As event planners, we must lead our teams and our clients through whatever unforeseen circumstances we may be faced with. We must ensure the team and the client feel secure throughout the planning process. We are there to keep smiles on faces and provide a positive atmosphere through what can sometimes be a stressful experience for the client, given all that is riding on that event. For the first time in my career, this was not something I could provide. There were many days during which I felt overwhelmed and useless for my team and my clients. I didn’t have the answers they needed. A worldwide pandemic was not one of the scenarios I had prepared for and as postponements began to roll in, I remember wanting nothing more than to cocoon myself in blankets and emerge when it was all over.
Jaclyn Watson Events hosted three events in 2020, fully regulation-compliant and COVID-free. Photo courtesy Hannah Weddings.
Looking back at the last year and change, here we are. A stronger team, a stronger leader, and more importantly, a beat up, but certainly resilient industry. To survive the struggles the live events industry had to face, teams had to come together and show love, support, and dedication to each other’s survival. The relationships forged during these turbulent months helped support and raise up fellow colleagues and focused not just on survival, but the future that we knew was on the horizon, even if we could not see it yet.
As mask wearing, perpetual sanitizing, regular COVID testing, and social distancing became the norm, the Jaclyn Watson Events (JWE) team was still lucky enough to host three events in 2020, fully regulation-compliant and COVID-free.