“His name is Dalton”. This quote came from the movie Road House. Contrary to what others may say about Swayze’s movies, this was one of his best. Yes, it could be a guy thing. This movie is a classic in my eyes. Maybe I am showing my age, because I remember the movie. I am a bit partial because the main character had boundaries that he operated in.
Dalton, played by the missed Patrick Swayze, was a cooler (head of bouncers) in a bar in a small town. Dalton was an excellent cooler! He was so good at what he did; he was sought out for his skills. When he was sought out by the bar owner, Dalton set the rules with the owner, upfront! He wouldn’t do it, if his terms weren’t met. The owner could take it or leave it.
When the owner accepted, he then came to the bar and set the rules with the staff. He sets the rules up front. They are simple, but clear.
1. Never underestimate your opponent, expect the unexpected.
2. Never start a fight in the bar, take it outside.
3. Be nice. Simple but clear.
As always on these blog posts, I say all of this to make a point about corporate event planning. When you begin working with your vendors, you need to clearly set out your standards. You can make it easier on yourself and them if you give them the expectations up front. As an event planner, do you have expectations of your vendors? When your staff comes to work for you, what expectations do you layout to them?
Like the Road House example above, they don’t have to be long manuals. Dalton didn’t give his bouncers a manual and a pep talk about 6 sigma. He gave them three simple rules.
What if the vendor says no? Like the bar owner in Roadhouse, they can take it or leave it. Everyone is not going to be a part of your vision. It wouldn’t make since if they were. How can everyone fit? That’s like saying everyone is cut out to be an event planner. Everyone isn’t willing to do the long hours, attention to details, etc. You must be built for this! The same goes for your vendors. They have to fit.
What rules are you laying out to your vendors and team? Is everyone clear on your expectations?