If ever there was a defining time of both business and busyness engulfing my universe, it’s been the last week.
For me, it all began 6 months ago. I joined English Central, whose major project for the year I inherited responsibility over:
It went from being a partially begun, somewhat vaguely time-lined concept off in the far future, to gaining more and more of my focus yet still a bit in the distance, to taking over my entire focus with only a matter of weeks left. Project managing such an event is no small feat for a committee, let alone myself and my two colleagues. The details alone are mind boggling (who knew printing out name tags would be such a chore?), not to mention the more obvious larger aspects that require rationale, organization and forethought.
Conference day was Friday, November 20th – a date forever etched in my brain. Potential reasons:
a) a disaster never quite able to forget completely or b) a smashingly successful first go at organizing and holding an conference of:
- 90 attendees
- 3 international speakers & 2 local presenters
- 3 helpers
- 7 Powerpoint presentations
- 3 individual workshops with 120 handouts
- 2 sessions of alternative format
- 90 muffins and danishes
- 2 dozen Tim Horton donuts
- 172 book giveaways
- 180 conference feedback forms (paper and electronic)
and the culmination of 6 months of planning! Which do you think is the reason?
Thankfully, it was an event with some boundary-pushing sessions (at least as far as conferences in this neck of the woods go), some niche-filling aims, and one that I’m so proud of that I smile whenever I think about it! But I am glad it’s over. Bring on 2010!