It was another event full of learning and shared experiences but a whole load of preparation and organizing, prior to the day. Newsletters, social media, networking, all contributed to the planning of the event that took place on 28th November 2013, at Windsor Suite Columbia Hotel. I’ve learnt alot along the way.
First, despite my previous claim, to have taken this particular lesson on board; not to rely on other people, for what they say they’ll do, or promises made. I fell into the trap again. Stalls held as requested, only to be cancelled last minute; raffle prize donated and announced, for which I then got no response and even payments unmade, despite this being a not- for- profit event, aimed at benefiting attendees.
For the first time a man attended, kudos!! Many men I invited, shied away from the event, because it had a female focus. This including a gentleman that did, however, take up one of the optional services, on offer.
The main issue though, seems to be attendance, about 75% of those that booked the free segment of the event, did not turn up. This clearly needs to change and I am working on how to do this effectively. I’m certain there’ll now need to be a charge, after the January event. There’s likely to be more commitment to attending, if an event is paid for. As Janice, the problem solver said “networking does not have a zero value”
About the event itself, I got lots of positive feedback and some constructive feedback too. I’ve taken all on- board and concluded that it’s going to be impossible, to be all things to all people. Overwhelmingly, the format works and people that attended are happy with the holistic approach and opportunity to participate and/or gain experience; raise their confidence levels.
A final newsletter will go out for the year, before I start the cycle again, in January 2014. It’s a lot of hard work and sometimes I wonder why I’m doing it??!! However, the feedback I get, tells me, there is a need and it is appreciated, so I suppose that is good motivation enough.
Wishing you all a happy Christmas and seeing you all, in the New Year.
Ps. many thanks to Marcia Brown, Vera Popa, Jartua Gilpin, for their raffle donations.