Planning an event may seem sexy and glamorous, if you’ve been around pop culture over the past decade there are plenty of celebrity event planners turned celebrities themselves that have made it look like nothing less than glamorous and a walk in the park.
And let’s face it, most attendees only see the payoff, they see the months (and oftentimes 12 months or more) of hard work come together to make one, or several, magical events take place. They get the experience — they don’t see the 10 p.m. painting of vases, the 5 a.m. wake-up calls or the countless curveballs thrown by clients and attendees all carefully managed by a good event team without not so much of a clue or misstep being known to the attendees.
Over the years, our team has learned the ins and outs of self-care during events. Prior to big events, we focus on to-do lists, minimal late nights and being flexible, all forms of self-care we embrace to prepare us for an event. However, when you are in the thick of an event self-care can be the last thing on your to-do list, although we would argue one of the most important.
Here are a few ways the North ladies practice self-care during even the busiest of events.
Take Turns. We are lucky enough to have a team of reliable event managers. We often take turns during long or large events managing smaller pieces. One person may be put in charge of dealing with vendors, another making sure attendees (and our awesome CEOs) are taken care of, and another in charge of the door or front of house operations. If you have the ability to delegate responsibilities to each of your team members, you will all be much better off.
Wake Up Early. You may not be an early bird in real life, but waking up an hour before the time you need to be at a morning event will not only put you in the right headspace but also give you time to get ready and gather up the countless binders and supplies you need for the day.
Eat and Drink. This is one our team learned the hard way, now we need an entire caravan just for our event snack and coffee supply. Always, always, always have snacks on hand and plenty of easily accessible water!
Soak your Digits. Being on your feet all day is taxing. If your room has a bathtub, fill it up with some warm water, add some Epsom salts and soak those digits! Heck, give your feet a little massage if you are up to it. Day 2 will thank you for taking the time to care for your feet.
Go to Bed Early. And by ‘early’ we just mean as early as you can. This is not the time for a Netflix binge or a 2 a.m. Instagram scrolling session. Go to bed!
Put just these few priorities first during your event and we promise you, you will leave feeling exhausted but well cared for and knowing you put your best foot forward.
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