It won’t be alright on the night
‘I’m sure they’re very lovely people, but they just didn’t have the disposition for this. You need somebody who’s going to be confident and unafraid.’
So said Gary Natoli, stage manager of the Academy Awards about the unfortunate PwC accountants and the now infamous envelope mix-up at this year’s Oscars.
After 25 years of putting on all manner of events from black tie dinners for senior executives to pirate-themed community celebrations, human error is simply unavoidable. What matters of course is your ability to think and act on your feet.
Prior to that, it pays to get someone else to double check what you’ve done and vice versa from counting the number of chairs around a fully laid up table to looking inside that all important winner’s envelope. Whatever the event, local or global, it’s the minutia of detail that matters.
But so does the confidence and fearlessness and possibly that only comes from having managed diverse, dynamic and unpredictable events time and time again.