Unprecedented and incredibly difficult. That’s the 2020 in which we find ourselves. While the coronavirus pandemic has decimated the live, face-to-face meeting and event landscape, there’s some reason to be hopeful. The meeting industry thrives due to the creative innovation of its community.
Many assistants and non-titled planners have had to learn and embrace videoconferencing on a regular basis; many others have been furloughed or find themselves out of a job. However, for most of these situations, the best way to move forward is through education, professional development and acquiring/honing necessary future-proof skills.
Resources in this edition of the Professional Development Guide include an updated list of scholarship opportunities and free (or low-cost) online education. You’ll also find an introduction to the new avatar-rich Plan Your Meetings live digital events (free to planners), dive into the racial inequity in the industry and more.