Whether it's corporate event planning or designing the perfect closing ceremony for your conference, this industry provides many exhilarating experiences. For example, travel is a great perk, offering many opportunities to discover new places and cultures.
It’s easy to feel pumped - until you return home. That's when jet lag and exhaustion often set in.
The post-event crash may seem inevitable, but it doesn't have to be. Here are 6 strategies that can reduce the risk of exhaustion and burnout.
Take action before you burn out:
- Get as much rest as possible during the final weeks of planning.
- Even if you’re an independent planner, try not to be a one-man or one-woman show. It is usually possible to hire an off-duty staff member from hotels and resorts to help with set-up, man the welcome desk and liaise with venues to handle unforeseen logistical challenges or special requests.
- Hire enough staff to handle the workload. Yes companies want to save money but this should never be done at the expense of your health.
- If possible, arrange to arrive at a foreign destination in the evening in order to get a good night's rest. Do the same thing when you return.
- To help re-set your internal clock at different time zones, get some sunlight, fresh air,and light exercise the morning after arrival.
- If set-up is going to stretch into the evening, be sure to get a nap in the afternoon.
To learn more about finding satisfaction in your job, read Event Planners: Are You Getting Enough Satisfaction? and hear what your colleagues have to say about stress and job contentment at Stressful or 'Bestful'? Planners Say Their Jobs Are: Both. And to de-stress with the right tools for meeting success, check out Cvent's Event Management Software .
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