with Nancy Spooner
Why should you hire meeting and event contractors? Mike and Nancy Spooner discuss why meeting planners and meeting organizers use event contractors and share 7 easy tips to make you a rock star of a team member on any type of event or meeting.
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7 Ways to Make It as an Event Contractor with Nancy Spooner Show – 160
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Mike: Welcome back to the Meetings Podcast this is Mike McAllen of Grass Shack Events & Media and we have on the phone a good friend, Nancy Spooner. Hi Nancy!!
Mike: Nancy is from Tempo Live Events, if the listeners don’t know, which I’m sure they all do because you’re very famous … Nancy.
Nancy: Right …
Mike: Everybody I talk to knows you in the business so that’s a good thing.
Nancy: Oh good!!
Mike: So today we’re going to talk a little bit about how to make it as an event contractor.
Mike: And you have ten ways, is that what you said?
Nancy: I have seven ways.
Mike: Seven ways. Can you come up with three more real quick? No, I’m just kidding …
Nancy: I’m sure we can …
Mike: All right, so let’s get started …
Nancy: All right. Seven ways and this is all based on stuff my dad says. My dad is a very successful welding shop owner, been married to my mom for almost fifty years. And growing up, I just started gathering all these points that he’d said, he said to me and I realized I can tell within moments of meeting a freelancer if they’ve been raised by the likes of their Spooner. Here are my seven points. Number one, my dad always says, you are five minutes early or you are late. That’s it. It’s out of respect for your colleagues, your client, your career. I have very low tolerance for tardiness so you’re five minutes early or you’re late, number one.
Number two, this really bugged me as a kid. Always do more than your share and take out the trash without being told. And I love to see that in event contractors. If you walk into production office and that trashcan is overflowing and PA hasn’t asked where can I take the trash or hasn’t addressed it, it bothers me. When I see a PA that just knows the trash is full and needs to be emptied, it’s something so small but they’re doing more than their share and they’re doing it. I know that person will make it very far in life.
Mike: Right, that’s so true because there are just little things you just need your PA to look around and things that you see, they should be seeing.
Nancy: Yeah, even as a producer always do more than your share. I would empty that trash. I’m not reliant on the PA to empty it, I’m not saying only PAs have to empty the trash but I’ve always done more than my share and I think that’s why I’ve done what I’ve done in life and why I’ve gotten places. Unless that’s a union person that has to do it, I’m not waiting for someone else to do it.
Mike: I agree. I agree.
Nancy: Nor other people that I hire —
Mike: I’ve done that myself too. I’ll be on some show and I’ll be told by my producer not to do something because I’m kind of the account person or the business owner, so you shouldn’t be doing that kind of a thing, and I will always disagree right away and say why am I different from anyone else? So I can go get coffee or do whatever I don’t care, we ‘re all the same team —
Nancy: One of my favorite visuals was X-Games in Rio and it’s raining. I’m directing the show but now I’m not doing anything because it’s raining. I look out to the road ramp and the GM of X-Games is on his hands and knees wiping the road ramp dry.
Mike: So great!!
Nancy: No kidding!! Yeah, love that man to this day. Those are the kind of leaders I like to see.
Mike: You know I was listening to a Podcast yesterday and it was the Nerdist Podcast and it was this guy, he talks to all these famous people, but he was talking to the editor of Wired magazine.
Nancy: Uh huh
Mike: And he was at the Maker Fair, if you’ve heard of Maker Fair but it’s a thing they do where people build all kinds of things, but he was building this — he’s like the editor of Wired magazine he’s like big wave there but the manager of the Maker Fair was walking by and saw that — down on his hands and knees collecting all the garbage of the floor and putting in the thing and he thought everyone in small business does everything they can. You have to do everything.
Nancy: Uh huh. You do, yeah.
Mike: Anyway, I don’t know how similar that was actually but it made me think —
Nancy: Editor pick up trash, that’s awesome and lucky. You’re not too big to pick up trash. You know what needs to be done and you’re doing it.
Nancy: And that leads me to my dad’s point number three; when you walk into a room, look around and see what needs to be done and then do it.
Nancy: Uh huh. Another classic Dale Spooner, how to make it in the business. When the whistle blows, start hammering, don’t look for your hammer.
Mike: It goes along with your being early thing too, number one —
Nancy: Yes!! You’re going to be early as least have your laptop flipped up ready to go, don’t be looking around for it and trying to find internet, just be prepared that’s all.
Mike: Right, right.
Nancy: He always said measure twice, cut once. That will save you time and money and that is huge. Think about what you’re doing, make sure everything is accurate so you only have to cut once. Measure twice, make sure it’s exactly what you want and then you cango for it.
Mike: That’s a huge one.
Nancy: Yeah, it makes me slow down and look at my project, look at it again and then go for it.
Mike: That’s the reason you can sign off some things because sometimes you really need people to look at things over and over again because you don’t want to be outside and have your measurement be —
Nancy: Yup!! And then measuring twice can be as simple as having you read the paper, have your buddy read the document before you send it in.
Mike: Right. Exactly, exactly because you don’t want to be what was that movie with the rock movie, with those guys — but they had the stage built and it was actually the bottle came out —
Nancy: Oh, yeah …
Mike: It was that movie where they had the bottle on the stage – the guys are all that’s what it’s going to look like? No no no, that’s it that’s what you got that was the order form …
Nancy: I know —
Mike: What was the name? Oh, it was “Spinal Tap”.
Nancy: Thank you, one of my husband’s favorite movies. I was going to be in trouble if I didn’t come up with that, thank you.
Mike: Anyway, it’s exciting. So measure twice, cut once —
Nancy: Yup, and now just moving on to “working half days”. My dad and I have a big joke about this one. He’s like how does half days coming along? He wants me to work half days whatever I do with the other 12 hours of the day is up to me. And you’ve got to. When you first get started in the business, even sometimes when you’re very well established in the business, you’re going to work a lot of half days and you’re just going to have to suck it up and do it. That’s going to make you successful and then the other 12 hours, you can do what you want.
Mike: Right, exactly. That’s very funny …
Nancy: I know. How does half day [00:06:59][Inaudible] when I’m working three quarters day of the day, dad??
Mike: It’s so true, it’s so true.
Nancy: Got to work a lot of half days, yup. And then hits [00:07:11][Inaudible] ten word two-letter phrases, “If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me”. You’re the only one that’s going to make this happen. You can’t rely on other people, you can’t blame other people, you got to take responsibility for who you are and what you’re doing and you can make it happen, if you follow all my dad’s seven tips of how to be successful in life, and make it as an event contractor.
Mike: I agree. I agree and even if you picked out three of these and did them 180 percent of the time, I guess that doesn’t make sense, 100 percent of your time you did it you know —
Nancy: Yeah, run in circles …
Mike: Yeah …
Nancy: Wait!! That’s 360 … whoa!!! Half a circle, oh my gosh!! We got to end this part now.
Mike: We do, we do. I think you’re right. I think if someone follows even some of these, they’ll be above and beyond —
Nancy: Successful in life, period.
Mike: Yeah, yeah. All right Nancy, thank you so much.
Nancy: Thank you!!
Mike: They were great seven tips, stuff that Dale Spooner says for every event contractor. So thank you again and I will be talking to you soon. If they want to get a hold of you, they can find you at Tempoliveevents.com and they can come to Meetings Podcast site and get all the links to you and wherever you are, your blog and everything.
Mike: All right Nancy, talk to you soon.
Nancy: See you, thanks.
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