Regardless of how we feel about about vaccines, COVID-19 and new variants, they may affect some of the events that are happening now. Keep in mind, these are events that you've solidified within the past year and the events you are applying to now are for the future, will be different. Here's a few tips to keep you focused if some of your events are being canceled.
There are events being planned everyday. We saw no slow down during 2020 of call for speakers and event planners started doing more hybrid (virtual and in person) events to help alleviate the stress some attendees may have had with attending in person events, Hybrid is here to stay, so be prepared to do a virtual speech in addition to the ones you do on stage. Your worst move is to stop marketing yourself, you need to do this consistently.
Vaccine Cards. We are seeing a slow spike in events asking for vaccine certificates for speakers, attendees and exhibitors. Obviously, this is a personal choice, so do as you see fit for you. If you feel compelled, you can refrain from speaking at the shows that are requiring this or just offer a virtual option for speaking and training to private companies or colleges that ask for this. Most companies like the virtual option as its less expensive as they are not funding your travel expenses. Its always good to have other options available regardless.
Travel plans. Most of us like to make our travel arrangements early to save money, its better to wait 4 or 3 weeks prior, just in case something happens in the city you are flying to, new travel restrictions, etc. This way you are not tying up your funds unnecessarily if the event is canceled or postponed.
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