We get told advice every day, whether we ask for it or not. From friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. Sometimes, though, this advice sticks with us and we carry it with us every day.
We asked the ladies here at KMC what that advice was for them and this is what they had to say:
Wendy Knorr, Founder & Owner
The best advice I’ve received is, “Make a decision and then live with it – good or bad! Just make a decision.”
Shelly Rolwing, Director of Events
Don’t be above any job or task – meaning that you shouldn’t give anyone a job that you wouldn’t do yourself. There are always things that pop up at events and everyone has to pitch in to help to make the event successful.
Katie Harris, Account Manager
I have a “to-don’t list” on my bulletin board at home that I clipped out years ago to remind me to be mindful of its advice. There are five “to-don’ts” on the list, but one in particular stands out: “Don’t become upset when things don’t go according to your plan. Just laugh, if you can, and roll with it.”
This is easier said than done for me! But as a planner, sometimes you have to step back and realize that things are out of your control — and that the best memories can come from something unexpected.
Claire Foster, Creative Director
“Just start! It doesn’t have to be perfect, but if you don’t start it’ll never happen.”
I heard this from a professor and it’s stuck with me since.
Susan Jones, Events Manager & Financial Specialist
My best piece of advice is just to make a list when you start working on a project or event. You get a sense of accomplishment when you’re able to mark things off and most of the time you are getting more done than you realize. Lists are also great to keep you focused and stay on task.
Tammy Miller, Strategic Communications Manager & Creative Strategist
Early in my career, I worked with an incredibly creative gentleman that explained to me that creativity cannot be forced. He encouraged me that when things just weren’t gelling to change my environment. Put the project away for a while, rearrange my workspace, take a walk, go to a movie, take the afternoon off—whatever it takes. Throughout the last 25 years, I’ve found his advice to ring true, many times over.
Sara Davis, Events Manager
“Offer a solution, not a problem.”
I’m not sure where I have heard this from but in the world of events, this has been my driving force throughout my career. Things tend to not go as planned in events, and this mantra keeps my mind sharp to always be thinking of the solution instead of the problem that came up.
Hannah May, Events Intern
My best piece of advice is that you’re in charge of your own happiness.
This quote from Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is my favorite, “You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.”
My mom reminds me of this all the time & I think it’s important to focus on yourself and make your happiness a priority in your everyday life.
Emma Fordyce, Marketing Intern
My mom always reminded me of the Golden Rule to “treat others how you want to be treated” when I was growing up. I’m sure everyone has heard this as well, but I find myself thinking about this a lot in everyday life.
At the end of the day, we’re all people and we all want to be treated with kindness and respect, so I try to do the best I can because I hope people would do the best they can with me.
Julia Patterson, Office Manager
The best advice I’ve heard is, “You can have it all. Just not all at once.” said by THE Oprah! I think about it a lot because it’s empowering and humbling at the same time, and I think that is a good space to be in for anything in life.