If you have followed my blog for a while, you know that I write (talk, preach, speak…) a lot about changing the way we have meetings and conferences today – how we have to update the formats of our events and bring them into the new millennium. Be it by designing them with experience in mind or by embracing the future of meetings…we just have to do something!
However, as today is the first day of Christmas 2018, I thought I would write a blog post about ‘if it aint broken, don’t fix it!’. Because, there are just some things you don’t mess with – like don’t add matcha tea to a perfect latte (what is it with this matcha craze??)…AND DON’T MESS WITH CHRISTMAS!
What has Christmas got to do with it?
Christmas is just one of the most traditional holidays we have got. We do the same things every year, eat the same food, listen to the same music and stress just the same. But we also love it just the same, and it has always worked for us.
But what has Christmas and traditions got to do with meetings and events? It has to do with the fact that Christmas works even if it hasn’t been substantially updated for the last century or so, so there will be meetings and events that work even if you don’t update them to reflect the future of meetings, smother them in experience elements…or dip them in matcha tea.
No country for young men
Even though I am a keen advocate for updating the meeting format we have been using for the last 30 years, I don’t see a point in changing what works. As an example, I have a group of people who meet about 6-8 times a year for 2 hours with only a 30-minute break in the middle where they have a drink. They attend the meeting to be updated within their field and they don’t want to do things differently. So why change it?
The events continue to have the same (very satisfying) number of attendees, they rate the events high on the evaluation and they don’t ask for more networking, food, interaction or anything else.
Admitted, the group consists of men of a certain age and if the group in question changes in the future, we will definitely have to update the format. But since the subject they meet around speaks mostly to grown men, the target group will probably continue to be the same for years to come.
Keep what works, eliminate what doesn’t
I am not saying that we should not update the way we meet. On the contrary! I have built my business around preaching that we need to update our meetings and events to be more current and future proofed and I will continue to preach that. There are many meetings and events out there that needs a check-up, but if it aint broken, don’t fix it!
A little something about the saying ‘if it aint broken, don’t fix it’
I am something of a word nerd and since English (American) is not my first language I have been wondering why most people say “if it aint broke, don’t fix it” since it has got to be ‘broken’ to be grammatically correct.
I found a page about the saying on The Phrase Finder, and it seems that using ‘broken’ in the saying is more British than American. I do apologize for using British words when claiming that I am North American at heart. Please, forgive me…my word nerd-ism gets the best of me!