If you haven’t ever planned or assisted with a fundraiser, this post isn’t for you.
Now, for all you other people who are either in the midst of a mental breakdown (2-3 days before) or are steadily working your way closer to D-Day and want to be prepared, here is how to NOT freak out while planning a fundraiser.
Rule #1: Don’t waste time having imaginative arguments with coworkers in your head. Be the bigger person.
You’re holed in your office and coworkers are being chatty, not one giving a flip you’re staying ahead of the ball and you know the time will come when they need your help.
The silence in your own office makes you angrier and you want to scream at the top of your lungs how much everyone else sucks. Well, buttercup, life isn’t fair. You’ll look like the jerk no matter how “right” you might be.
Cut the tension in the office by clearing the air, respectfully. I’ve used this line a few times, give it a try:
“We’re all working hard and we all think we’re working harder than the person next to us, but it’s untrue. We’re all working hard and we can’t turn on each other now! We’re all we’ve got!” – insert fist pump
Crack a joke, make someone smile and lead by example. Laugh through the chaos, it’ll be over eventually.
Rule #2: You can’t control everything. Put your best foot forward and keep walking.
Have you ever planned a small gathering for friends and family? I planned a baby shower, once. I remember thinking how much fun it would be to coordinate a little get-together and celebrate a new life.
My baby shower was probably different than yours though, I couldn’t account for the grandma-to-be to get pissed drunk and start wrestling guests. After two months of planning and getting everything just right, nothing could’ve prepared me for drunk grandma. Oh well, the show must go on.
Remember that, the show must go on and it will. This fundraiser has been probably going on since way before you and it’ll still go on after you.
Rule #3: If you worked hard for it to be a success, those who matter will notice.
Market the shit out of your event. Create promo videos, make engaging and informative social media posts, pump up your audience and get creatively spent each and every day leading up to the big gala.
Don’t be afraid to step it up and extend your creative brush onto another canvas.
Not everyone has a boss who can express gratitude for hard work, same goes with coworkers. You know what you did, don’t waste any energy making sure everyone else knows, just keep killing it. Good things come to those who strive for it.
And always remember, small office environment brews easily hurt feelings. Don’t get wrapped up in the now. You’ll love each other again later.
Did your grandma get pissed drunk and wrestle guests at your baby shower? What are some of your event horror stories? I want to hear them! Comment down below.