2020-11-25

International women’s day celebration to Umbilical Connections..

Being in IT for 12+ years, participating in every activity held or organizing events for colleagues made me realize that managing events makes me happy. To take it to next level I seeked advises from 100s of known, few unknown and few who had done the same before. On thought over for 7 years finally I felt that it has to start and perhaps the early the better it is. How to Register an event company is going to be another blog, but here I m putting down my thoughts, my experiences while managing  my first event and  very important  “attitude of people” towards me while taking these steps!

I always wanted to begin events with something either for children or women. Considering that in mind and talking with few other like minded we thought of celebrating 8th march which is international women’s day. Initially it was something using Rangoli, but then lot of art galleries denied putting up Rangoli.

Completely demotivated, I dropped the idea thinking it is not possible. I did not think about it until I met few very respectable personalities and who are very experienced in their own businesses. They motivated me to rethink the idea. By that time February was half passed.

Rethinking got me a clearer and doable plan. The first thing I did was booked a venue. Luckily, I got a fantastic venue location wise, facility wise and perfect for the intended event. The idea was to get renowned women from different walks of life. I started calling people I knew, started asking friends for their connections and so on. Lot of them encouraged and  so many  of them cautioned. Some of them accompanied me  and some ignored.

Challenges:

Inviting people to come down for the event is toughest job. And when you are beginner it is all the more difficult. Being optimistic using all the possible ways I could invited about 100-120 people in person.


Simultaneously, I looked for sponsorer . As difficult it is to convince people to come for a program it is equally difficult to convince sponsorer to give money. Few of the people who knew me reverted. I knew that I had to invest some capital from my side so just went ahead with whatever plan I had in my mind.

What worked well!!

For talk session and performances i invited my friends who were already into communications/ counselling/NGOs and they really liked the idea. They were very excited to be part of the event. With some ads on social media and through word of mouth we did whatever we could to brand.

Execution:

finally the day arrived, and my stomach had butterflies. I could feel the anxiety.


We begin on time as we were fortunate to have guest before time.  Right from felicitation to panel discussion the sessions went well.


We had a scrumptious meal break and we started the sessions for parenting.


That was the most interactive session and then we had some emotional role plays. At the end we created a group called “umbilical connections” for creating a stroner network. Overall it was amazing time spent.

Best part:

The guest Pinal Wankhede( Dr. silver utopian pvt. Ltd, Zareen  Cheema(inspires to be astronaut), Ubhe Maushi and Laigude maushi(from NGO), Panchalli Thatte(athlete) and Indira were extremely modest and true inspiration. The presenters Bhinoy, Reena, Rajani and Ankita kept the crowd engrossed. Vinod and Suhas took memorable pictures.  Overall a decent put up.


Lessons learnt:

I felt sad for people  who said yes and did not turn up. I personally feel that we need to be a little-courteous. How difficult it is for one to drop an SMS / note? There are efforts behind a public event and it is matter of credibility “my-credibility” in front of sponsorers/chief guest.  As a friend I would never do this to any one.

Chalte Chalte:

Never mind there is always another event to make  up for. :d having said that please do not ignore me next time I walk to you thinking  I am inviting you for some event :d it would be just for  a hi..

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