So, the Mending Hearts Hunt has come to an end! As I look back on the way I organized & executed, I have learned ways to better myself. I have grown substantially from my first hunt and still I am seeking ways to improve. Participator critiques will play a large hand in how I move forward.
While I will NEVER execute all my hunts the same way, there are certain techniques that I will implement from now on. Few things I learned…
TIMING: A big key to organization. Define a timeline that allows for incidentals so fluidity of events is not threatened
FLEXIBILITY: Plan but be ready to re-plan, things do not always go as intended. ie the MH hunt, I was hoping for collaborations, yes there was an option to submit an application as a single vendor, but my concept was more grand. It didn’t work out that way and canceling was not an option so I worked with what I had.
ACCESSIBILITY: The way I executed the business of landmark listing for the stores, where one store didn’t lead to the next has left some stores feeling over shadowed, so in the future I will work towards a more inclusive system. But note when I do promotions for a hunt, blogs, magazines, facebook etc…I never put one store over the other, I try to represent the lot. I don’t do favorites. In the future, I will develop a system that will be less..random but I can not control a hunter’s preference for certain items. A person will seek out those items of top interest.
RESPONSIBILITY: Placing it where it belongs & knowing when to let go. As organizer, I am responsible for a number of things setting a plan of attack, informing people of timeline/deadlines, getting essentials to participators in a timely fashion, responding to concerns etc…
but it is NOT my job to be the sole promoter of a business. Each participator is responsible for promoting his/her own store in addition to what I do for the the hunt itself. It is not my job to baby-sit anyone about what he/she needs to do to pass inspection ie sign placement, making sure hunt icon is configured correctly etc.. While I am willing to help, I can not…will not over extend myself. We are all grown :)
These are the 4 major lessons I learned. In the future when I can take someone on as co-planner (actively seeking) hopefully things on my end will be smoother so that I can provide an easier and more efficient system.
To those that provided feedback, even when harsh, your words are invaluable. Thank you! I hope you continue to participate with BE HUNTED and witness the growth