If the last 12 months (and more) has taught us anything, it’s that the world can change in the blink of an eye. From long-term lockdowns to snap circuit breakers and shifts in COVIDSafe regulations, Event Managers (and Project Managers) are constantly facing shifting sands.
It can be an overwhelming and unsettling time (to say the least) as the best laid plans are disrupted. Sometimes it can be hard to change direction when you are sprinting to the finish.
Yet, last year made us stronger, better, more informed and taught us many things. Lessons we can bring into 2021.
Drawing on my experience of working at an international event cancelled the day before it was due to start (CHOGM 2001), to working at an event that was partially shut down mid tournament (Australian Open), to community events that have had to adapt, here are my top tips to help you navigate event cancellations, postponements and uncertainty:
With every situation we face (whether we like it or not), we will be wiser for it and can take those learnings into our next event. This will make us and our events stronger.
The current situation continues to force us to think differently, do things differently, be innovative and that will almost certainly create some amazing results in return.
In the meantime, be kind to yourself. These continue to be unusual times.
Georgie Stayches is Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of Fetching Events & Communications, a boutique agency specialising in event management, communications and volunteer management. Fetching Events & Communications specialises in working with NGOs, NFPs, peak bodies, associations and community groups.