Fatigue at events is real, and we have all experienced it.
Events and exhibitions can last all day or all night and your business and/or client requires you to be on your feet and on your best, always. This can be exhausting, and dragging yourself through the day with a constant smile on your face is challenging. Yet the best event organizers and coordinators somehow manage it. What is their secret?
Here are some tips for keeping your energy up and eyes open at your next event:
Get to know the venue
It sounds obvious, but getting to know the layout and location of things in your venue is vital for saving time and energy. A detailed blueprint imbedded in your memory isn’t necessary, just the important bits. Things like where the bathrooms, entrances, and exits are. If it is a large venue with a lot going on, make a note of where your team members are or use walkie-talkies to keep in touch. Knowing the venue will allow you to avoid running around all day, so you can concentrate on the important things.
Pick a reliable team
You can’t always run an event on your own. However, picking a team that you know you can count on is a great way to save yourself energy. A reliable team ensures you can rotate shifts, take turns manning your exhibition, and take regular breaks. If you assemble a professional team, you can feel confident the event is running smoothly even when you are not around.
If you’re not taking in food and drink throughout the day, you’ll quickly find fatigue kicking in. Likewise, only filling up on sugary snacks, energy drinks, and coffee will cause you to experience the dreaded caffeine or sugar crash.
Start the day with a good breakfast. Try something on the healthy side that slowly releases energy all day. Eat small snack-size amounts throughout the day when you can and stay hydrated. Avoid a large heavy lunch that might make you sleepy. Staying refueled combats fatigue and keeps you sharp and ready to go.
Stay on the move
If the event is busy, then this won’t be an issue obviously. However, it’s amazing how tired you can get if you’re sitting behind a table or standing in the same spot all day, so keep on the move as much as you can. Even if you have a seat behind a stand, try to resist the temptation to use it. Stay on your feet, walk around and talk to everyone. You’ll find your energy also creates a great impression.
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