Blog: Moving forward & feeding the optimism
“I SENSE A SPIRIT OF RESILIENCE. A DESIRE TO KEEP THINGS MOVING FORWARD.”
In response to COVID-19 challenges, The Water Council moved swiftly to leverage its relationships with its partners in government and the private sector to support its members. In Europe, we’re extending the same philosophy of meaningful connection across our international relationships as well — and even more so. Here are a few of our strategies for the coming months:
CONTINUE NURTURING OUR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
Like with any audience, it takes a long time to build trust and confidence, but it takes only a short time to lose it. What I’ve found in recent meetings is that my contacts are still open for business, even if it means working from home locations. If anything, people are making themselves more available than before.
TRANSITION TO A VIRTUAL MINDSET
The new normal of virtual communications is upon us, at least for the next few months, and perhaps longer. We’re making efforts to maintain being connected with our international partners via Zoom, which actually provides more, rather than fewer, opportunities to do so; just this week our international water community joined together to turn lockdown into laughter in a virtual pub quiz. Kudos to Andrew Walker for transferring his in-person facilitation skills to virtual ‘pub landlord’ and quizmaster.
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By Beverley Ferrara