February 25, 2021
It's been almost a year since we were all told to stay at home. And while we've all been wondering when will in-person events make a comeback, event profs agree that it's time we adjust to the changes that were thrust upon us. Many didn't give remote workplace design a thought at first. Since remote work is here to stay, it's time to bring ourselves up to speed, don't you agree?
In today's Even Brew, Will, Dustin, Nick, and Thuy talk about their experience working remotely, all things remote workplace design, and how it might impact live events. There's no shortage of great tips and innovative ideas, so strap yourself in and press play!
February 11, 2021
Recently, Marriott International announced COVID-19 testing capabilities if you wish to book one of their hotels for an event. As you'd expect, the headline stirred just a tad bit of controversy amongst the Brew Crew members, and a lot of interesting topics of conversation soon arose in the midst of Merriott's incredible announcement.
Is this setting yet another precedent in our industry? Will venues' testing capabilities signify the full return to live events? And does this mean that even planners no longer have to worry about safety protocols or making testing available themselves? These are only some of the questions Will Curran, Dustin Westling, and Nick Borelli are looking to answer on this week's edition of the Event Brew. So press play and join us for yet another exciting, candid talk!
January 21, 2021
This week's conversation on Event Brew is particularly interesting. It all started with an article that informed readers of the NFL's project to fill up a stadium with vaccinated healthcare workers. And while at first, this might sound like a topic that shouldn't spring up too much heat, you might want to think again.
Because this specific article propelled Dustin, Nick, Will, and Thuy to have one of the most candid and interesting conversations featured on the podcast yet surrounding several important things. The COVID-19 vaccine, how it will affect our industry, what will be expected of event professionals once it becomes widely available, and whether or not it signals a new beginning for the industry in 2021. So, without further ado, press that play button and join in on this incredible episode of the Event Brew!
January 7, 2021
Over the years, event profs had to ask themselves many questions. These were anything from "what AV company should I hire" to "what color palette should I choose" and beyond. But never before, at least not to this extent, did they have to wonder about the chances of attendees being seriously harmed - or even dying. But now that COVID-19 has become part of our day to day lives, things are different. And this is why this week we'll be talking about responsibility in events.
Recently, it was reported that a wedding in Washington was linked to seven deaths. Deaths of people who didn't attend. And this got the Brew Crew thinking - where do we go from here? If we start planning hybrid events or very small gatherings, what happens if someone gets sick? How far does responsibility in events go? And what are the legal consequences? Well, time to find out. Press play and join us for another exciting episode of Event Brew!
December 17, 2020
Yes, we're finally asking the million-dollar question: do we even need in-person events anymore? And no, the Brew Crew isn't trying to trigger anyone here. But rather, they're interested in starting up a conversation about the challenges we are facing as an industry. And arguably one of the biggest is trying to convince people as to why spending so much money on live events is still worth it. Sure, when the pandemic subsides, we'll all run to the first concert we can find.
But what happens when the enthusiasm dies down? What happens when people are reminded of the hassle that is spending $1,200 in a live conference that is several states away? Yes, we do need in-person events. But what kind? And why? Well, join us for another episode of Event Brew, as Thuy, Nick, Will, and Dustin attempt to answer that exact question!
December 3, 2020
The state of the events industry…what is it, really? On the one hand, the pandemic seems to be doing nothing more than get worse. But on the other hand, some event profs are taking shots at doing in-person experiences safely. And in the midst of it all lives fear, uncertainty, hope, and the ever-lasting wish that things will return to what they used to be. With so many things flying around and our industry in a perpetual state of ambiguity, what should we think and feel?
This week, the Brew Crew got together for a raw conversation about the state of the events industry. Fleshing out many interesting topics and trying to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong, this is an episode you won’t want to miss. So press play and join Thuy, Nick, Dustin, and Will for one of the most candid talks you’ve heard lately!
November 19, 2020
Back in March of this year, the world came crashing down on all of us. Faced with a global pandemic that is still sweeping the world and reaching across continents, the events industry was suddenly facing total collapse. And even the most resilient amongst us had to take a minute to let it sink in. What would happen to us now? Should we keep everything on stand by and wait for it to get better? And how are we supposed to survive this as event professionals?
But now that several months have gone by, we can breathe a little easier. More than that, we can look back at everything that happened and think about what we learned. So on this episode of the Event Brew, recorded live with the help of ILEA, the Brew Crew will be discussing the COVID-19 lessons they learned. There's plenty to analyze and talk about, so dive right into it!
November 5, 2020
This week, our episode of the Event Brew is a little bit different. Because what we all love the most about the podcast is listening to the Crew chat candidly, it's a great one. But why is it different, you might ask? Well, because there's no specific topic to dive into. Instead, our lovely hosts Thuy Diep, Will Curran, and Dustin Westling sat down to look over some of their favorite articles and discuss some events industry news, as well as world news.
In a sense, it might feel like we're stagnating. But as they go deeper into the conversation, some pretty exciting topics come up. From women event profs to the gatherings that have been popping up in the age of COVID, there's plenty to talk about. So go ahead and press play so you can join the iconic Brew Crew in a relaxed conversation about what's happening in the world and the most interesting events industry news!
October 16, 2020
Let's talk about retreats for event profs. So, who doesn't love a good retreat? Whether it is within your company or you go all by yourself, these experiences can be life-changing. Because it's no secret that, human beings, we all need to retreat from something at some point. Maybe we just want to recharge. Or maybe we need to stay quiet for a little while. Whatever the reason is, there are many good things to be said about retreats - and retreats for event profs in particular.
So on this week's episode of Event Brew, Dustin Westling, Will Curran, and Thuy Diep get together to discuss the topic. What are their personal experiences with retreats? And in light of recent events - pandemic and consequent lockdown - will they become even more common? Will our industry adopt these retreats for event profs as a way to reconnect socially? Join us and learn more!
October 2, 2020
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people felt the economic consequences. And few industries have felt this impact quite like the events industry did. Many event profs found themselves jobless overnight. But on the opposite side of the spectrum, those that chose to embrace the virtual landscape began growing their business. Companies that fall into this category are now hiring in order to answer the demand of the virtual market.
The Brew Crew just so happens to include two people going through these opposing experiences. Thuy Diep has a unique perspective to offer in terms of being currently unemployed. And Will Curran can speak on the side of an event company hiring and what that means for Endless and the industry. So on this week’s episode of the Event Brew, our listeners can get a sense of what it feels like to be on each side: unemployed event prof versus event company hiring. How does the pandemic affect them? What advice do they have to offer? Press play right now and find out!