This week we’re talking to Emma who has worked for 6 years with MEETinLEEDS.
What excites you about the future of the events industry?
New opportunities. So much has changed in the world over the last couple of years. It’s so exciting that we are starting to meet face to face again, however it’s also amazing how the industry has quickly adapted to new digital opportunities. I recently had a discussion with an academic at the University who hopes to bring their international conference to Leeds in the future. Networking is such an important element of this particular event and their delegates can’t wait to be in the same room again – however they have also identified that hosting a digital element alongside the event will help to widen and grow their audience by creating opportunities for people to get involved who have not been in a position to in the past.
What do you think will be the most important skills in the future of the events industry?
Adaptability! This has always been an important skill for anyone in the events industry, even more so over the last 18 months. I think it’s important that we are all able to adapt as we shape the future of the industry and embrace new ways of delivering events.
What skills have you gained in the last year that you think will help you moving forward in events?
Communication – staying connected with colleagues has been so important for morale and motivation over the last year. I have appreciated every check in, team catch up, Zoom quiz and socially distanced walking meeting and I have tried to stay in touch with people as much as possible. It looks like remote working isn’t going anywhere in the future and these skills will be important moving forward to ensure that teams are connected, informed and involved – allowing us to build and maintain relationships, develop as individuals and teams, collaborate and sustain productivity.
What would be your dream event to work on?
FIFA World Cup – Especially if it ever came to the England. I’m not a football fan at all – but I love any event that creates hope, excitement, atmosphere, pride and togetherness. I think a World Cup would be so exciting to work on and would love to see cities and stadiums across the country involved in hosting!