Planning for Business...Or a Wedding?

Have you ever had to do both of these at the same time?

Granted, I don’t own the business I’m doing the planning for, but that certainly doesn’t make it any less important. I still feel the weight on my shoulders and am constantly pondering the outcome of every decision Ronii has asked my opinion on. But then, how does that really differ from planning a wedding? There are still deadlines, budgets, appointments and meetings, changing minds, slackers, and people “yessing” you.

Can you tell I’m feeling the pressure of planning a wedding? I shouldn’t even use the word plan. I’m more or less doing this frantic, scramble-y type of dance thing. I’ll decide on something and finalize it, and then feel so accomplished from this fractional bit of progress that I don’t do anything for two weeks. Then it’s back to the frantic dance when my Mom calls, asking how the groomsmen are going to get to the venue and where are the Grandparents going to stay since we can’t get a block of rooms and why aren’t you going to throw a bouquet?! Because I paid $80 for this damn bundle of flowers and I’m about to just chuck it across the room!

So, is planning for a business really any different? I mean, you sit down with a client and grill them about their pursuits: what is the personality of their business and what are their goals and who’s their audience and what’s their budget?  So they give you the answers and you begin to draw out a plan, but a day later they call you and start changing things around, and right after you hang up another client calls to see if you can meet them at the drop of a hat across town and on the way your assistant emails you saying she has writers block and didn’t write a blog this week.

I think that planning a wedding and planning for business are very similar, indeed. A lot of pressures and changing dynamics, a lot on the line, and you are constantly learning new things about yourself. But you know…its kind of fun! People are counting on your experience and best judgments to guide them into uncharted waters and there’s this rush of panic and accountability, followed by a sort of regal calm. You’ve made it this far by trusting yourself and your decisions and listening to your clients (or in my case, my mother) about their preferences and concerns, and now they are trusting you to make the right decisions for them and their company. The fact that we think its fun just tells us we’re doing it right.