May 28, 2020
As event professionals, we're bound to the duty of care. In case you're not fully aware of what this means, the Legal Dictionary defines it as the "responsibility of a person or organization to take all reasonable measures necessary to prevent activities that could result in harm to other individuals and/or their property". And if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Because planners are responsible for the safety of their attendees. Whether that applies to physical or emotional harm, we have a lot of responsibility in our hands. To a certain extent, we hold peoples' lives in our hands.
But how much thought is truly put into this? To what extents do planners go to ensure the safety and well-being of their attendees? And what consequences can come out of neglecting our duty of care? Well, that's exactly what the Brew Crew will be discussing this week! Our amazing hosts Thuy Diep, Dustin Westling, and Nick Borelli are in the house. And they are joined by a very special guest, Kevin White. The four of them will talk about the implications of the duty of care in the events industry. What we should do to ensure it, why, and how sour things can get if we don't. So grab your favorite drink and press play - it's time for another episode of Event Brew!
May 14, 2020
Recently, BizBash shared an article that proposed the hub and spoke method. Now, why does this make sense and what does it even mean? Let us paint a vivid picture for you: as a pandemic sweeps the world, the events industry suffers. But planners and profs alike are resourceful, which is why we're seeing a huge spike in virtual events. And as days pass, there is only one certainty all of us can agree on. In the words of David Adler, "the world that we knew is over". Which might seem a little scary and even outright demoralizing at first. But if we really think about it, the fact that the world is changing isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Because the world is constantly changing! And the events industry changes along with it, making an effort to implement the newest technology and push forward sustainability concerns. As humans and event professionals, we have no choice but to adapt to the new circumstances if we want to survive and, eventually, thrive. So, what can we expect from a world post-pandemic? If things won't be exactly as they were, then what will they be like?
It's within this scope that David Adler introduces the hub and spoke method. This is essentially a way to connect small groups of people and speakers across several venues, merging old-school and virtual events together in spectacular fashion. And the Brew Crew has a lot to say about it! So join us this week as Will Curran, Nick Borelli, and Dustin Westling get together to discuss what the hub and spoke model could mean for the events industry and how planners can adapt to the new world. Grab your favorite drink, press play, and don't waste another minute - let's talk about the future!
May 8, 2020
Remote work is the new normal. And not just for the events industry, but for many people around the world. The current state of things surrounding the global pandemic forced companies to take quick action. In many ways, remote work can be a blessing. It affords more freedom, a better balance between personal and professional life, and overall more productivity. And due to the number of tools and technology available to us, it becomes seamless to implement. It’s not a new paradigm by new means; for years, many companies have chosen to go remote in order to promote inclusivity and better work culture.
However, for many, it requires some adjustments. For those used to work in an office environment, remote work can actually seem scary. And when it comes to the events industry, things get slightly more complex. But since there’s no other choice right now, the Brew Crew decided to sit down and discuss the topic. Our incredible hosts Nick Borelli, Thuy Diep, and Dustin Westling got together to decide whether remote work is hurting or helping the industry.
From their varying perspectives, what does this new paradigm mean to event profs? Are they more productive? Or are there simply too many distractions to make it work? What tips can they give us to make it be a saving grace and a step forward instead of something dreadful? If you want to figure out, stick around. Grab your favorite drink and press play – we’re about to brew something up!
May 7, 2020
It’s time we talk about webinar fatigue. Because as the events industry makes its shift to virtual, this issue increases. Many people are home right now, and it’s not uncommon for some to attend several webinars a week. And some even go through several a day! So it’s no wonder attendees are starting to experience this phenomenon of webinar fatigue. After all, there are only so many hours one can sit in front of a screen and consume content before feeling completely exhausted.
But the biggest problem here is that webinar fatigue has the potential to affect our livelihood. Because as event profs, we are now dependent on people wanting to attend these virtual events. So how can we manage this newfound challenge? That’s exactly what the Brew Crew sat down to discuss this week. Our incredible hosts Will Curran, Nick Borelli, and Thuy Diep share their personal experience and insights as to why this is happening and how we can potentially tackle it. So grab your favorite drink and join us!