I'm not sure if attendance for a conference that's going on right now is an indication of what people will attend in a year. Personally, I'm not eating at indoor restaurants and my vacation to Seattle will be a first time road trip instead of flight. I'm just not ready yet.Word is the Whirled Concrete event attendance was down 40%.
"Business conventions exist to prove how many employees a company can function without."
I think the future for many trade show/conventions is not positive. If one attends because there are new products or services to evaluate, or participate in continuing professional education, much of that can be done remotely without the expense of a LV trade show "booth". Yes, there are aspects of conventions and trade shows that lend themselves to in-person contact but there are more productive ways to accomplish those as well.
Right now it's carpe per diem and we should grab every bit of work we can. The pundits that Fortune 100 companies pay for prognostication are indicating a resurgence of Covid-19 in October. I hope they're wrong.
I think there are a combination of factors - much content can be consumed online, businesses that have remained productive while not in the office are finding out that using 4 to 7 days to send someone to a conference or convention is a big productivity hit, and that it costs a lot of money to put on and attend these events.I'm not sure if attendance for a conference that's going on right now is an indication of what people will attend in a year. Personally, I'm not eating at indoor restaurants and my vacation to Seattle will be a first time road trip instead of flight. I'm just not ready yet.
Hearing from people who were regulars to Apple's WWDC, LDI, AES etc., conventions are a time to connect with people you didn't have formal meetings scheduled for and demos of products you didn't realize existed. I know the Fancy Food show in SF was a place I went to every year to find the rows and rows of small businesses that didin't or couldn't advertise because of their size, but were plenty successful enough to operate and gain more exposure at the show, many of which I connected with and purchased from.
I guess I'm just thinking positive. My girlfriend rented out a private movie theatre for our anniversary and it was a great experience to go to the movies. I think there will a lot more public activity as vaccination rates get closer to a large majority and work stresses rise beyond always wanting to be stuck in front of your laptop at your dining room table.
I definitely don't want to push anyone to do anything they aren't comfortable with, but I want people to know that the there is very solid data showing you truly can trust the vaccine.I tend to agree. I'm fully vaxxed, but nothing is 100%. I will keep doing food pick-up instead of dining in restaurants. Home Depot and Kroger are still mask-on environments, and I have no desire to fly anywhere. If you find me in a public place without a mask, it's outside, and I don't care how "open" the governor or any other politician says we are.
I definitely don't want to push anyone to do anything they aren't comfortable with, but I want people to know that the there is very solid data showing you truly can trust the vaccine.
Mrs Gaff recently was told about some internal data about vaccine effectiveness at work. Out of all the vaccinated employees across the entire U.W. Medical System they have only had about 40 "break through cases" of Covid and only one of those was severe enough to require hospitalization (they recovered quickly and are fine). Covid is real. The risks are real. So I don't want to in any way belittle anyone's concern or caution about returning to normal life. But just take a moment and think about how many people work at Mountlake, Harborview, Fred Hutch, Northwest Hospital, Valley Medical, and the dozens of UW Neighborhood and specialty clinics all around the greater Seattle area. Then think about the level of exposure risk those people face every day in those hospitals and clinics compared to us civilians. If only one of those thousands of members of their medical staff has gotten severely sick in the 5+ months that they have all been vaccinated, you and I are at very low risks of getting it in our casual interactions at say a store or restaurant.
All of that said, I'm not recommending attending drunken parties in Daytona Beach. But my family is all vaccinated and we a planning a normal summer vacation in August.