EMA Wrap-up: Reaping the rewards of a fantastic event
My last two days at the Elite Meetings Alliance at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs were hectic, to say the least. I’ve been told that event planning is the fifth most stressful job, and I completely believe that now. So why do people do it? Why endure the long days, the endless phone calls, the sleep deprivation, the complaints, the blister-covered feet, and the time away from family? Short answer: It’s fun.
It’s not fun every day, all day — no job is. But as the EMA concluded and I saw so many attendees approach our planners to thank them, hug them, and say what a great time they had, I knew that it was worth it.
We also had the opportunity to participate in two volunteer activities. First, after a few laugh-inducing games, we worked on teams to assemble hygiene kits for Clean the World, a foundation that distributes recycled soap and other products to homeless shelters and relief organizations.
On our last day, we took an hour to try our hands at flower arranging, and then we delivered the finish products to two local assisted living facilities. We were told that more than 80 percent of the residents don’t get any visitors, so seeing their faces as we entered with our arrangements and hearing their appreciation was more rewarding and humbling than any of us could have imagined.
Between the networking, learning, laughing, partying, and giving back, we found fast friends in the great planners and hoteliers we met. That’s truly the power of live events, and what makes planning them worthwhile — human connection.
Thank you to everyone who helped make my first EMA amazing!