"Robbie, who's the best caterer for my
New Orleans brunch"?
I'm always receiving questions like this.
Thank goodness, I'm active in several
Friends and colleagues who meet frequently.
We always get to know each other better
and talk about working together.
And whenever it's appropriate, we also
recommend each other to friends and clients.
A few weeks ago two of my favorite groups
held a joint meeting at the Corinthian Ballroom,
one of the top event facilities
in San Jose.
While I was introducing a "newcomer" to
a long-time friend, a familiar face tapped
me on the shoulder and asked me
"Robbie, can I have one of your cards.
I know someone who needs your help".
She's the concierge at a San Jose luxury
condo complex. Sure enough, a few days
I heard from one of her tenants, and
he included my trio in two
holiday parties he was planning.
Why am I talking about last-minute parties?
This story is a great example of how to
get help when you're planning your next
An event that could come up for any of
a dozen reasons. Sky's the limit.
Surprises happen all the time, and they
often call for celebrating.
Could be tomorrow. Could be next month.
Could be a friend is moving away suddenly
and needs a "farewell" party. Or perhaps a
"welcome back" party when he returns.
Or when you win a contest or an award,
so you invite a few friends and throw a
"congratulations" party to celebrate.
Or when your department at work suddenly
finds money in the budget and you decide
to have a company holiday party after all.
Whatever the celebration will be, how can
begin planning right away?
One excellent first move is to ask an
experienced friend to recommend
a few great resources.
So here's that Tip I promised you:
When you're starting at the last minute,
select a trusted professional (like my
concierge friend) and get
his or her