Thoughts and recommendations for CYBER HITEC!
— 12 experts shared their view
For obvious reasons, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) announced last week that this year's HITEC will pivot to a virtual edition called "Cyber HITEC." I guess most of you have been participating and attending in a variety of online event formats over the past 3 months... and you probably had some good, some bad, and maybe some great online experiences originating from creative minds.
So the question I would like to ask you is to share your personal best experiences so far and recommendations for team HFTP... supporting them to make CYBER HITEC a success!
Hospitality Technology Consultant
As individuals and as an industry we are by nature hopeful and optimistic. These traits have been repeatedly demonstrated during this pandemic by our laser focus on the recovery, which we want to happen right now! It is however, becoming increasingly apparent that is not going to happen that quickly.
I would like CYBER HITEC to include a session on preparing ourselves mentally for a long, difficult recovery, one that will require patience, mental readiness for setbacks, and possibly, for repeated disappointments.
It would be helpful to hear about techniques to prepare ourselves, our families, our friends and our colleagues (or former colleagues) for lay-offs, business shutdowns, employment application rejections, illness and sadly, death of family or friends.
It is clear that the next two or three years will not be “business as usual”, we are not likely to sprint back to “normal”.
Hardship has always been present, but fortunately, most of us have been spared deep and prolonged contact with it. Over the last several decades we have been lucky. That said, we know that disruption and disappointment can be endured and overcome.
We know that there are techniques for maintaining positivity, for visualizing the return to “normal”, and for enduring challenges until we arrive successfully at the destination. A session to explain those techniques and reassure us that with patience and perseverance, we will prevail, would be useful and timely.