“You should’ve done it this way.” or “This event sucks. What I would’ve done is…”
These comments sound familiar? There’s always this one guy/gal who stands in the corner of the room with a “high-and-mighty” glare, telling everyone but you about what he/she “would’ve done differently” and walks away without ever actually trying to do something.
So I almost drowned. It didn’t happen anywhere dramatic like swimming against rushing tides while competing at a triathlon., it was just me being ballsy at the deep-end of the pool.
Running as many Startup Weekends as I have, I’d like to share a few observations that’ll hopefully help organizers elevate their participants’ (and to some extent, their own) experience at their event.
I used to think that I worked well under pressure given my background in organizing events but when I started work at an IT services company as a Project Manager, I found that I apparently don’t respond too well to it especially when it comes in the form of an angry client screaming at me through the phone.
The Assistant Regional Directress of DTI Region VII reached out to me a few months back to talk about better engaging the local startup community and working together on planning government programs that more effectively assists the growth of tech startup entrepreneurs. This gave rise to the Community+ Government monthly meetup – an open discussion between grassroots tech and startup community leaders and their government counterparts on how to better work together to further enrich our local tech startup ecosystem.
In the last few months, I’ve been experimenting with various event formats to see if I can keep the monthly meetups I run consistent and interesting for participants. I’m writing this blogpost to share to you what I’ve learned and hopefully help you feel less intimidated by regularly organizing community events.
Becoming aware of my workaholic tendencies really took some time. I’ve always considered myself to be someone industrious and that it was a trait to be proud of; but one day two years ago when I came home from work, I immediately took a bath and headed to bed exhausted and just before I dozed of to sleep I heard my sister say “yeesh” as if she was scared of what she was seeing, did I realize that I needed to slow down. This blogpost was requested by one of my ko-fi donors and is something I’m excited to finally start writing about.
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