Davos 2014: A day at Davos
- 24 January 2014
- From the section Business
What's it like to cover the biggest meeting of business and world leaders? In a nutshell, you can't expect much sleep. When I attended as a participant at the World Economic Forum at Davos, they were similarly long days.
So, here's a typical day...
I had breakfast at 6:30am and chatted with an Economics Nobel Laureate.
I then hot-footed it to BBC central to report live on the Today programme, write a blog, and monitor the speeches and the sessions.
Then, I conducted half a dozen interviews back-to-back of chief executives and policymakers, including the World Bank president, followed by more live broadcasting.
It was then time to to finish filming and editing our TV package. When I went to grab a cup of coffee and a sandwich, I found Goldie Hawn and Kofi Annan waiting to give interviews. That's the thing about Davos, you never know who you'll meet! For my part, I got to interview Matt Damon about Water.org together with the charity's co-founder Gary White.
I then skipped a reception with a royal and a dinner with George Soros to put the final touches to my show from Davos.
Around midnight, we managed to enjoy one of the parties that Davos is known for. Well, OK, only because we had an exclusive interview with a FTSE 100 chief executive and it was his party. And, it was only for a few minutes…
The day didn't end there. One of the challenges of Davos is that taxis are scarce. So, after ringing fruitlessly for a taxi (the earliest one on call could come at 3am), my producer, camerawoman and I were lucky enough to find a delegate who had a car and kindly agreed to take us to our hotels with our equipment.
Then, after a few hours of sleep, it was time to do it all over again.
For those who may recall my blog from the Apec summit in Bali, you'll notice that there isn't much time for meals. That remains the best advice that I have received, which is to always eat a good breakfast!