EVERY DAY IS A SPECIAL EVENT! NOT 9 – 5 and You WON’T LEARN THE BUSINESS IN A TEXT BOOK!
The special events business is not a 9 to 5 job and not a craft that you can learn in a text book. Learning how to plan and produce an event is a life experience and for some people it is a positive and life changing experience. For others it is something to avoid like the plague. Not everyone is cut out to be in the special events business! In my life – I’ve had some glorious event successes and some glorious event failures. But like sunrise to sunset, when a day is over it is just like a special event – over!
Sophisticated event planners make the event process look easy and hopefully no participant knows what goes on behind that curtain. My event philosophy is simple – to be successful in the business you need to like PEOPLE. Other virtues to learn is to be nice, be kind, be giving and open to criticism and be able to say thank you! Learn how to communicate and to delegate. Woe is an event planner who tries to do everything, not to involve others – as a result, major mistakes can happen and besides a colossal event failure filled with stress you decide to leave the planning to someone else. This individual probably read the text book and didn’t join me on the front lines and in the trenches.
Long before Millennium Park was created, The Eventors were hired to use the Grant park event space to hold a dance Marathon for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority as part of their annual convention in Chicago. Over, 2,000 “sorors” were invited to Grant Park to attempt to break a Guinness Book world record for the most participants in an outdoor dance event. Although we didn’t break the record these ladies had a fun morning dancing and exercising to celebrity teachers and local exercise class instructors.
Founded on January 13, 1913 by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University in Washington, D.C., membership is open to any women who meets the requirements, regardless of religion, race, or nationality. The largest predominately black sorority, the more than 300,000 initiated members are mostly college-educated women. The first public act of Delta Sigma Theta was participating in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington D.C., on March 3, 1913. Since its founding, this sorority has created programming to improve political, education, and social and economic conditions, particularly within black communities.
Fast forward to July 2019 and the Delta Sigma Theta (the Deltas) pitched in to help those who were victims of the latest storm and flooding in New Orleans – as part of their convention they donated 17,000 meals to New Orleans Flood Victims. Check the story out here!