Hello, my name is Nwando, I'm an Events Manager.
And sudden everyone thinks I'm Nwando's Signature.
A few times this has worked to my advantage and I allow it. Like the time I went to that overcrowded bakery with long queues and I filled a form and the staff began to whisper among themselves while furtively glancing at me. Suddenly I was ushered to the front and given VIP treatment. I wasn't quite sure why but when I heard someone whisper "Nwando's Signature" realization dawned. At that point I allowed them cater to me, but before I left I told them I'm not Nwando's Signature. You could actually hold their shock and disappointment in your hands.
Similarly a few weeks back I wanted to make a purchase via phone, the nonchalant sales rep perked up immediately I told him I'm in Surulere and my name is Nwando. "Nwando's Signature!" he squealed with glee. "No. I'm not". And he went back to his nonchalant self.
There've been a few other occasions but the most recent would be yesterday at the Starting and Running Your Business Workshop. I arrived early and positioned myself at the front, only because it was the warmest place I found to sit. It turned out that I was sitting with the panelists who came later. And so some attendees thought I was one of the panelists. You see, Nwando's Signature was also meant to speak at the event but she could not make it. So now, here is a Nwando, sitting with the panelists, who also happens to be an Event pro.
However I was there simply to support a very brilliant and inspiring friend, and soak up more knowledge and information. Some people however did not get that memo so during the Q&A session some questions were directed at me, as an Events Manager. I'm more than equipped to handle any question on events so that wasn't a problem at all.
Most of the attendees knew I wasn't Nwando's Signature anyways, the convener, Lamide, had announced that she wouldn't make it. Unfortunately some people were probably snoozing during this announcement because after the class I had a few people waiting outside to talk to me. Majorly about events and getting a leg into the industry. But there was this one lady who kept on approaching me with reverence in her eyes and slight trepidation in her voice, she constantly reminded me that she needed to talk to me and was willing to wait until everyone had left. I wondered why, what was so important?
Eventually it was just Lamide, an attendee consulting with Lamide and I left when she finally approached me. "I didn't hear you speak". It was both a question and mild accusation laced with disappointment and it was when I was struggling to understand why she'd expected me to, that I realized that all this time she had been running around me and vying for my undivided attention because...
You guessed right.
She thought I'm Nwando's Signature!
It was probably the most gut-wrenching thing I had to do yesterday; telling her I'm not. And in the moment that ensued we both stood and stared at each other in awkward silence, wondering what to do next.
"Well I'm Nwando and I'm in Events, and I'm here. I'm probably even better than Nwando's Signature so talk to me" I chuckled cheekily to break the tension.
Everyone laughed heartily and the moment passed.
In any case, I still remain Nwando, the Creative Director of Black Carpet Events. I would love to help you solve your events needs. You should give me a call. My number is 08173600406.
And you tell me who you are and what you do. Sell yourself, advertise your business or simply tell us your career/business plans.
And if you've got any question(s) for me, events, events career related or otherwise, feel free to ask me anything at all.