I don’t like organizing events. It is stressful, entails a lot of work, and above all nobody seems to be satisfied. It’s a thankless job.
It is statements like these that give event organization its notoriety. I will not refute the fact that it is a stressful endeavor, because it is. You have to anticipate and consider a lot of things, decide on a lot of details on your own, while at the same time factor in the requests and opinions of the attendees. You also have to be very detailed, and at the same time be really brief in dispensing information.
Event organization IS hardwork, stressful, headache inducing, constipating and would sometimes make you want to dig a six-meter deep hole and scream into it to your heart’s content.
But to say that it is a thankless job is, to put it gently, a lie.
If you did your “volunteer job” correctly, then at the very least a couple would acknowledge the effort you put into planning things. But then again, the goal should not be “to plan an event that will make the attendees thank you.” That should only be the after effect. The goal should always be, to create an event that serves as a vehicle for your attendees to have fun.
Fun is subjective, but at the same time contagious. If two or three people start to have fun, it spreads like wildfire throughout the rest of the group. The objective of an organizer is to determine in advance what obstacles stand in the way that will prevent that from happening, and deal with it so that the party bus does not come to a screeching halt.
I love organizing events. I love it because it allows me to foster new friendships and nurture existing ones. And those are just some of the wonderful benefits. The main draw for me is when I see the attendees having the time of their lives, and the faint glimmer in their eyes, one that can’t be faked, begin to show. It gives me a sense of accomplishment, and that warm feeling that even if just for a couple of days, I was instrumental in creating a memory that they can look back to years after the event is over.
This pic was taken beside the Shiga Lake Hotel at Shiga Kogen Ski Resort on January 31, 2016.