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Tuesday Buzz: How to Keep Event Staff From Burning Out

By / Mar 15, 2016 (Tomwang112/ThinkStock)

Event season will soon be in full swing, and as every event professional knows, it can be exhausting. Just in time come these survival tips. Plus: a day in the life of a nonprofit communicator.

As the calendar becomes increasingly clogged with events, conferences, and meetings, it’s essential to take a moment and consider the well-being of those orchestrating all of these affairs. While your association preps for its next big occasion, are your event planners on the verge of exhaustion?

“Burnout is a common occurrence in many creative fields, including event planning,” Jeannie Power, cofounder of Power Event Group, writes in this Event Manager Blog post. “As planners, we run the gauntlet of stressful situations: financial decisions and their impact, long hours, difficult people, lots and lots of decisions, extreme levels of multitasking, and never-ending details.”

The concept of recognizing when to shift or just leave work, as strange as it may sound, is central to Power’s advice, because making every decision, taking on every task, is bound to lead to burnout. Thus, it’s essential to delegate.

“Sometimes, it feels like it takes more work and time just to be able to delegate tasks to someone else,” Power admits.

“I already know what I need to do, how it needs be done, and am confident I can do an awesome job at it. Why give it to someone else when I can do it better and quicker? That may sound pretty vain, but I’m sure I’m not alone in this feeling,” Powers writes, emphasizing that despite your confidence, no one person can do everything needed to plan an event.

For more advice on how to say no to new tasks when your schedule’s already full, and how to foster interests outside of work, check out her full post here.

Routine of the Day

What’s it like to be a nonprofit communications professional? That’s the question industry expert Kristina Leroux is seeking to answer in her ongoing “Day in the Life” series. And in the latest entry, Kristina Kelly, social media manager for miraclefeet, gives an hour-by-hour breakdown of how she spends her workday.

Other Good Reads

The sessions and seminars of ASAE’s 2016 Great Ideas Conference may be coming to a close, but you can still catch some of the best insights and moments via our live blog, which will continue to live here.

Regardless of whether your association has moved to the cloud, Wired writer Cade Metz’s story on how Dropbox disengaged itself from Amazon’s cloud makes for a compelling read about the organizations behind the tech.

“Most brands are still struggling to uncover the full value of social media, not just as a promotional venue but also as a powerful, two-way communications tool,” Antoinette Siu and Noreen Seebacher observe in this CMSWire post highlighting the findings of the Sprout Social Index.

Morgan Little

Morgan Little is a contributor to Associations Now. More »

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