Held every four years, the Olympic Games is a fantastic international sporting event. Given the scale of the Olympics, many things can and do go wrong – it is a prodigious undertaking with successes and failures commensurate with the scope of the event. There are many lessons to be learnt from this process which can be applied by the savvy to better organise and facilitate corporate events and catering experiences. Let’s take a look!
1) Casualties – Avoid
No matter how important an event seems, it isn’t worth a human life! People routinely die in olympic preparations, a dark side to the glamour of the event which flies under the radar. These fatalities are often in the construction of Olympic infrastructure. Avoid casualties in your event preparations. Don’t lose track of what is important, no matter how stressful and difficult things seem. They’re not more important than your wellbeing.
2) Plan Beyond Your Event
A catastrophic and unfortunate failure that is shared by Athens and Greece (2004 / 2016, respectively) is their failure to plan beyond the event. Having invested massively in new infrastructure, after the games were over, in the words of forbes.com, when world-class athletes left Rio and Athens, so did the Olympic spirit—leaving behind empty arenas, polluted aquatic centers, overgrown fields, dried-out golf greens, rusty stadiums, flimsy façades, and trash dumps in some areas. How does this apply to your catering? Here are 3 positive post catered-event measures to apply:
a) Ensure no food goes to waste – someone will appreciate it
b) Clean up thoroughly – leave no trace
c) Collect feedback, and improve your catering progressively
3) Avoid Steroids
Steroids and performance enhancement drugs are frowned on by most organised sporting events, for good reason. ‘Roid rage and the health issues associated with the massive promulgation of mass beyond nature’s intentions create an uneven playing field where competitors don’t stand a chance. While it isn’t unhealthy to have the goal of dominating with your catering prowess, do so in a sustainable way that will ensure your longer-term survival.
4) Be Ready
The Athens Olympics in 2004 was a preparation nightmare. Unfinished venues, legal disputes, relocations, budgets and power struggles defined the leadup to this event theguardian.comdemonstrating that to achieve great things, readiness is a prerequisite. Here are 3 key readiness rules for catering:
a) Know your budget and stick to it
b) Understand who is involved and their roles
c) Don’t procrastinate
You may be surprised to learn that just because they’re Olympians, athletes aren’t above an indulgent snack now and again. As discussed in elitedaily.com, Sometimes indulgent eating is deliberate, for instance when athletes need to rapidly bulk up or address a dietary deficiency, and on other occasions its probably a case of comfort eating, for example, when consoling yourself after face-planting in the hurdles. Whatever the case, it’s pretty obvious, reading between the lines that eating indulgently will help you succeed in life.. so be indulgent!