Just got back from a two-day trip to Cebu where we organized a seminar at one of the universities. In the midst of office chaos once again, with the morning deluge of newspaper clippings, sounds of people yelling, coffee maker brewing, faxes sending. At this moment, I am suffering from a slight headache caused by a combination of late nights, a few beers, stress and post-adrenaline rush syndrome that accompanied the stress. Whew. Two seminars down, four to go. We will be off to Bacolod and Dumaguete the weekend after next to hold the next two seminars. In the meantime, well, I’m nursing a slight headache, after a couple days spent running around worrying about organization and details (not my strong points). Just some examples of the bloopers that various members of the team committed in the midst of all the running around (Note: I’m biased, so only one of the following bloopers was committed by me. I’m not telling which one, though. Never mind my other bloopers, you really don’t need to know)
- Got on the wrong plane and had to get off again (like, who cares to remember flight numbers anyway? The plane was going to Cebu after all, except that the luggage was on the other plane, which was delayed and left an hour later).
- Fell asleep on the plane slumped against the arm of the young male celebrity we hired to host the affair. Said blunder was committed because the arm was mistaken for a headrest. She fell asleep going, wow, ang lambot ng headrest. Duh.
- The plaque of appreciation was handed to the host school representative still encased in bubble wrap. Great photo-op. (One cardinal rule of event management: pay attention to details. Which, in that case, we obviously did not)
- Almost lost peach girlie wallet containing all the receipts and cash for the entire trip. Loss would have been equivalent to almost a month’s worth of salary. Said wallet, which was carelessly left lying around on top of the secretariat table, was fortunately found by another teammate. Whew.
- Still another teammate had the presence of mind to take photos of the press con venue while everything was still being set up, but forgot all about photos during the press con itself. The resulting photo documentation was a couple of photos of an empty function room strewn with banners with the client’s brand.
Still, it’s not all bloopers. At the end of the day, really, the good outweighed the bad. The audience was super involved and participating in the program. They obviously had a great time, and even our clients (two foreigners – one American and one Chinese trying to be inconspicuous in the back row among the other students) were grinning from ear to ear as the program went along.
After the event, we were tired but relieved, and, well, sort of pleased with ourselves. After this, the next seminars can only get easier and easier. There’ll be more time to relax, and, hopefully, explore the local scene. On the flight back, we could afford to finally just goof around (there’s something about a plane with only 25 people that really tempts one to make a lot of noise):
All happy faces, as opposed to stress during the event itself. Note my tense, slightly unhappy posture:
And oh, food note: I made it a point to drag the others to eat at Casa Verde, where we had the house specialty of baby back ribs (huge baby back ribs actually) and mashed potatoes. Yummy. No photos here, though. I only had my phone camera, which sucks, and anyway, somehow a huge rack of ribs doesn’t really photograph well. Yummy though, have I mentioned it was yummy?
Can’t wait for the next trip. 🙂