A Meeting Planner’s Best Defense Against Stress

Meeting planners, we know that you love what you do. You revealed your true feelings in Convention South’s 2010 Meeting Trends in the South report – 77% of you expressed satisfaction with your current position as a meeting planner, and 82% of you have not considered changing professions. And why should you? According to a recent US News & World report, you’ve chosen one of the best careers for 2011!

But the Convention South report also exposed a trend you’ve probably experienced yourself – meeting planners’ stress levels are on the rise. In 2010, your workload increased 65% over the previous year, and 57% of planners reported elevated levels of work-related stress.

An occupational hazard?

Maybe. But there are many ways to reduce your workday stress and find more balance. You can start by reading this Vitorix.com article, written by planning professional Richard Brody: Stress Relief for Event Planners.  A few keywords every planner must live by: contingency plan, delegate, prioritize, timeout.

While you’re busy making sure everyone else is happy, don’t forget self-care. Healthy daily practices include fresh air breaks; stretching, exercise and brisk walks; a good night’s sleep; deep breaths and meditation; task-chunking; and setting times to check email.

Channel your Inner “Happiness Fairy”

The greatest stress-busting activity is so simple, but it’s often overlooked. It feels great, is good for you, takes just seconds and is contagious to boot: laughter. Take a minute to watch a funny video, share a funny story, and don’t take yourself so darn seriously. How often have you thought “some day I’ll laugh about this” during a challenging time? Why not start today – there’ s humor everywhere!

Case in point: The Happiness Fairy. I found this event manager’s inspiring story on the Delivering Happiness website. Read Alexandra Auera’s story and find out how she used a simple golf cart, silver garland, pink wings and big pink tiara to beat stress, while delivering smiles and happiness to her team and conference attendees. It’s guaranteed to make you smile!

What? You haven’t read Delivering Happiness, the best-selling book by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh? Check out Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Read this Book. My favorite is Reason #2: You want to find inspiration and happiness in work and in life. Seriously, who doesn’t want that ?

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12 Simple Steps to Conquering Email Overload

Meeting Planners Cope with Rising Workplace Stress

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