How can our industry come back stronger after the coronavirus?

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How can our industry come back stronger after the coronavirus?

By Blair Potter | Mar 23, 2020

“If we support each other we will see good business survival, and ultimately that will keep our industry moving forward and successful.”

Janice Cardinale Renee Radabaugh Anne Finzer

“We as an industry are strong and driven. We have clients who look to us for ideas and we are responsible to deliver on that. I have bounced back from two recessions, SARS and now this. I think that it’s not so much about coming back stronger but more mindful about our world. From what I have seen, the most important thing we have to be doing as leaders is to make our teams feel secure in their jobs. I also feel that as an industry there are not nearly enough people making changes to their habits. So many people are still drinking out of water bottles, and while all of these viruses have started with animals, it also has everything to do with our environment and the changing landscape. Those that lead with the commitment for change will come through this with flying colors.”

Janice Cardinale
The Idea Hunter
MPI Toronto Chapter

“Together, we’ve experienced Sept. 11, halting a great bulk of travel and transportation, yet triggering stronger security measures and unity as a nation. The 2008 recession resulted in significant economic loss, but it also spurred the collaboration of several important coalitions, including Meetings Mean Business. In addition, as a company with a 30-year history, we’ve been faced with other international challenges that the U.S. was not necessarily impacted by. For us, it’s important to adapt, embrace change and remember that we will be part of a solution that drives recovery and growth.”

Renee Radabaugh, CMP
Paragon Events
MPI Greater Orlando Chapter

“I am hopeful realist! I think we will see change that will impact us for a long time, perhaps forever. That will be OK. Change is not always a bad thing! I have been chatting with my fellow business owners to say let’s keep dialogue open to all kinds of creative next steps. We need to be truly open to collaboration in ways we may never have considered prior. If we support each other we will see good business survival, and ultimately that will keep our industry moving forward and successful. I also believe people will be craving social interaction and positivity. Everyone in the entertainment and events industry has a unique opportunity to reach people and fulfill a basic societal need.”

Anne Finzer
CEO Events
MPI Greater Edmonton Chapter

 
 

     
 

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Blair Potter
Blair Potter

Blair Potter is managing editor for The Meeting Professional. He likes toys and collects cats (or is it the other way around?).