Just Breathe

We recently hosted a Spring What to Wear Fashion show for our retail client, Mockingbird Station. The event featured models showing-off the latest threads from Station retailers, notorious fashion-forward gals and guys commenting on all the looks, plus fabulous prizes giveaways and even free bites and drinks.

Sounds like a blast right?

Would you believe that even with all the preparation, all the detail management and coordination, we weren’t even stressed out?

Of course you wouldn’t.

From the gusty winds that blew over one of our palm trees and a majority of our large flower arrangements, to the bar table that was supposed to be another two feet higher and the cocktails served without our mini umbrellas, we were stressed. We waited with bated breath, clenched teeth and fabulous stilettoes, for the unfixable to happen.

But, when it was all said and done, the last model left the runway and people began leaving the show, Laura (our lovely boss) walked up, eyes shining and said “They loved it!” They being the Mockingbird Station property and asset management team. Suddenly all the stress and tension that had built up was released.

I could finally breathe: our client was pleased with our hard work.

As I went home that night, an hour after the event ended, after all the trash was cleaned up and rentals put away, I smiled.

They loved it.

Even though everything didn’t go perfectly in my mind, what mattered was I never let anyone see anything other than a smile. One of the most important skills to master in public relations and event planning is the art of grace under pressure.

We have to take a breath and remember that just because we tend to be detail oriented, anal retentive freaks (in fabulous stilettoes), doesn’t mean we have to show it. The take away here folks? When an aspect of your event doesn’t go perfectly according to plan, the best thing you can do is stay calm.

Just breathe. If you plan well and maintain a positive outlook on those unexpected hurdles that come at you like tornados, you’ll pull it off.

But if it’s an actual tornado, forget all of this and run. Seriously. This is Texas people.

That’s all for now!

--by Kati Taylor