What does it take to organise an event? You do not have to be a seasoned event organising expert to answer this question. Just try getting five people into a room, and you'll know that organising an event demands, more or less, grit and focus similar to that required for setting out to climb Everest.
There are a whole lot of assorted items on the checklist of any event organiser. The job demands a wide range of expertise in diverse fields—production, catering, knowledge of the hospitality industry, and so on. However, the truth is, even if organising events is not your chosen career path, the ability to organise—events big or small, your team, your day, your desk—is critical to achieving success.
When things are organised, efficiency goes up. Here are three fundamental qualities one should develop to be a good organiser.
The very word ‘organise’ is suggestive of putting together things in an orderly fashion. To be good at organising, one needs to have knowledge and understanding of the workings of various things like people, culture, and so on. The more we know, the better we will be able to put things together, that is, organise. For example, if you are in charge of organising the visit of a client from another country, knowledge of that country and culture will help you in doing the right thing(s) to impress the client. The more things we are interested in, the more interesting our personality will be.
The power to organise is severely underrated in modern times. Many nations won their freedom only because a few of its people had the ability to organise gatherings to educate one another on ways to overcome the oppressors and be liberated. The ability to organise is an integral quality for a leader. But, like everything, the ability to organise can only be perfected through much patience and practice. So, be proactive. Start organising small events—even lunch-hour events—to understand through experience the discipline of organising.
The starting point of anything good and noble is an organised mind. Unfortunately, the mind is never truly in our control. We're forever tossed on the high seas of everyday stress and pressure. Seldom do we find the time to calm our mind and organise its contents. Of course, yoga and meditation are great ways to calm the mind. But the beneficial effects of an early morning yoga session or a refreshing jog can sometimes seem inadequate to cope with the stress of the day. The only way we can get around this problem is by questioning the intentions of those things that come in the way of organising our minds.
The better organised we are, the more power we will have to organise things around us.
Read also: How to be a pro at time management.