I just left my room by 7:45pm or so that day and decided to check a friend’s room. It was in a different floor of the hostel.
I got there, planned out the time for the meeting. As I was about going, I was reminded of the fact that a friend, one of his roommates, is throwing a mini-party in their room by 9pm and would like someone to anchor the party.
“That would be nice.” I secretly didn’t want to anchor the party because I was more of a formal guy than a fun guy. Fine, I did anchor events then, but none was on birthday parties. All official.
Simon, the celebrant, came to me and pleaded.
“Phew!” I sighed. Okay. I would have to go plan out something.
I went to my room, took a shower, while thinking on what to say to make them catch enough fun.
It was time. I was up and then… I started.
Well, within 20 minutes into the event, some folks started leaving.
It’s obvious. My jokes and games are boring, stale and not intriguing.
Those who stayed are probably those who wanted to make the celebrate, their friend, happy.
I could feel boredom in the room. This is not because we are short of games, but because the anchor (the esteemed me) isn’t driving it well. The disappointment in the room was rising.
“I could have just said no” I kept whispering to myself softly.
I didn’t drop the role. We pushed on with the event like that. And we finally ended.
I got it. I need not be told. They all wished someone had handled the party instead of a formal bland guy.
But I got the lesson.
Just like Jeff Bezos will always say….
“Your biggest lessons comes from your dissatisfied customers”
Not all disappointment is bad. It gives you another opportunity to learn an important lesson.
Ever since that experience, I started building the fun part of me. Make corrections on clients complaints and disappointments and create ways and systems to prevent that.