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Second best ain't bad~ 
23rd-Sep-2009 11:18 pm
shoot me : charliemc
So, events industry awards day . . . Jeff was text-messaging me from Indianapolis during our City recap meeting with the bureaus. (Yeah, it's rude, but whatever.) My cell phone died, so I had to borrow Kristen's phone, which is falling apart. I had to text Jeff to send stuff to her phone, and her mailbox was almost full.

Comedy of errors.

I had this fantasy of how he would text me the news that the parade I manage was the best event in the world, and I would announce it at the meeting to the cops and transporation and parks people.

(I believe in visualizing success, and it often works.)

Anyway, the parade got the silver award for best even within a festival. And while I know that's really great, it's hard to take. Why, you might ask. Well, we could have really marketed the 'best event in the world' bit. It would have been good for two or three years.

Not to mention I would have loved it.

I can't see us putting 'second best event in the world' on anything.

Anyway, we did very well overall, winning 17 awards out of 22 entries (our best margin ever). I figured 15 would be a big success, so it's definitely a good result. We won gold and bronze for best promotion (on two of my favorite projects this year), golds for best news stunt, best new event, best event to benefit a charity, and three golds in the sponsor category (including best overall sponsorship program for the second year in a row). Living History won a bronze award for the third straight year, which surprised me, as I thought it was getting a little tired. Charlie's eNewsletter definitely deserved an award for the second year. Last year she won gold; this year silver. And second best ain't bad, like I said.

Still . . .

(And, yes, I know this is obnoxious, in the same vein as all those Olympians who whine over winning anything but gold, but I'm just being honest. When it comes to special events, I'm a fierce competitor.)

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24th-Sep-2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm with you. We got tons of awards -- especially considering how few categories we entered this year!

And so many festivals and events don't win ANYTHING at all.

But I wanted GOLD for the Best Event in a Festival -- and for our eNewsletter. Not Silver. So I was disappointed, even though I should be delighted and proud. (And thanks again for letting me help with a bunch of the entries, because it was exciting to be part of some other things aside from the two things that I have hands-on with...)

I just kept thinking, "But my eNewsletter was BETTER than last year, by far! I know more about what I'm doing now -- and I designed better layouts and better header banners this year." Which is stupid, knowing that it's a whole different group of judges with entirely different ideas of good and bad. I should be jumping up and down that the eNewsletter took awards for two years straight, instead of feeling let down.

But, like you said, our own standards are very high and we're big on the competition!

I could just say, "Maybe next year," of course -- except it's unlikely I'll be doing the eNewsletter again (as we both know), so this was my last shot. (sigh)

I'm trying to remember how last year I was thinking, 'Just let me get a bronze.' But after winning Gold, that's hard...

It's stupid, but it's honest. I guess not being willing to settle for less is why we're SO DAMN GOOD at what we do. (smile)

And we ARE damn good at what we do -- awards or no!

End of story.
25th-Sep-2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Well, even if you never do another newsletter, you've certainly made your mark. (But of course you will do more . . . like the one due next weee!)
24th-Sep-2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Like I said in charlie's journal CONGRATS all around!!

How wonderful to see so many awards to such an excellent and hardworking team!!

25th-Sep-2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Thank you, dear!
24th-Sep-2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
I think you're not being obnoxious but honest and that's the way it feels when I get something into an art competition but it doesn't win anything. I know there're lots of other people who didn't even get in, but I can't help the way I feel.
25th-Sep-2009 08:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad you said that. Yes, honesty can sometimes be tough to take. But I feel like our journals are a place where we can share what we feel. I've spent enough time the last two days smiling and congratulating everyone.
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