The Joy of Keeping Good Records

Recently my heart did a little flip.  No, it wasn’t because George Clooney, or even Brad Pitt, crossed my path.  It wasn’t because I received the gift of diamond earrings, although that would do it too.  It wasn’t even because someone cleaned the kitchen and poured me a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

My heart did a little dance because I received some exceptionally good records about conferences past.  You see, I’m chairing the subcommittee that will organise the 2012 AAPO Conference (if you want to know more please visit

The doorbell rang and the courier handed me a large parcel.  And inside was gold.  The kind of gold that sets a Professional Organiser’s heart racing.  It was all the records from every conference ever held by AAPO – the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers.  The records are well kept, well stored, well organised and accurate.  But that’s not the only reason I adore them so.

They will save me hours… and hours… and HOURS of work.  My predecessors have done the hard yards.  They have crossed their t’s and dotted their i’s and kept great records, and then they have given me the gift of their experience.  And I say thank you – you know who you are.

What are you doing that could be documented and save someone, maybe even yourself, time and energy?


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