On the final day of the convention, we had an impromptu gathering at a local SLC restaurant before the closing party.
We initially made the reservation for 10, then called and made it for 20.
When I arrived, the dining room was empty with the exception of those from our team who got there early.
Within 10-15 minutes we had +50 gathered around several tables we pulled together.
We filled “almost” the entire space.
At our member appreciation dinner the night before, we introduced everyone to a fun dice game.
As we ordered and waited for dinner, we decided to have everyone pull out their purple dice and play for prizes.
As I am standing on the chair, in very high heels mind you, one of the servers tells our group we need to keep the noise down.
I thought for sure they were going to tell me I couldn't stand on the chair.
Nope. Chair standing allowed. Just don't be LOUD.
We carried on with our game, using our “inside voices”, and still had a blast.
I'm pretty sure the noise wasn't “really” the issue.
It appeared they were not ready to handle such a large group; the servers were quite frazzled, the AC was not working, they were running out of items on the menu.
The elevated noise only added to their annoyance.
We tipped well, bussed our own dishes, and may have even left some Lavender essential oil behind.
I've been home from convention now for three days and have worked in near silence the entire time.
I appreciate the quiet.
As an introvert, who extroverted for a week, quiet restores and energizes me.
Without quiet time I too get frazzled.
And more importantly, in order for me to be creative (like craft this post) and really do my best work, I need to have periods of quiet.
“Quiet leadership is not an oxymoron.” — Susan Cain
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