Yesterday I received a tweet that almost wrecked my day. We’d made a small mistake with an email we sent. And the tweet amounted to: “Looks like Echo is off to a bad start already.” It wrecked my morning and most of my lunch. I was so upset. I felt so stressed, inadequate, and criticized. I was a failure and the whole conference would fail too.
We’re two weeks out from the conference. We haven’t even done anything publicly yet…just a few emails.
Imagine what will happen when the conference actually happens. How can you keep 1,000 people happy enough to avoid any more nasty tweets?
You see, putting together a conference is a lot like throwing a wedding. You are putting a bunch of different people in one room, feeding them, trying to entertain and educate them… They all come from different perspectives and backgrounds. It’s absolutely impossible to make everyone happy. And it seems unhappy people are the most vocal.
So imagine the wave we’re about to experience in two weeks. (It’ll probably amount to four or five criticisms…but I assure you that will feel like a wave.)
I need to prepare myself. The reason that tweet hit me so hard was that it was totally unexpected. How could one lousy email amount to such an abusive tweet?
But I know I’ll get criticism. People will probably even comment on my clothing choice or inability to land a good joke. It’s going to happen. But I need to prepare myself to ignore that criticism. I need to focus on the good. For every one tweet, there are at least one hundred people having a great time. They’re learning great things. They’re excited.
And I can’t let one tweet ruin my day. I can’t let one unhappy camper ruin the whole hike. I’m doing something good.
And guess what. You are too. Don’t let one criticism ruin your day. It’s never worth it.