DoR: What Worked, What Didn’t?

Today at the USHMM was a day of reflection. Looking back at last week’s events and discussing what worked and what didn’t. Yesterday (Monday) a lot of people were still out of the office, DoR takes a lot of energy, so some decided they needed a little more R&R…I can’t really blame them. Seeing how much work and time went into planning the event (1 year to be exact….next year’s dates are already out. May 3-5, 2011), I could see why some staff would want to take a little break! So, today at the prospect strategy meeting, the development staff at the museum, and the development staff at locations around the country, video/phone conferenced to discuss DoR. While I won’t go into every little detail about what was said, I will say there is always room for improvement. Many of the guests of this year’s events thought it was the best DoR EVER! Which is amazing, but looking back, there were a few little issues that could be fixed. I learned that when planning events of this nature, you can’t be afraid to make changes for the next year. It is okay to take some risks and do some experimentation to see what really works! What works one year, might not work the next, and so on and on and on. So, you sometimes have to listen to everyone’s idea and thank them graciously, even if deep down you are thinking to yourself, “There is no way in H*** I will ever let that happen!”, because the truth is, it might end up being a great suggestion! Listening to everyone’s input today was really fun, and at times a little disheartening, but in the end what everyone says is taken back to the head honchos, looked over and this starts the planning for next year! To leave you with something fun, if you are on twitter, take a look at what some people had to say about this year’s events! #2010DOR