Year 8 of 24 – it was 1995 and I was quickly becoming the “Picnic Queen of Vancouver”. Our Corporate Picnics were such fun and so well organized. At the height of our Picnic season, we were coordinating 50 – 60 Company Picnics per year. Sadly today with such a poor economy, we coordinate less than a dozen.
Year 7 of 24 – In 1994 we coordinated one of the top five events of my entire 24 year career. This production changed the way I looked at event coordination. I learnt a secret to events that have a lasting impact.
1993 – Year 6 of 24 – Balloons, Team Building, and Taking on a Coffee Giant - This was the most exciting year for me since the birth of my event company in 1988. We were busy planning company picnics and Christmas parties, and our client database was growing. But what made it truly exciting was another “Bright Idea” that became a very successful venture. More on that in a bit. We coordinated all sorts of corporate picnics, themed barbecues and team building events that summer.
Year 5 of 24 – I was definitely on a promotional roll in 1992. Business was picking up! I promoted Bright Ideas Events continuously at the various networking breakfasts and association meetings in Vancouver. I was quickly learning the power of building relationships to generate business.
Going into 1991 I felt good. I had successfully produced a large scale complicated event for Microsoft and had confidence galore! Now I needed to get the word out about Bright Ideas. I needed more customers.
1990 – Year 3 of 24. I truly believed that Bright Ideas was going to be all right; that the company would be successful. I don’t know why I believed that, but I did. My family and friends were not so confident, probably because they didn’t have the same dream and vision I did. By now I had discovered my career goal. I wanted to be a Corporate Event Planner.
1989 – Year 2 of 24. This was a tough year. For me, my partner, and Bright Ideas. The ups and downs of our new event planning company were insane. The difficulties we had experienced in our first year of business were nothing compared to what we were going through now.
Welcome to the first blog entry in my life! When I thought about using this space to share my event planning thoughts, tips, ideas, and secrets, I thought wouldn’t it be a great idea if I explained how I got to where I am today? Believe me it’s been quite a journey, so let me start by telling you how it all started 24 years ago.