How have you been since The BNC were last at The Brewery? It’s been a long two years but staying positive has been a great help.
You and Alec are both such busy people – how did you fill your time during the down period of lockdown? It was really hard. Not being very good at DIY or anything with my hands, I concentrated on coaching kids’ basketball at a local school in Yateley.
What did you miss about events during the Covid19 pandemic? Human contact. I could never live in the middle of a forest! I have to see people every day. This industry is built on people, connections, and it’s such a friendly, upbeat industry. It was hard not seeing friendly faces of colleagues, Club members, friends and clients. But, we’re thankful we’re all ok.
How did you connect with events people during that time? Luckily we have The BNC Networking Club, which I started in 1997. It is basically a way exchanging information about events – corporate to corporate. It is very similar to Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Trip Advisor. I started it before Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Trip Advisor ever existed!
So during the lockdowns we issued our regular e-networking and newsletters plus had virtual campfires on specific topics from running hybdrid award ceremonies to contract negotiation. We even had our iconic BNC Christmas Networking Party online with Song Division.
How do you think people, companies are now? It is like Spring. You can see the green shoots appearing again.