When people tell you not to trust everything you read on the internet, listen to them. There are many self-proclaimed inspirational internet gurus (e.g., “vendors”) out there following the notion of “fake it ’til you make it.”
That attitude couldn’t be more toxic to both clients and those with real world experience. Several studies across a broad range of sources from medical journals to twitter polls indicate that at least 70% of people have suffered from impostor syndrome at one point or another. I can’t claim such advice contributes to high numbers of imposter syndrome, but it’s hard to imagine it doesn’t.
When I started working at Falcon Events, I had experience on reality tv shows, commercials, and feature films. Usually, I played an administrative type role. I also own my own media entities. While I was often producing from the sidelines, I rarely had to get my hands dirty on the technical side. With Falcon, I thought my experience would make it easy for me to slide in as a technician unnoticed. Boy, was I wrong. It turns out knowing the capabilities and actually being able to execute those capabilities are two very different things.
“Fake it ’til you make it,” won’t get you very far.
My dad gave me way better advice than any professional guru.
“Work smarter, not harder.”
Do I need to figure out my supervisor’s directives by sneaking onto Google? Why not just ask them to show me what I don’t know? Turns out, getting one-on-one help made it much easier to learn the technical production side of online event streaming.
Working smarter (not harder) doesn’t just apply to an individual working in technical production for the first time. This extends to every job in every industry. Your teammates want you to excel because it helps your entire team excel.
Live streaming virtual and hybrid events have become the new standard in the event production industry and there are a lot of companies out there who have started “faking it.” As someone who has directly been through this scenario, I can attest that their live event experience does not translate over to a competent streaming skillset. Whether you’re trying to plan an industry event for your organization or you are trying to take on clients as a general event vendor, it is a smarter move to hire an experienced virtual event production company to handle your streaming aspects. The founders of Falcon have been streaming events professionally for decades, long before anyone had heard of Covid-19.
In a way, you could still fake it for your internal and external clients, but that doesn’t mean you have to work harder while doing so. Just hiring Falcon to handle your stream will speak volumes to your stakeholders about how you are the real deal when it comes to event planning. It’s smarter, it’s authentic, and it is better for all parties involved.