Carrie Fisher’s One-Liners Translate into Marketing Wisdom for Independent Planners

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Another star fell in 2016, and this time it was one of Hollywood’s most beloved feminists.

Carrie Fisher leaves behind a legacy as a mental health advocate, author, speaker and, of course, actress. Her ability to transform sex-symbol stereotypes inspired women to fight for achievements in male-dominated industries and made herself marketable in Hollywood’s science fiction world and beyond. Here are three Carrie Fisher quotes that independent meeting planners can glean inspiration from when marketing themselves in tough-to-enter industries.

“There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.’” —from Fisher’s 2008 memoir, Wishful Drinking

The meeting planner who is never 100 percent satisfied with their work will find the best success. By marketing yourself as someone who listens to feedback and continues to challenge and better yourself in the future will spark the attention of top execs and big companies who want the best leading their team.

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” —from a 2013 interview with the Herald Tribune

Those who are most successful have failed at one point in time, but fear never stood in their way. While it can be scary to take on a type of event that you have little previous experience planning, it can lead to bigger and better opportunities if you’re successful. Don’t let insecurities or lack of confidence stand in the way of gaining the experience to become more marketable in the future. 

“Even in space, there’s a double standard.” —from a recent appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in regard to why Princess Leia never got a light saber

It never hurts to embrace your differences and market yourself as such. If you’re a female, a minority or someone who is often faced with a double standard, remind people that your differences are what make your work better and what make you more beneficial to the industry for which you are planning.

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