Our titles should officially be crisis handlers. Meeting planner is great and all but doesn’t capture all that we do. When you have me “handling” a leaking roof at a hotel ballroom before general session starts, combing through box after endless box to find the very expensive award plaque, and sitting on the floor of the business center at 1 AM printing name badges (with no shoes on), I am Olivia Pope. We are not meeting and event planners, we are magicians and FBI agents. We save the day. Without us, you would be miserable. Am I right or am I right?
Because of the experience and skills, we have acquired along the way, guess what that makes us? Adaptable. Meeting planners know how to adjust and pivot with a moment’s notice. It’s even our job to help those who struggle with change and uncertainty. I hope that each and every single one of you is thriving even with the current climate of our world. And if you are not, think back to a time at your last meeting or event where you performed a miracle and try to think about how that made you feel. How did you do it? Most of the time, how did you do it without anyone ever even knowing there was an issue. Whatever struggles you are going through right now is not new. It’s just different.
The whole world managed to adapt overnight to working from home, schools closing, and quarantine. Guess what, there is a meeting planner right now that just pulled off a virtual event in less than a month’s notice. The whole world had to cancel family vacation plans. There is a meeting planner right now who just spent weeks working on a cancellation for her 4,000 person convention. The whole world is suffering. There is a meeting planner right now suffering, too.
It wouldn’t be the first time we adapted and it won’t be the last time. The next time someone asks you what do you do, tell them everything.