Lesson Two: Sweat The Small Stuff

They say that the devil is in the details. When it comes wedding time, that’s a fact. At the wedding that I recently MC’d there was a lot of confusion about what to do and when to do it. There were questions about what should happen and in what order. Some people think that you can just “wing it”. Well, you can’t. And here’s why. Because at some point you’ll be in the weeds and the only thing that’ll pull you out of the weeds is going to be a schedule; some details; a to do list; a plan.

I was provided with a list of things that the bride wanted… written in marker… on an envelope… in no particular order. Had I not turned that list into an itemized and time sensitive list I would have been left bumbling through the reception without any rhyme or reason. And that’s how a lot of people run their businesses. Everything that I have is organized. Everything. Why? Because I sweat the small stuff. I never used to. In my “previous life”, as an employee, I never sweat the small stuff. Because it wasn’t my job. It was always somebody else’s dime. It was never my playbook.

Now I’m on the clock and I always sweat the small stuff. Always. Like the wedding list I was given, I used to have a very vague concept of what the next step was. I knew what steps there were, but never paid attention to how long each step took and what order they should go in. But that’s no way to run a business. You need to focus everything you have on the details. You can’t just waddle along hoping you’re on the right road. You need a map and an itinerary. Sweat the small stuff… and it’s all small stuff.