EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

As we head into yet another week of lockdown, I hope that tonight’s editorial finds you and yours in good health and good spirits. If you and yours are at least in good health, I would be happy with that alone.

I will admit that with each passing day it is getting harder and harder to remember what life was like before the novel coronavirus. I was speaking with Bruce Lynn earlier in the day. (As one of my Co-Chairs, and my business partner in The FECG, I do try to call him several times a week to see what ideas he has and to test his reaction to some of mine.) I remember fondly our lunches at Gold’s Delicatessen in nearby Westport. As we were speaking, I had to catch myself to not say “why don’t we have lunch?” Hopefully someday soon we’ll be able to do just that.

But, until that happy day when life returns to what used to pass for normal, it is vitally important that all of us keep putting one foot in front of the other. (Even though your travels may be limited to the confines of your own home.)

The situation with which the world is faced has no easy solutions. What is worse is that no one is going to be coming to you or to me for an answer. This being the case, I would suggest you work on what you can. (Resumes, 90-second announcements, building your inner circle of friends, etc.)

The FENG’s leadership group, which includes our esteemed area chairs and our dedicated administrative staff, is working on new ways to deliver our job search and career advice.

Just as the Internet changed everything, the world of work is going to be dramatically changed once again. I have been spending a portion of every day reaching out to the experts I have gotten to know over the years. My plan is to work with them on creating exceptional programing for your benefit.

If you would like to recommend a great speaker, please send me their full contact information and I will be in touch with them. As I mentioned in a recent newsletter, we have gone all in on Zoom. Now that we are no longer bound by physical meetings, we can deliver a national audience. Hopefully they will find that attractive.

So, with your help, The FENG will “just keep going.” I hope each of you will do the same. After all, it’s not like we have a choice.

Besides, giving up is overrated.

Regards, Matt

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