Mar 12, 2013 Event Management Lessons from India
In my last post, I spoke of the chaos that enveloped me while in India. I could write for days about what I observed there and even though it’s been over a month since my last journey, I am reminded of the experiences almost daily. Like the amazing and powerful OZ, travel has a way of hitting you over the head with new ways of looking at the world and at the same time, we might discover a new-found appreciation for what we oftentimes take for granted.
Events, meetings and other experiences we create for our clients carry the same opportunities. We have a period of time in which to deliver an experience to the guests with the hope that when they journey back to their day-to-day, they are filled with new ideas, inspirations and thoughts that enrich their lives and contributions to their communities.
En route home from India, I scribbled the following “Lessons from India” on the back of my boarding pass:
- Please don’t take for granted your independence.
- You can slow down and speed up at the same time – I witnessed it every day on the highway.
- Look for order in the chaos. [tweet this]
- Give in.
- Look people in the eye whenever possible.
- Appreciate what you have, BE GRATEFUL.
- Sleep is precious.
- Delhi Belly is not pleasant yet inevitable.
- Slow Down.
- Fresh air and clean water are precious – take good care of what’s left for our children and their children.
- I cherish and am grateful for my family, friends and Wilsonwest colleagues.
- Indian weddings are beyond anything I have seen in the event world.
- Girls and women do not share equal rights in so much of the world, India included and we must do whatever we can to break this cycle.