Wednesday, June 1, 2011
On Canceling Events ...
This week we made the tough decision to cancel a Cache' Quick Introductions event that was going to take place in Springfield, IL at West Side Christian Church's new coffee house called Fireside Cafe. This event has been planned for months and we looked forward to enjoying the shiny new venue. Unfortunately, despite the supposition that many singles were thinking about attending on 6/4/11, we only had three females registered as of Tuesday, May 31st.
Anyone who has worked with adult singles for more than two weeks knows that they tend to wait until the last minute to register for anything. Unfortunately, it leaves business and ministries who try to plan events for them pulling their hair out! We don't know how much food to buy, how many chairs to set up, how much manpower will be needed (if any!), etc.
After four years in the biz, we have developed a rough pattern of how many walk-ins we can expect based on the number of pre-registrations. But nothing is ever for sure - we are often surprised; sometimes delighted, other times disappointed. But as Singles Pastor John Absher of Calvary Church - Naperville told us, the only thing he knows for sure when it comes to working with singles is that you can never predict anything. Just when you think you've got a good thing going and are building traction or growing your group, something can shift and you are back to the drawing board.
What is especially frustrating is that Cache' Connections strives to give the people what they want. We've heard from you loud and clear that you want more events; you want opportunities to meet a lot of people in a short amount of time; and you "don't want to pay a lot for this muffler." Cache' Quick Introductions is designed to provide just that.
So if any of you were planning to attend, we'd like to redirect you to the same type of event that is scheduled for 6/11/11 in Washington, IL. CLICK HERE for details. For the rest of our readers, we ask you to please help us help you. Make plans in advance - save a buck by pre-registering. Surprise us - give us 5 or 10 days notice. And save our hair from turning gray any faster than it already is.