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You know that point when an event has gone off without a hitch and you’re just about to pat yourself on the back? At this point you might hold your breath waiting for someone to say something negative about the event and hoping that you didn’t miss anything. You might start imagining all the things you might have missed, and you frantically start going through your mental checklist just to make sure nothing was overlooked. And then it happens. A guest approaches you and says “Everything was great…” and then it comes, “BUT.. my potato was too big.”
You take a second to process this, wondering if this guest is joking. You realize the guest is indeed serious and seems to be concerned that everyone’s potatoes were too big. You think to yourself “then don’t eat the whole potato” and “most people don’t complain about too much food…”.
Finally, you have a moment of realization: this is the “Goldilocks syndrome”. In the event industry, there are often individuals who feel it necessary to complain based on their personal preference of how the event should run. Try not to take this personally. Eventually, we all realize that no matter how great an event is, someone’s potato will always be too big.
Amusing aside: Let’s hope our Goldilocks guest never meets this potato: 18 Foot Fork gets Visit from 16 Ton Potato
Thank you for visiting our brand new blog! You may be curious about the name “My Potato is Too Big!”. This name comes from an anecdote that gave us the inspiration to create this blog (posted later). As event planners, you can probably imagine that we encounter many interesting people. Sometimes we even run into situations that are just downright amusing. As a team we realized that collectively we have quite a few stories that we wanted to share. These situations are usually also learning opportunities thus bringing an educational aspect to the blog.
Additionally we have added a collection of photos from recent events and case studies for you to browse through and get an idea of the types of events that we manage.
Please read, comment, or even add your own stories. Enjoy and remember to check back often!
The Team at Currie Communications Ltd.
At a recent event, one of our staff had the unfortunate incident of being stuck with a pen that no longer worked at a critical moment. Earlier there had been a frenzy when the rest of the team scavenged all available pens, thus the shortage. As this happened to be a gel pen, it was thought that wetting the tip of the pen might help the ink to flow again or would dislodge anything clogging the end. As no water was handy, this was done by placing the pen in the mouth. It was at this moment the pen decided to empty like a squid, leaving our poor staff member with a mouthful of black ink. This was not a opportune time to run to the washroom, and no tissues were to be had. Drastic measures had to be taken, short of swallowing the ink that is. We desperately looked around and luckily we noticed we had a black napkin laying on a table…black ink does not show on a black napkin. The problem was resolved quickly, discreetly, and the show went on. The napkin on the other hand was thrown in the garbage and added to our own bill.
The lesson to be learned here would primarily be to hoard more than one pen for yourself, or just use a pencil.