I was super excited that a couple of weeks ago David Beahm came to visit Hawaii for “A Day With David Beahm” sponsored by MPI Aloha Chapter. Even though I admit, it’s pretty awesome to live in Hawaii, we fall short in things like big name concerts, great Mexican food and quality event/wedding education, so this was an amazing thing!
The day was separated into three parts–an intimate breakfast, lunch, and happy hour (or what we call pau hana here in the islands). I was fortunate to have attended the first session.
It’s not everyday that you hear first hand from the person that decorates The White House, or One World Trade Center, or pulls off amazing events out of not only already beautiful places, but places that you couldn’t even imagine changing as he does–but truly transforming them into mind-blowing spaces.
The part that was particularly endearing about him and his talk was his extreme humbleness and sincerity. David joked how Forbes ranked event planners as one of the top 10 (8) stressful jobs in 2015 (I think we dropped from last year). Another thing he talked about was how he got started and how he thought that being nice in business was key and how he worked the first three years of his business out of his studio apartment.
Other takeaways for me included not apologizing for your pricing – you have to make a living and pay for what you are delivering. The next was to help your clients to let go and lastly, know your environment and make it work for you and the event.
We all hope to see you back in the islands again soon, David! If/when you return, we promise to take you to Chinatown to see the lei makers in action. Aloha and A Hui Hou (until we meet again).
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