Event planning can be a tricky business. Large, established event planning companies rarely run into issues when planning an event because that’s their sole responsibility. However, when internally planning an event for your company or organization, it’s easy to run into some problems.
I learned this the hard way after only a week at my internship. Majority of the planning process was complete by the time I started, but I was happy to jump in with last minute additions as well as work the event itself. The idea seemed simple enough – an adult Easter egg hunt! Execution was a different story. Marketing materials advertised an “Easter egg hunt and mimosa bar” in the hopes that our mainly adult audience would understand the age range for the event. Unfortunately that was not the case.
The day of the event we had over 150 people in attendance, five times the attendees from the previous year – great! But the mixture of kids and adults was not so great. Complaints came from both ends – too many aggressive adults upsetting the kids or too many kids at an adult event. It was clear we were not going to be able to please everyone.
After working out all the kinks and doing our best to appease the complaints, we decided to just go with it. Considering I’m a natural “people-pleaser,” this was hard for me to do. But in any situation it’s important to understand that things don’t always go as planned. If we can remember this as we’re advancing in our internships, jobs, relationships, and everything else, it will be easier to accept and welcome change. After all, we all know that it’s impossible to please everyone.