The past six weeks have been rough here on Long Island. As a stand alone, the Island has the second most confirmed cases of Corona Virus in the country. We have been limiting social contact since St. Patricks day, way back in the middle of March. We have friends that have contracted it, most are ok…a couple are struggling with it now. And a couple of family members of friends have succumb to it and past on…Tragically…
It’s lonely being housebound for 6 weeks, for all of us. I played my last night of tennis the Thursday before St. Pats. My last pickleball game that Saturday. And unfortunately my last round of golf three weeks later, as the governor shut my last escape physically to all of us 10 days ago (rightfully so). I’m fortunate to be doing o.k. …..a weekend walk with my neighborhood boys club, there are 4 of us, keeps us from the brink of craziness. And one to two walks around the neighborhood each day (weather permitting) with Pandora cranked to 10 in my earbuds…. thank god for the music of STP, The Foo fighters, Tool, and a myriad of 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s classic rock.
My work had some interruptions in March, fortunately we have gotten some of our client work back virtually the past two weeks. All my teaching is on-line too. So financially we are handling the strong winds of change. I would say we are more fortunate than most.
This Spring’s Conference Season is a train wreck. I just completed taping two sessions for SHRM Talent. The conference is going virtual. It feels weird doing a taped presentation in front of a computer on ZOOM. More like I am teaching a class or taping a class on-line. My timing was way off too. My 18 minute Smart Stage came in at a paltry 12 minutes and change….my hour presentation is still being edited and I estimate maybe 32 – 33 minutes. I have done over 2 dozen live SHRM major events and I usually come in a couple minutes under the wire. But no introduction, Q&A, and audience banter soak up a significant amount of time….so my 52 minute Agism was cut by about a third. I’m sure SHRM and the audience will understand. I was not short selling the presentations….just didn’t factor in the extras not being there. And to be honest, I didn’t want to fluff extra into the presentations.
The remainder of the conference calendar year is in doubt too. I have a freebie to SHRM national in San Diego the end of June (courtesy of the blogger debacle), but I doubt that conference will survive….Johnnie Taylor (CEO of SHRM) is giving May 4th as the decision date….but my money is on cancelling this one… Maybe I will squeeze in a local presentation at one of the SHRM chapters later this year….And talking about chapters, I have been helping out the Long Island chapter with ideas for future programming and have stepped into an interim volunteer role assisting with programming…if you have a cool topic…hit me up to discuss….
What I feel terrible about, aside from no sports and golf…to play or watch, is my Adelphi students. I have an undergraduate class with 9 seniors graduating with no graduation ceremony….and an MBA class of NYU – Winthrop Hospital Administrators and Professionals. They are unbelievable juggling the pandemic and life….and they show up every week for my class on-line.
They are unsung hero’s.
So that is my update for now….I hope the rough winds die down soon…..and I hope all reading this are safe!