The Big Cheese

Life in the time of COVID-19 with BCEC’s Michael Duckworth

A drum set is one of the many things keeping Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre’s director of technology and innovation sane. However, he probably can’t say the same for his neighbours.

Here’s what Michael Duckworth had to say to The Nibbler about his life in the time of the coronavirus pandemic:

What are you reading?

The Gospel According to Luke by Steve Lukather.

What are you watching?

The Last Dance and After Life on Netflix.

I’m also rapidly depleting the music-related documentaries available online.

What are you listening to?

A lot of digital radio, podcasts and vinyl classics.

What are you cooking?

Greek-style feta and meatballs, and Marley Spoon of course!

How are you staying fit both physically and mentally?

Bike riding, playing drums, walks with the family, and getting busy outside with all the jobs that I’ve put off since Christmas.

What’s the one thing keeping you sane?

Playing music and working with our team on new products and integrated tools that we can launch on the other side of this global situation.

Virtual meetings with co-workers and industry professionals has also been a lifeline of sanity.

What’s something positive you’ve witnessed or experienced since the coronavirus hit?

I’ve seen a lot of people use this slow-down of life in general as a chance to recharge and reconnect with their families at home and friends online.

I also see these online platforms becoming a major support solution as we re-emerge into the new event industry.

What have you learned about yourself amid the crisis?

That I miss the daily interaction with our BCEC team en masse.

What’s your advice for others in the travel industry on coping with the crisis?

This won’t last forever, we will gather again, we will network again, and we will travel again. Until then, we need to stay focused on the positives and resist the temptation to dwell on the negatives.

We also need to remember to support one another not only in our immediate industry but everyone we interact with. This situation affects everyone and together we will regain our footing.