It’s easy to look at all we’ve lost this year, especially in the meetings and events industry. Our friends and colleagues have been hit especially hard, their livelihoods disrupted by the need to stay home.
And yet, we have seen those same friends, colleagues and business partners design, create and execute virtual experiences that rival the best in-person events. The creativity, innovation and perseverance we have seen across this industry continues to amaze and inspire me, and will carry me through the next few months as we await vaccine news and begin to find ways to gather together in person again.
So, while the holidays this year look and feel very different, the number of things we have to be thankful for outweigh those we don’t.
A talented and committed team
Over the past eight months, our team has moved from designing and executing physical, in-person meetings – and logging thousands of miles every month – to helping clients translate their visions into exceptional virtual experiences, and turning their homes into studios. Despite the changes to the way we work and how we deliver experiences, our team has remained as steadfast as ever in their commitment to creativity, superior client relations and seamless teamwork.
Long-standing client partnerships
Incredibly, we have been working with many of our clients for decades. Those organizations continue to trust us with the important job of designing and executing experiences aimed at delivering value for their members and attendees, a responsibility we don’t take lightly. Our clients – whether they’ve just joined the Projection family or have been with us since the 1980s – have taken risks, stepped outside of their comfort zones, dreamed big and reached new heights since March. And, they trusted us to do all of that alongside them.
An industry that doesn’t give up
Despite widespread job losses, travel restrictions and local/national closures, the people who make up the meetings and events industry have come together in unexpected, and inspiring, ways. We have seen creativity and innovation that will change the way we gather and design experiences well into the future. What an incredible group of people with which to be associated!
We, like most, enjoy looking ahead to a new season and new year that we hope will bring us all back together in person. But, for now, we are coming out of the Thanksgiving holiday and looking toward the new year, thankful for the many things – and people – that make this industry the best there is.
Happy Holidays from the entire Projection team.