‘Why don’t you give Community Members fixed positions at each event?’
Again we come to experience. We once attended an event and discovered we had been moved from an original place. Now, there was no problem with being moved. The difficulty for us was that we were moved because of an exhibitor, informing the organiser we had bad ‘vibes’.Sure enough, we were put in the naughty corner, and all concerned believed we did not know of the situation.
It should be noted, in all of the years we stood at shows, only twice did we ask to be moved. The first reason was there was no electricity and lighting is essential to retail. The customers must be able to see the products, not to enhance the appearance, the rooms are sometimes, dark and lighting overcome this issue. The second was we had been criticised for a new venture, and Liz knew full well our proximity would cause the individual some embarrassment. From our point of view, we could not give a fig, although we decided a move in this instance would be the best choice to take.
I digress, the individual who questioned our ‘vibes’ and asked for us to be moved, demonstrated a weakness of character. As did the person who moved us, we had supported the event for some time, and with due consideration, I feel our loyalty had been ignored. The situation guided me to question aspects of the ethics of the demand. There is no doubt in my mind the request had guided my thinking towards an important facet of the events.
Liz and I had talked about organising events for some years before we opened the doors at Market Rasen. It is possible we had assembled the basic ideas of the formula in the years before we announced the first show. Idea’s we discussed varied: community, a ‘flow’ of attendees, floor plans and genre limits, and these aspects are still in many of the conversations we have about the shows.
From the outset, we felt the fairest way to set out the event floor area was not to have ‘fixed’ or ‘regular’ places for our Community. We believe once the precept is established, there is no room for argument. In fact, there can be no room for disagreement when there is nothing to seed a dispute. It is my contention; we find our level by the effort of our endeavours. When working within environments with rules which are sensible and defined, we can concentrate on our personal objectives because there is no possibility of alternatives.
Returning to the floor plan of events we attended, Liz and I had no interest where we were placed, although it is fair to write, we usually ended up in the same location. Either way, it made no difference, we were there to serve our customers, and for the duration of the event, we stayed with the stall. Yep, the feet were tired, brains dulled, voices hoarse and bodies weary. However, overheads covered and profit made, the effort always rewarded, One thing is sure the visitors always found our location.
The point is, it does not matter where we are placed. If the smile and dialogue are there, the visitor will follow. Of course, there will be many who remember I used to interpret the Luscher Colour Cards at events. It is fair to say I enjoyed a fair amount of success over nearly two decades of being a reader. I’m still asked why I no longer read the answer is this: Over the years, I interpreted the cards of thousands of visitors, one day it dawned on me, there was nothing left to give. I sat at a show and all day long I spoke to people who were old clients. On the way home I said to Liz: ‘That’s it, Lizzy, I have decided to stop reading.’ The point I am making here is this; I think we have to accept, after nearly twenty years of working as a reader there is a need to accept the situation that, we run out of new clients. And this is the reason we consider the first booked, first to stand system and limiting stand numbers will work to our communities advantage. Visitors will see fresh faces and return to evolving and changing shows. There is no feeling of losing a place or favoritism, all is fair and transparent.
Of course, there will be people who disagree. Opposing ideas and views are welcome, please feel free to contribute to the LizianEvents News. Is constant change beneficial? Does loyalty matter? Do rules restrict or ease the smooth running of a project? Can we exhaust our potentials? I will be writing about the word ‘spiritual’ tomorrow.