A date to remember

Paul Colston | CMW

Nick Gold, MD of Speakers Corner and president of the International Association of Speaker Bureaus, discusses how to use special dates to bind teams and communities together in 2021. The calendar is full of important dates to celebrate achievements, such as International Women’s Day (8 March), or to highlight key issues within society, such as World Mental Health Day (10 October). Pre-Covid-19, these significant dates were more easily acknowledged and celebrated when we were physically in the workplace, however this does not mean they should go unnoticed this year despite remote working and social distancing. It is easier and perhaps more important than ever for businesses to stage a virtual event, bring in a speaker and deliver thought provoking content. Event organisers and meeting planners can use the calendar to bring their teams/communities together. Each day we interact within this virtual world we improve on how to best communicate and engage with our customers, colleagues, and teams. We become used to those enforced longer pauses between one person speaking and the next person responding as we wait to double check the speaker has finished, and then virtually look round the room to check if anyone is going to...

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