BEAMer and event expert Marine Debatte K shares insights on what makes her BEAM and why mental fitness should be top-of-mind when designing experiences.
How does Marine Debatte K beam?
We attract what we put out! I often hear that problems seem to just “slide on me”. Whatever happens, I keep smiling and keep a reassuring and calm attitude. Maybe too positive sometimes. Whoever I work with, clients, teams, partner or bosses, they appreciate having someone in control by their side, with a positive attitude and a big smile! I am in this business to make people happy, and as long as that makes me happy, I’ll keep doing it! Passion makes me beam, making people happy makes me beam.
Why is mental fitness a vital element of experience design?
Mental fitness is core to our lives and our health in general but it is also a central topic for leadership. An event does need to speak to our needs. Take finding a balance in its scheduling as an example: times to stay still, times to focus, time to work also! We can’t afford to participate in a three-day event and be 100 per cent immersed. Putting the participant and his humanity at the core of experience design is the promise to speak to his core and engage him like never before.
The one thing I would do if I weren’t afraid is… Not to compromise on what you know is right, having the courage for your convictions and putting them first. If I dared, I would make impact travel the only way I run incentive, advocate and advise destinations to reconcile profit for the destination, its people and its environment.
Marine Debatte K has spent 15 years in the Asian MICE industry. Mother of two, she balances her family, team members and customers with the same passion and care and an extra dose of sustainability and behavioural economics.
Image by Kiat Chua, Co-Founder and Chief Visualiser, BEAM.