More than 1,500 business events professionals participated in our first biweekly survey about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic during the week of April 20. (Gabriele Diwald/Unsplash)
COVID-19 has disrupted many things, including our sense of time. While the period of quarantining might seem interminable, our current reality and attempts to plan for the future have never been more fluid. The business events landscape used to take months and months to change. With the pandemic, it changed overnight and continues to evolve — but even “evolve” doesn’t do our current environment justice because it implies a gradual rather than rapid shift.
When we sent out our first COVID-19 survey on the last day of March and closed it after several days to analyze the results, we realized that we would need to frequently check in with the business events community. Here are the results of our first biweekly survey of 1,500-plus professionals during the week of April 20, which can help us understand in as nearly real time as possible how the coronavirus is changing the work of business event designers and suppliers and get a sense of what a post-COVID-19 — or more precisely, in the absence of a vaccine or effective treatment, what a “living with COVID-19”— business events world could look like.
Look for us to be taking the industry’s pulse every other week. Get the full report by clicking the download button below.