How to Manage Your Energy When Leading an Event

The tornado siren went off three times.

We were on day one of a family reunion, a three-day camp out at a beautiful state park in southern Alabama. My cousin, a project manager by trade, literally spent the last year planning the whole thing.

We had a special awning set up to provide shade, tons of good food, a rented speed boat AND bass boat, 100 years’ worth of family photos, a Saint Bernard…

…and now, a tropical storm and a tornado warning.

So while everyone headed to the campground bath house or other shelter, I couldn’t help but think about this week’s blog post.

I made today’s video for you right before heading to that reunion. And although this wasn’t a business event – the planning that went into it, and the energy it takes to manage it – was much the same.

And I’m not even talking about when little things like hurricanes, tornadoes and power outages hit. :)

Running an event – planning it, preparing for it, leading it and recovering from it – can take a ton of energy. (This is especially true if you’re naturally an introvert.) 

And if this is your business, and you’re the star of the show as well, it takes even more. 

Learning how to sustain that energy throughout the event itself is critical. If you don’t, you won’t be fully present for your clients and customers, and you won’t be able to deliver the quality experience you’ve promised they’ll have.

I’ve led hundreds of events over the past 20 years. Conferences. Workshops. Presentations. Adventures. You name it. And in this brief video, I’ll share with you five key survival tips I’ve learned through it all that have made all the difference for me.

After you watch the video, let me know what you think.

Have you used events in your own business? If so, what’s your favorite tip for getting through with your energy intact?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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