I don’t think I would ever want to be an events planner full-time because, as it turns out, the control freak in me can’t stand having to rely on several different people to do their part to make it all happen smoothly.
And people who order specific diets then don’t eat them but instead munch down on what everyone else is having bring out the bossy mummy in me. I want to shove that specially prepared box of nut-free yeast-free gluten-free taste-free shit in their face and shout “YOU ORDERED IT! NOW YOU EAT IT!”
Having had my little rant, the whole event went very well and I am relieved that it is over for the year and I didn’t fall flat on my face. And I guess it was a good experience that I have learnt from and will take the lessons with me for next years’ major conference.
Yep, that’s right. I said I’ll do it again.
A few good things have come from it though:
1. Money, money, money
As a control freak and lover of spreadsheets, I’ve set up a little business plan for the 2014/2015 financial year and for the past two months, I have earned double my allotted amount. Yay! Which has made up for the slow months where I was doing IVF and didn’t earn half of my allotted amount. At the moment, I’m over $1000 ahead of my Year To Date Budget … but the slow season of Christmas/New Year is coming so I’m not counting my chickens just yet. Still, it’s nice to know I can set goals and achieve them.
2. Upgraded status
I’ve upped my standing with the group that hired me to do administrative duties then gave me this as an ‘other duty as required’. They think I’m the shizz, which makes me happy because that means they’ll pay me no questions asked.
The experience introduced to me to other people outside my normal circles who seemed interested in the fact I’m a former librarian slash proofreader slash graphic designer. One thing I’ve definitely learnt in my relatively short life (hey, if I live to 90 like I’ve planned, I’m only just halfway now) is that it’s really not what you know but who you know. Relationships truly do make the world go round.
4. Learning to let go
That was hard. Really hard. But I think that every time I delegate and just let go of the reins, I grow a little more. This can only be a good thing.
All in all, it was a great experience and even though I am totally exhausted, it was definitely worth it.