Typically, summer is a quiet time for TRG as companies take a break from meetings and events while employees take vacations and spend time with family. It will be a little different this year for TRG as we continue to pick up speed on our return to normal. We are looking forward to a few summer events that continue to use a virtual platform and as we gear up for a busy travel season of live events in the fall.
In 2020, virtual meetings were born from necessity. We still needed to find a way to connect without traveling and while maintaining health and safety standards. What became clear as time went on is that the power of connecting in-person is strong and irreplaceable. As we begin to turn the corner on this historic pandemic, we have an opportunity to re-imagine everything we know about how we meet and why we meet.
Spring is in full bloom and at TRG we are excited for the new life the season brings. News of vaccinations across the country brings a feeling of hope as we look towards a brighter future for all and a chance to gather in person again.
Zoom fatigue. It’s a real thing. But when corporations must relay information, answer questions from their attendees and celebrate accomplishments, there is a lot of time that needs to be allocated to the virtual attendee sitting in front of their computer.
In February 2020, TRG Teammates were traveling for events and video productions across the country. While TRG Teammates might not be traveling right now, we are still busy working to produce events and videos for our partners. For 2021 we are seeing that virtual events will continue to dominate the first half of the year, while our fall and early winter calendar is rapidly filling with in-person and hybrid events.
People have been gathering since the beginning of time. As social beings, we crave interaction with others. Major life events from birthdays to graduations to weddings are celebrated with others in gatherings large and small. We find joy in connecting with others through shared interests or experiences. Those connections can and often do lead to innovation, new ideas and processes.
We, like so many of you, look forward to a return to in-person events. We understand the responsibility we have to create a safe environment for attendees as well as our crew. The Pandemic On-site Protocol Certification course presented by the Event Leadership Institute provided a wealth of information upon which the protocols for TRG were developed. Our protocols cover crew health and safety as well as attendee seating arrangements and traffic flow within meeting areas.
As we have all learned over the last few months, virtual events come in a variety of styles. From casual Zoom gatherings, to full green screen sets with pre-recorded video presentations and much in-between. It can be daunting to navigate the options and understand what the best options are for your team.
Happy New Year from TRG! Much has been said already about 2020 so we will not dwell on the past but rather look optimistically to the future. In 2001, we began our journey as an event production business in our previous organization which in 2013 became TRG Meeting Partners. We have seen many changes, advancements, and innovations in event production over the last 20 years and are excited to see where the industry is going. TRG will continue to innovate and drive advancement as a company as we move into the future.