Recently, my family and I visited a local restaurant that happened to be hosting a private event. We were made aware of the event the day prior when making our booking and were thus speedily eating and planning to leave as timeously as humanly possible. As time went on, the flamboyant and vocally extravagant “event guests” slowly trickled in.
Soon after, we were very (in my opinion anyway), tactlessly approached by one of the event organisers (or possibly organisation owner) who bluntly plonked their two brochures on our table, exclaiming the “reason” as to why we (and the other few remaining tables) were being “kicked out”.
If I am honest, all I heard was…
“Hi… my name is “money” and because I have copious amounts of money and very little else to do with my time, I am organising this event for “money” and therefore you need to leave, because you are interrupting my “money” flow…”
Somehow, the introduction of “why we were being kicked out “dulled anything positive at all, that she might have had to say about the “charity” itself which was being launched… for which the result was, me, leaving their brochures untouched on the table as we left.
I suppose, in some way, hoping that this might make a thought provoking statement – yet, I somehow doubt so. (Me, myself and I syndrome is very real you know!)
This entire incident would most likely not have bugged me half as much if it had not been for the fact that the organisation promoting itself was supposedly “charity driven”.
How about… you approach the tables of already seated patrons (who most likely frequent the establishment) and introduce yourself, apologising for the fact that you are disrupting their weekly unwinding “lets kick the ball, relax and have something to eat” afternoon routine with their kids and explain to them who you are and why you are there doing what you are doing…most likely guaranteeing a better result than the prior. Especially considering that us “general public” are your future clientele.
Lesson: Don’t approach people like a self-absorbed, money hungry prat! – Especially when at the head of a charity organisation. If you can’t even handle a few patrons overlapping with the first five minutes of your “private event” then in my opinion your launch focus is faux and you are definitely not built for the charity sector.
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