What’s your most memorable job been?
Has it been memorable because you hated it or because you loved it?
Over the years I have had some pretty interesting jobs and got to work with tremendous people. People who I would never have been able to come into contact with had it not been for some obscure demand from a client or some desperate to impress the boss, new graduate who thought up the wackiest idea ever to get attention.
Usually managed to get the wrong sort of attention as wacky ideas tend to be a logistical nightmare. Just saying!
Anyhoo, the other day I was asked what my favourite job was? The asker probably assuming I would say that working for Nintendo and all their cool games was my fav, or perhaps running events with Alcohol brands?
Nope. These were cool jobs and I learned a lot and had a crazy amount of fun, but my favourite stands alone!
I remember the phone-call…
Hi, Clare, we’ve had a last minute cancellation and wondered if you could step in?
Sure, what’s it for?
It’s for blood donation. (a subject I happen to feel passionate about, so they had me!)
Cool, I’ll do it. Send over the details.
I was dressed as a blood drop. It wasn’t glamourous. But it was incredible fun. I was there to have my photograph taken with delegates of a blood technology conference. So not blood donation at all.
The opening evening had a ceilidh, I was the main attraction and danced about as a crazy blood-drop. The following days I turned up and people came over to get their pictures taken with me. My minder took me around the conference and got to have pictures with scientists and developers and engineers.
At the end of the conference week I got a thank you card from the team and we took pictures of us all together. (I’m in red at the back)
That one idea, which was quite a simple one, turned a run-of-the-mill meeting of scientists at seminars into a memorable and enjoyable few days. It also made Roche stand out amongst the crowds of other exhibitors as everyone knew they were there and where to find them. Clever huh!
So next time you are planning an event or a seminar or even a meeting, think about how you can make it memorable and engaging. Be approachable and people will come to you and feel their time is appreciated. It doesn’t need to be a costume character, take photos as you go around, thank the attendees for coming, put on a speaker, ask for opinions. Make it your own and people will come back!
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