Do Not Disturb Until 2016

/Do Not Disturb Until 2016

Do Not Disturb Until 2016

In the event business, we are up before the break of day and on the show floor early, reviewing room sets, checking for recycling stations, and ensuring local food is being thoughtfully prepared before people arrive.   Thousands of steps each day are required keep the participant’s experience a productive one.  Our day doesn’t end until the last meal is eaten, sign is removed or badge is recycled.  Event professionals work long hours and are the first ones to arrive and the last to leave.

So when I see a “Do Not Disturb” sign swinging from the back of my hotel room door, I laugh at the cruel joke hotel management is playing on me. Unless the housekeeping crew is stopping by after 11:00 pm or cleaning before 6:00 am, it really isn’t necessary.  Each morning as I head down the hall to work, I pass door after door of sleeping guests whose signs tell everyone they are going to take it easy until further notice.

One night upon returning to my room after a difficult stage setup lasting hours longer than planned, I decided it best to leave a wake-up call.  I dialed the hotel operator and asked to be woken at 5:00 am.  The operator in a very sarcastic voice said, “Why don’t you just stay on the line for another few minutes so I don’t have to call you back.  You do know it is 4:30, right?”  Sadly, I didn’t.

Our team at MeetGreen rarely complains about the crazy hours or miles on their feet, it comes with the territory.  Yet, on those few quiet days between the busy fall and a jam-packed January, I would be willing to bet, that each of us will smile with glee when we can open our door, hang out the “Do Not Disturb” sign and relax uninterrupted.

By |2017-12-21T22:10:50+00:00December 29th, 2015|Blog, Campfire Story|0 Comments

About the Author:

Nancy J. Zavada, CMP, Founder and President, MeetGreen, is internationally recognized as a trailblazer in the sustainable event field. She founded MeetGreen in 1994. Nancy’s extensive work with scientific and academic organizations earned her an impeccable reputation for producing successful meetings throughout the world. A decade later, Nancy co-founded the Green Meeting Industry Council. Named one of the “Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry” and one of 22 "Meetings Trendsetters", she currently is on the Events Industry Council Sustainability Committee which oversees sustainable initiatives for 23 event industry organizations. Nancy recently co-authored Meet Better, 167 Easy Ways to Make Your Events More Environmentally and Socially Responsible.

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