I’m packing for a girls’ weekend in Park City and I feel as overwhelmed as if I were getting ready for a three-month expedition in the Sahara. It’s five days. One time zone away. What is my problem??
My problem is that I haven’t been on a trip since I flew back to SFO on March 8, 2020. Even though I used to be on the road as often as every few weeks, I have forgotten how to be away – packing, setting up the OOO, taking out the trash, watering the plants, telling my clients I’m disappearing for a bit.
Are you preparing for your first post-pandemic in-person customer event? Your first in-person keynote? Your first in-person team all hands? You’ll want to communicate in a compelling and inspiring way, especially the first time everyone gathers. It’s going to mean a lot!
As we dial up our activities again, be good-humored, resilient, and flexible. Give yourself lots of extra time to prepare. Assume there will be things you’ll forget. Embrace checklists. Accept that there will be last-minute changes.
A rattled host is never a great communicator. But if you bring the right attitude to your preparation and the event, you’ll be fine. We’re all stepping into this strange and wonderful new world together!
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