Meetings & Social Functions – The Emotional Side

meetings and social functions photoMeetings & Social Functions Are Not Over

Meetings & Social Functions are dormant for now. Just like the rebirth of Spring, we will return to business and life eventually. We will have learned valuable lessons about health and safety. With any luck, our meetings and social functions in the future will be more focused and more productive. We will all appreciate our fellow attendees and guests just a little more than before. Humans are social creatures. In general, we do not do well in isolation from others of our species. However, we do adapt extremely well and that encourages me for the future, regardless of the challenge facing us.

Not Afraid, Simply Cautious

You will be invited to a social function in the near future. Your employer may likely gather you and other employees for retraining sessions when the current crisis eases. How will you react to these “invitations”? Many of you may feel fear, some may feel a sense of dread or simply experience a feeling of unease. Especially when confronted by new meetings and social functions. These are all completely normal reactions to perceived dangers. It is how you react to these feelings that will be entirely up to you. Perhaps now is the time to examine your concerns and devise a plan to adapt to this new normal. We will likely see restrictions on gatherings for some time to come, so you will need to remain flexible above all else.

Courage Exists In Everyone

There is no right or wrong reaction to the current crisis confronting all of us. It will be reasonable to want to avoid meetings and social functions in the future. Each of us reacts differently to stresses and that’s normal. However, the good news is that YOU can change or control those feelings. Feelings of fear are nature’s way of protecting you. A built-in alarm system of sorts. Face your feelings, try to determine what exactly you fear and then figure out what you can do to either avoid or adjust to that fear. It will be easy for some people and extremely difficult for others. The one common point is that ALL of us will have these feelings to some extent. None of us are truly alone.

The Beacon Center Will Re-Open For Meetings & Social Functions

You can rest assured, The Beacon Center has been planning for our re-opening since the day we closed. We are already upgrading our facilities to ensure a healthier and safer venue for our renters and guests. We will be presenting those in a follow-up blog to this one. Ultimately, it is up to each of us to protect ourselves. Hand washing, social spacing and cleaning up after yourself will go a long way in this fight. In the meantime, keep planning your events. Focus on restarting life in a new and focused manner. With all this extra time on your hands, why not spend some of it on a virtual tour of our venue. We will be here when you are ready!

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Becky Stonebarger

About Becky Stonebarger

The Beacon Center is the collaborative effort of Husband and Wife team, Gil & Becky Stonebarger. Becky is the mastermind and driving force behind the Center, with Gil supporting her every step of the way. With over 50 yrs of combined experience in Hospitality, Becky & Gil finally realized their dream of an affordable, inspiring space for Businesses and Individuals alike to meet, train or just party. Becky has owned several businesses through the years and is very proud of her degree in Casino Management and is currently working on her Event Planning degree as well. Gil is a US Navy Veteran who has managed hospitality operations across the country for over 30 yrs. They have been happily married for over 30 yrs, have two daughters and two grandchildren.

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