It is the first Saturday of my new life. I have officially worked three days as an event planner. It is still feeling like I am just taking a few days off from my other job. Very similar to a holiday it takes a few days to gear down and truly relax.
But relaxing may not be in the cards any time soon anyway because we are only weeks away from the Dandelion Festival which means we are in high gear. I am answering emails and as fast I hit send I get three more in my inbox. But you know what, I love it.
I love it because I don’t feel guilty or overwhelmed. It is going to take a few more days to settle into a new working routine; learning how to manage all of our events and rentals, prioritizing, meetings and deliveries and pick ups but I know it will all come together.
And as for me personally. I am feeling way better. I have slept through the night every night since I quit, which I haven’t done in forever. And last night I spent the night with my family without feeling guilty. And today I spent the whole day garage saling, cleaning up the yard and even had a nap outside and not one bit of guilt.
I am still playing catch up for two weeks in transition between quitting and this so tomorrow I am spending the day at my showroom where I can focus and hopefully get all caught up and on track so that I can start Monday feeling like I am in control.
Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.
There has been so much discussion about what the event industry is going to look like after Covid. And the right answer is live, hybrid and virtual are all going to live harmoniously together. Our opinion is that live events are going to come back like the Kool-Aid man, “Oh Yeah”. Crashing back into site the minute we are allowed. But this pandemic has opened the eyes of the industry and its clients to what is possible in a virtual and hybrid world.
Virtual and hybrid events have been more successful then I think most anticipated and as time goes on they will only get better. Much to the surprise of many these events have been hugely successful in bringing people together all around the world – like the Global Pride event we were honoured to be a part of, that was able to broadcast a Pride “parade” of sorts for 24 hours through every time zone around the globe.
Organizations that are not normally able to attend a conference on the east coast because it is too expensive for them to fly their team from the west coast have now been able to attend.
And let’s not forget the fundraisers that have blown their targets because they are able to broadcast their events right to the screens of those sitting at home comfortably with their credit card in hand. Instead of paying money for a ticket, a fancy outfit, and getting their hair and makeup done, attendees were able to donate all of that money directly to the charity. www.itmevents.ca/what-is-a-hybrid-event/... See MoreSee Less