To Poll Or Not To Poll
February 9, 2018
By Joe Smith
We're often called by clients that tell us, "we posted a poll on Facebook and…" On its face, this sounds like a great idea; ask your classmates what they want to do and when they want to do it and hit the ground running! The truth however, is far more complicated!
Have you ever had someone ask your opinion and then take a 180 and do the exact opposite of what you suggested? How did you feel?
The truth is that we all like to be asked for our opinion. But when you ask a large number of people what they think, the answers are going to be all over the board and you're likely to disappoint more people that you make happy.
Most people have grand ideas of what their reunion should look like. You might be thinking that a semi-formal evening at nice hotel in June with a few casino tables sounds great. You put that out on Facebook and you get a mix of responses from, "Heck Yea!" to "We take our family vacation in June so I say no."
After you get the responses and decide to give it a shot, you realize that June is the biggest wedding month of the year and that nice hotel's prices are crazy. And after you price out a DJ and a casino, you start to realize that you may have bitten off more than you can chew.
The secret truth about reunions is that it's not about where you go, what people eat, how they're dressed or anything else. It's about the people. Not what the people think they want, but actually getting the people there.
Rather than asking your class what they want to do, figure out what's realistic and then get them excited about getting together to catch up and reminisce.
In short, skip the poll!
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