Contributed by Rich Mulholland, an EO member in Cape Town and founder of Missing Link.
On 15 March 2020, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa–like many other world leaders–declared a national State of Disaster. This meant that there would be no public gatherings and that a lockdown was imminent. That’s bad news if you make your living from live conferences, like we did.
By the end of the day on the 16 March, 100 percent of our upcoming jobs were cancelled, and we hit revenue-zero.
I don’t remember being more excited in years!
With challenge comes opportunity
This was opportunity. You see, what I realized that week was that for the first time in my career, there were no experts. Nobody knew where to look. So I stood up.