Special events: Why a positive attitude is so important

I claim in my Twitter profile to be a professional volunteer.  As I gave last week’s blog post about volunteerism some thought I wondered what exactly are the credentials to be considered a professional volunteer? Certainly you have to have the time, you have to be good with people and you must possess some sort of skill set that makes your helping hand actually useful. But I think most importantly you must be willing.

Special Events involves completing many repetitive, tedious and detail orientated tasks in order for the event to successful.  I’ve noticed, over the years, that once many event professionals climb the ladder of success they are less willing to take on many of those tedious and repetitive tasks. But what’s always interesting to me is that the event leaders I aspire to be, the ones I look up to, the ones that truly produce great events are the ones that always say “Sure I’ll do that” to tasks far below their pay grade.  And while the perception might be that these “doers” are pushovers, quite the opposite becomes true.

We Can Do It

Many times the assigner of the task will say, “No, don’t worry about it, you have plenty of other things to get done.”  The “I’ll do it” response is always the same. Somehow when the “doer” accepts the unfavorable task they do it so well and with such effortlessness that others are left thinking they should have taken on the responsibility.  Or, perhaps the job itself wasn’t actually that bad.  It’s ironic how the “doers” are the ones that always make something seem more interesting.

The take away is always do the job nobody wants to do…be the “DOER”.

This quote was shared with me by an event professional who always “Gets It Done”…

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it...”  

-Wilfred Peterson

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    Neal Heitz

    If I could print uber truthful business cards, my title would be: “19 year old dream crusher” or “fantasy job reign-er-inner” but as it stands College Instructor of Special Events is the official printed title. This illustrious title was secured by a long career which has included: 1.) Organizing games of hide-n-seek that spanned two continents (well not really, but when you’re a kid two blocks can certainly seem like two very separate continents) 2.) Wrapping cornstalks for a Fall Pumpkin Festival without the help of step-by-step instructions posted on Pinterest. 3.) Frying chicken for every graduation, communion and confirmation party on the south side of Chicago. These formative lessons led me to a career as an Event Planner. With all of this necessary experience I transitioned myself into a College Instructor and found myself perched on a soap box hollering about the one thing I was destined to teach ... Event Planning.

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