Since this is my last Strategic Perspective for 2012, and we are starting the countdown for Christmas, I thought I would take a lighter approach and share my original poem “A Meeting Planner’s Christmas” with you.
I penned this poem to celebrate the many issues and variables that face today’s meeting planners and I hope you can relate to some of these scenarios.
A MEETING PLANNER’S CHRISTMAS
Another fast and furious year...gone!
Jumping from project to project, little rest
Becoming very good at multi-tasking
Putting my time management skills to the test
What I really need is a Christmas vacation
We all need a periodic change in latitude
A break from "dates, rates, space and contracts"
Is the sure way to improve my attitude
My meeting stakeholders are well...demanding
But exceeding expectations a must
Working hard to add measurable meeting value
Building relationships, earning confidence and trust
OK, now let's focus on what's truly important
That's family, good friends and holiday cheer
And no more RFP's and meeting budgets
At least until early next year
I am trying to add a little balance to my life
Post-recession, clearly "doing more with less"
And now juggling work and a growing Christmas list
Yes, very overwhelming and adding to my stress
Christmas is a time to rejoice and express love
And appreciate wonderful people, far and near
Lots of camaraderie, big hugs and kind words
A time to reach out, give back, shed a tear
So I am knee deep in meeting details and post reports
And of course, the project files are starting to mount
And I feel the potential for a migraine headache
Trying to reconcile this big fat hotel master account
There is so much to be truly grateful for
Even though the recession has not been kind
Focus on family, friends, kind hearts and happiness
Reminders all good for the body, soul and mind
Here I am trying to make all these deadlines
Always keeping a sharp eye on the clock
And trying to get into the Christmas holiday spirit
By humming along to "Jingle Bell Rock"
For me, it's been a year of many blessings
My top notch team and strategic partners, it's true
And monthly, I get to express my strategic opinions
With Vince and the Successful Meetings crew
I am on Strategic Meetings Management overload
Yes, the bar only continues to rise
But I have a meeting and event value Action Plan
Recognition of outstanding performance, the prize
And finally I would like to express
This important and heartfelt point of view
Happiness...good health...and God bless
And a very Merry Christmas to you!!
At the risk of bragging, I am darn good at what I do
Consistent peak performance takes a lot of work
So a few extra days off during the holidays
Is a very well deserved perk
I wish you all a very merry Christmas season and look for my Strategic Perspectives to resume in January!