I’m often cold. When other people are comfortably cool, I’m freezing. Not good for someone who spends a fair amount of time in hotel ballrooms and other meeting spaces that are known for being drafty. But I’m used to it and I dress accordingly. In fact, my uniform of choice when I’m working an event is a blazer or suit jacket – not just for pockets (which are crucial) – but also for warmth.
“It’s simple, really: most events are better off with guests who are cold, than with guests who are naked. ”
Attendees often ask me why it’s so cold. It’s simple, really: most events are better off with guests who are cold, than with guests who are naked. Of course, it depends on the event, but for most meetings, conferences, and even weddings, clothing is a must. So if it gets too warm in a ballroom, people can’t really start taking off their clothes, hence the chilly meeting rooms.
The larger the space, the harder it is too keep everyone happy. While people like me will freeze, there will probably be some guests who are warm, maybe even too warm. And no one wants to be in a conference when the guy next to you is sweating.
At the end of the day, this is a problem best solved by communication. Many conferences and events have some indication in the invitation or registration materials as to the dress code. What about a friendly reminder to dress in layers? My guess is most attendees would be perfectly happy to see a reminder to bring a light sweater to the meeting, if they were the type to get chilly.
At weddings, I’m seeing more brides provide pashminas for their guests – particularly for outdoor weddings for after the sun goes down, but I’d love to see this at indoor events as well.
What’s your strategy for keeping comfortable at meetings or events, and making sure your guests do as well?