Lesson of the day – always follow up! This may sound arrogant, but I am going to thank myself here for being on top of what almost turned into a really bad weekend.
Thank you ME!
COFR was not my dream child, it was just by chance that I ended up running most of the operations that go into it. Today, not such a good one in that position. We will be attending the International Motorcycle Show this weekend and are extremely excited about it.
Explaining what actually goes on during event preparation is beyond anything I can do right now – because the briefcase I am carrying, is filled with documents, to-do lists and not to do lists. Daily there are things that need to be done constantly, the reason I do this is because of the need for a charity like this – after paying rent for our latest recipient and being able to give him and his family good news…that’s why. Talking with our recipients and hearing the thankfulness in their voice makes me push on.
Some days those tears just want to fly…today, I cried.
Follow up is essential, always…always, always….today I ran through my email files, my file folders, and was confirming all the things that need confirming, well, confirmed we were not! We are not on the exhibitor list, we are not on the floor plan, we are not even in their records. THANK god I keep good records is all I have to say.
We have a wonderful company donating a Trade Show Exhibit Booth – Thank You Tradetec – You guys Rock – and we have hours of meetings behind us, we have all sorts of schwag to pass out..but we don’t have EXHIBIT SPACE.
Like HELL ! WE WILL BE THERE! Crisis has been handled – some folks out there know me, some only know part of me, some think they know me, but when I believe in something, I take everything to heart, I want the best for this charity and will bust my proverbial nuts to get it! Some take advantage of that kindness, and some don’t listen only because I am a woman. But when push comes to shove, I will get it done – no matter the circumstances, no matter the time it takes.
There is a great team of volunteers that back this charity, there are also people out there that don’t understand this charity and don’t understand the time and the hours that goes into it. They do not understand the fact that we solely function on the generosity of others, and they don’t understand the hard work that has gone into the name of this charity. They don’t get the fact that hours and hours of work no matter how tired you are, things still need to get done.
That is how it happens, that is how you achieve your goals and as we set our goals higher, there will be more planning, more checks and balances than ever before as we grow – I went into total panic mode and cried for a moment but in the Susie way – I made it through!
So, I thank myself that I didn’t send Joe into the convention center to set up and to receive a call that said…”wth WOMAN” !