full of lists and reminders that YOU couldn’t possibly squeeze in one more letter.  YOU look at your desk to find a TO-DO list that fills an entire notebook, with only two items scratched off.  YOU take note of the copious amounts of yellow post-its that decorate your desk, computer screen, and walls.  YOU notice the piles of supplies stacked high in the corner.  Your pulse quickens as you look at the calendar.   Your event, your big event, is only a month away.

YOU are suffering from momentary paralysis.  YOU are frozen with fear, worry and doubt.  Will it be successful?  Will I achieve my goal?  YOU know sitting here staring at lists and emails is not what you should be doing, but YOU can’t seem to snap out of it.  YOU are overwhelmed and the only thing that seems to be occupying your mind is an insistent, repetitive list of things that need to be done.

YOU have spent the past year doing the prep work, setting the foundation for the event.  YOU did all the preliminary stuff YOU could possibly do.  YOU met with your committee, secured sponsors, designed promotional materials, implemented changes and improvements according to feedback.  YOU feel good about what YOU have accomplished.  But as it always happens, no matter how much YOU prepare in advance, crunch time finds YOU.  YOU did your best to avoid it, YOU did everything YOU could possibly do, but here it is, the home stretch, and there is still so much left to do.  Where do YOU start?

This is a moment, I feel, that most Event Planners can relate to.  That few minutes of panic before the adrenaline kicks in.  But if you are familiar with the process you know it doesn’t last.  YOU take a deep breath, re-organize, reassess and get to work.  YOU just do it.  Don’t think about it too much, just pick a task and attack.  Once YOU are in motion again, the nervousness will turn into adrenalin and that is what YOU will rely on to get the job done.

And as YOU might already know, there probably won’t just be one moment like this in your event planning process.  Maybe some of us experience this on a daily basis, or weekly basis.  But it is one of the reasons why we do what we do.  We are organizers and planners by nature.  We want to plan the best, most successful event in the history of our organization.  Believe it or not, this is what drives us.

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