3. Think ahead
▪ Prepare, don’t panic. “Something will go wrong. If you know and accept this, it won’t be such a big deal,” says Nathan Smith. He told us about the binder he brings to all of his events. Inside the binder, he keeps all the documentation he could possibly need: permits, applications, attendee lists, and more. If an issue arises, he has the answer in a sheet protector.
▪ Always have backup. Michelle Connors, Public Programs Events Coordinator at Morris Arboretum
, organizes Friday Night Lights, a holiday garden railway. While Michelle is organized, she knows that some things are out of her hands—like the weather. “Have backup plans for variables you can’t control,” she told us. “And then just have fun!” We like that second tip, too.