As event planners, we go through days that are absolutely fantastic… and have to toil through other times that leave us completely wiped out and drained of energy.
So just like baths, motivation is something we need daily – to keep our spirits refreshed, and our bodies ready to take on the next day’s challenges.
That’s why we’ve compiled our favourite motivational soundbites (from some very inspirational people) into this article. Bookmark it, or write down your favourite quotes into a journal – then take a peek the next time you’re in need of a natural lift-me-up. You may be surprised at what a good inspirational quote can do for your day, mood, and productivity! “
Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferris
Known for his high level of productivity, the bestselling author, popular podcast host, and savvy business investor shares an important tip for all “busy” folks (like many event planners) – fill your days up with productive activities and focus on getting results, not on simply being busy.
If you’ve been guilty of this, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much more time you really have each day, if you’re focusing on (and doing) the right things.
“Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.” – Cornelius Fichtner
This is a powerful piece of advice, because most of us have been guilty of making at least one of these two mistakes – if not both. While some folks may convince themselves that they’re working hard and being productive, simply because they’ve spent a lot of time planning – the results will only come when, and if, concrete action is taken.
But of course, diving headfirst into an event or business activity without any prior planning, is simply a recipe for potential disaster.
“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” – Henry Ford
Amateurs find fault, professionals get the job done – regardless of the situation. This quote is especially useful for event planners as we deal with lots of uncertainty, from potential catering issues, to technical hiccups, problems with reservations and bookings, among other disasters.
But keep your cool, find a solution or workaround to every issue that comes up, and you could end up as the hero who saves the world! (Or at least, the event.) “
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
This quote should be a mantra for event planners everywhere. We understand that this can be challenging to implement in cultures where mistakes are frowned upon, much more than creativity and innovation is honoured – but no professional event planner has ever earned success, without having the courage to try something new, bold, and out of the box.
On this note, a useful skill to have if you run an events company, is being able to sell the idea of innovation and creativity to your clients.
If, for example, your client wants better engagement levels and higher quality feedback at their events, you can propose to use an event app to introduce elements of gamification at their events. It may be tough (at first) to convince them to try something new, but if you can use facts to win them over – such as how they can see a vast improvement in their return on investment (ROI) – you should be able to get them to cast their fears aside, and hop on board an exciting new direction that can vastly improve the quality of their events!