The 2019 elections have come and gone. However, the results are not currently my concern, but rather the way Electoral Commission (EC) tripped over very foreseeable obstacles this year.
Netflorist floundered on Valentine’s day and the EC overlooked some details for this year’s election. For both of these cases, one is left scratching one’s head. On the one hand, they had surely known that the big day was coming and had ample time to prepare, on the other, every slip up is a crisis if something does go wrong.
There are many events, days as important as these and you would do well to be properly prepared.
How do you start if you have 5 years to prepare and only 1 day to get it right?
Interview with all the key stakeholders of the previous event or perhaps others who have successfully conducted something similar before. Their experience could be valuable knowledge if you happen to ask the right questions.
Delve into every detail and chart out the plans. When should the flowers be prepared? When are we expecting the orders? What happens in case of a ballot shortage? How long should people wait?
Here, I suggest we take a note from Broadway. Every opening night is a grand event, planned months in advance and nothing is left up to chance. That is why every role has an understudy.
You should do the same for your big day. What if your district manager falls ill? What if it rains? What if five employees are late, or ten?
Make a list of all possible problematic situations and consider solutions beforehand.
Finally, on the day, something is bound to go wrong. Get to bed early and be ready for anything. This is your battlefield. This is where you prove your mettle. This is your big day!