Choosing Vendors Based on Your Personal Beliefs
Updated: Feb 2
We live in a world full of ideas, lifestyles, and faiths. Our values and beliefs are what drive our actions and have the potential to influence a company's success, so should an event planner give up core principles in order to make money? Should you pick your suppliers based on your own beliefs?
The short answer is "no." Every company's objective is to make a profit, but doing so in today's polarized environment may be more difficult than it's ever been. As a rule of thumb, consider the following: “If I do business with this customer, how will it reflect on my company?” If the answer to that question is that doing business with them would result in bad consequences, you might want to reconsider the project.
At the end of the day, you should select vendors without prejudice. Consider, "Are the suppliers' ideas contrary to society's norms?" Look up their company in Google and find out what they're all about. Check out their social media sites to discover if they have a solid following and what kinds of content they write. The last thing you want to do is support someone who holds prejudicial views that might harm your business.
Our vast differences make us unique... It's what makes the world an intriguing place to live. If we can't learn to accept people who aren't like us, how can we progress as a society? The life of an Event Planner allows you to meet individuals from all walks of life. Any form of prejudice is not only harmful to your health but also bad for the company.
Don't give up your values... But don't let them define your event. Different cultures are different for a reason. Not every event planner is the same, but if they're good at what they do then they can definitely contribute to your event's success -- whether or not their personal values match yours.
As an event planner, have you ever had to compromise your principles in order to put on a show? If that's the case, how did you handle it? When it comes to collaborating with a customer who holds beliefs opposed to yours, what are the lines in the sand for you? Let us know in the comments!
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