Fail to plan and plan to fail; How pumpkin pie taught me a valuable lesson

What does pumpkin pie have to do with proper planning? Well here’s the story.

In my early college days, I decided I wanted to make a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. If you know me now, 19 years later, you’re wondering why on earth I would ever volunteer in the kitchen (I was young and didn’t know better is the short answer). I looked up the recipe, got all the ingredients and I was ready to make this contribution to our family meal on Thanksgiving.

My mother is amazing in the kitchen and I can taste her full Thanksgiving spread even as I write this. So for her to trust her young amateur daughter with such an important fixture at the dinner table on Thanksgiving was quite a leap for her.

The moment came after dinner when I served my pie. It was not met with the expression I was hoping for, everyone had a sour “something’s missing” look on their face. Yes, I forgot the sugar. Without hesitation my mom sprung up, ran to the freezer and said “I bought a backup just in case!” And there lies the lesson I learned it from my mother, clearly at a young age.

Proper preparation is important in all things, finances, business, health, etc. but I thought about this because September and October are heavy event planning months for our firm.

I recently had a venue cancel on us 13 days before our big client event. I never meet these challenges with panic, because I know there is always a path to the right answer, even if you take detour. I called our host venue and asked if I could add additional space because we had a scheduling issue at our original venue. Her response “Kristen you booked it months ago just in case.”

My mom may think I didn’t listen to her, but clearly I did.

Batteries die in microphones, venues cancel, speakers cancel (yes that happened this year too), but you always need to worse case a situation and have backups in place so the event goes off without a hitch. At the end of the day, the event is only as good as it is well planned. Details matter.