Or how to host a successful AHEAD Europe 2020 ‘Virtual Masquerade’ Online Gathering in ten easy steps...
1) SAVE THE DATE
6pm GMT – 16 November 2020 at www.aheadawards.com
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2) GET A GANG TOGETHER
Hit up your industry mates – clients, colleagues and collaborators. Think about the folk you would usually sit with or seek out at a real life AHEAD Awards and give them a shout. This is the perfect excuse to rekindle relationships that may have fallen by the wayside in recent months.
3) SCHEDULE A ZOOM …
...or your video platform of choice. There is no need to pre-register to watch AHEAD Europe, and no need to get to grips with yet another new-fangled networking tool. Just meet via video using whatever you are most comfortable with and tune in at 6pm to watch the Winners Webcast.
And please don’t forget to invite us! Send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will drop in to say hi during the proceedings.
4) FILL THE FRIDGE…
This is an evening do that’s usually fuelled with its fair share of fizz. It’s cold outside, chances are you are on lockdown, and well...because COVID, consider this our gift to you...a cast-iron excuse to crack open a bottle on a Monday night. Why not get creative with some cocktail-shaking, canape-making or guilt-free delivery to keep you and your guests going through the evening?
5) BE THE HOST WITH THE MOST
We recommend you nominate a host to dim the lights, mute the mics and screenshare the awards presentation itself. It’s in two parts, from 6pm to approx 6.40pm then 7pm to 7.40pm. So use the break to get snapping and sharing (see below for hashtags), top up your glasses and spend some more quality time with your gang. You can still chat in the sidebar as the awards are screened.
6) MAKE AN EFFORT
AHEAD is always a glamorous occasion and we don’t want this year to be any different even if we’re stuck at home. So dig out that tux or ballgown that’s been languishing in the wardrobe all year. Still looking for inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page.
7) GET YOUR GAME-FACE ON
Yes 2020 has been the year of the mask, and let’s face it we’ve all seen enough of these for a lifetime. But this is a Masquerade Ball so we want to see your finest facewear – it doesn’t have to be sophisticated Venetian couture. The funnier, the furrier, the funkier the better..let your imagination run riot. Although maybe not this far…
8) WHADDYAMEAN YOU DON’T HAVE A MASK?!
Well don’t you worry about it, we have totally got your back (or your front at least). Check out this amazing link on how to create a virtual facemask in just a few clicks of a button. We promise you won’t regret it. After this your video calls will never be the same again…
9) DON’T JUST WEAR IT – SHARE IT!
Don’t let all that effort go to waste by keeping it amongst your inner circle. Get social and show us your snaps, snippets and screengrabs using our hashtags:
10) DON’T BE LATE...
..for this special opportunity to catch up with people you may not have seen for a while. We suggest you meet at least 30-60 mins early (around 5-5.30 pm) so you can hang out for ‘pre-dinner drinks’ before the presentation begins at 6pm.
...AND STAY TUNED
Once the awards have finished, we’ll be going live on Instagram for some instant red carpet reaction from our nominees and winners, and to hear the final announcements of the Best-Dressed awards. Prizes will be won for the victors, tears will be shed for the runners-up, but by tomorrow it will all seem like some crazy COVID anxiety dream….