Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off, Start All Over Again

I was in a beautiful city ready to start an event we had been planning for months. The client was happy; I was happy.

And then I got the call, “We’re sorry, but the helicopters can’t fly tonight. It’s too cloudy. The fleet is grounded.” With those words, I was knocked off my Event Producing feet. Two hours before our event, I had to pick myself up and begin the task of reworking our show and implementing something equally as entertaining.

It can be very easy to fall in the event industry – in the blink of an eye, a building can flood or a featured entertainer can cancel. A bank robbery in progress can shut down an entire city block, causing a mandatory evacuation of your hotel and changing the scope of your event. In all of these instances, we’re temporarily knocked down.

As in most challenges in life, the true test is how you rise from that fall. Our task is not to focus on the blow to our event, but to focus on the safety of our attendees and how to rebound to an event that can be as good as or better than the one previously planned.

The helicopters would have been amazing flying through the night sky, but I guarantee that our guests did not miss them. They were thoroughly entertained by the other things lined up for them that evening, and my client and I toasted a successful (and fun!) event.

When I was younger, I was a huge fan of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, especially of their work together in the movie “Swing Time.” In one song that is forever engrained in my memory, they sing, “Nothing’s impossible I have found, for when my chin is on the ground, I pick myself up, dust myself off, start all over again.”

I hope you’ll find this video as inspiring as I did, along with the idea that no matter our profession, the true work ethic and character of a person is best seen after a fall.