It’s 22nd July. My countdown to a face to face event is over.
Today’s the day I head into London for my first in-person event for “goodness-knows-how-long”!
The Office Management Awards evening has been in my calendar for some time and my feelings of excitement mixed with apprehension have been steadily building.
I’m wheeling my overnight case along my local train platform. I’m masked up. I have a travel hand sanitiser dispenser in my back pocket. I’ve taken a (yay-thank-goodness-it-is-negative-although-not-sure-why-it-wouldn’t-be-anything-other-than-this-as-ive-not-been-anywhere) lateral flow test.
I’ve waved goodbye to my partner Malcolm at the station drop off point. (I’ve waved goodbye to our safe private car). I’m conscious that I’m not doing my normal excited “skip” along the platform. I’ve given myself a severe telling off at the flashback-feeling that I’m 5 years old again waving to my mummy, heading into big school for the very first day with a wobbling bottom lip and tears threatening to well up…bloody hell Lindsay (I’m good at severe self-talk folks). Get a grip. You’re an assertive nearly 50 year old professional business owner who, prior to the pandemic, headed into London almost every week proud of clients in the Shard, speaking at events at Canary Wharf, Excel, Olympia or the bank of England’s vaults…you’re now stepping into official Judge of The 2021 office Manager of the Year Award evening. You can do this. Get a grip
And that’s exactly what I do. And here I am now sharing this post with you proud that I’ve attended my first in person event in ‘goodness-knows-how-long’. I’m still smiling at the experience and I’m ready to head into that wonderful city London again next week.
Head to our Your Excellency Blog page here for my honest, practical account of my experience and my 5 essential tips to help ease you back into in-person events.
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