I hate nickel and diming.

Online with a friend today who shall remain nameless, but suffice to say they are in the middle of planning the dreaded gala for insert-charity-here. They wrote this. I promised I wouldn’t use their name, but I can bet any number of my readers will sigh, sagely nod their heads and go back to trying to get fifty feet of free ribbon from the local ribbon store.
I think you should pay artists and people what they are worth and if you want nice things you need to pay for them sometimes.  And I will never ask a performer to come provide entertainment at an event for free and tell them “it’s good exposure for them” –  it’s not, so don’t even make me ask.
You can’t have a fancy posh event and have spent $2 – $2 events look like $2 events.
Sometimes in terms of staff time and energy it’s just better to pay for an item rather than calling/emailing 100 vendors to get it for free and then get it shipped to another location so some friend of a friend can silkscreen it for a discount.  My time is too valuable for that nonsense.
Nickel and diming and micro managing doesn’t make you a good manager – it just makes you annoying to the people trying to get it done. 
You need to trust that you hired the right people and they are getting the best deals and spending money where it counts.
Years ago there was a fantastic event evaluation form – I am pretty sure it was on Charity Village and now I can’t find it no matter how hard I look.  Most event evals are like the one here and focus on having hit the target for fundraising and awareness etc.
I loved the other one because it was in quiz format, with point rankings, ie 1 point if you hit the money target. It was a very real evaluation, with all the hard target questions, but the questions I remember 10 years later are “Lose three points for every person who cried because of this event” and “calculate the dollar amount saved in sourcing the free ribbon vs the dollar amount of staff time used to source the free ribbon”.
People say time is money – but sometimes they forget it actually is. Or that the sponsor package you put together for the ribbon store folks is actually –  in time and materials – worth more than the ribbon itself.
If anyone knows the evaluation I’m talking about, will you send me the link?

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