Elaina Buzzell

What’s In Your Event Bag?

Flickr image from user cambodia4kidsorg

I’ve had event preparation on my mind lately, as I get ready for bridesmaid duties this weekend. All of the arrangements and decorations have been set, and what’s left for me is to try to anticipate and deal with unexpected problems. Most of what will arise are small issues like broken nails and blisters, and, while they won’t (usually) doom the event, they can significantly distract key people. Read the rest of this entry »

You Must Be This Tall to Ride This Ride

Flickr image by user emilydickinsonridesabmx

I am sure that many of us have sad childhood memories of feeling left out because we weren’t yet big enough to ride the cooler rides at the fair or amusement park. The cartoon character on the height measurement sign was almost mocking us as we were turned away from the fun. Read the rest of this entry »

The Power of Failure

Yesterday I participated in the #npcons (Twitter chat for nonprofit consultants) chat on cranking up creativity, and a frequent theme was that true creativity results, at least occasionally, in failure. I had failing on the brain already after a recent job interview when I was asked about my biggest failure.

I’ve long seen that failure is a natural part of the learning process, and that something isn’t a complete failure if valuable lessons are learned. I also believe that the world needs more stories of failure – especially lessons learned and growth from failure – as they encourage others to risk and try new things. In that light – drumroll please – here is the story that I shared with my interviewer about my biggest fail: Read the rest of this entry »