“How do you do it, Kathy?” I get asked that question from aspiring and sometimes experienced event planning professionals in consultations and also in our recently launched KR Planner Collectives. It’s probably one of the most asked questions of anyone who faces challenges that temporarily disable them. My answer will always be the same. It is simple. With intention, transparency, and preparation.
In order to tackle the hard questions, people, and situations, you must first be honest with you – the one person you can’t ever escape. So ask yourself the hard questions: Is what I am doing right for me and my family? What is my true intention? Do I have the chops to handle the pressure of high-profile client requests? Am I brave enough to fail? Am I bold enough to remind myself that I am worth it? If your answer is yes in your heart, then that conviction will be evident in your work.
Recently, I asked my planners at our New Jersey planner collective a question: Is high-level event planning right for you? It was interesting to see that this question actually made them think and compare some of the differences amongst the types of clients. What’s remarkable is that my question to them prompted like 15 questions from them:
- How do you deal with a difficult client?
- How do you leave your family sometimes for weeks at a time?
- How do you go for days with no sleep to ensure an impeccable celebration?
- How do you have the money talk with your clients?
- How do I handle unrealistic expectations?
- How do you make money in the event planning business?
- How do you elevate your brand to the next level and still manage to handle it all?
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