Seven Secrets to a Successful Meeting

By Bruce Fears President, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging | October 28, 2008

Are your company's training sessions designed to inspire maximum creativity, innovation and productivity? In a successful session, participants are actively engaged, groups are collaborating successfully and energy levels are high. A successful meeting or training can help improve overall quality and produce results that ultimately contribute to the bottom line of your organization.

Don't expect this article to give you the usual dry academic concepts. My goal is to share with you ideas that have sprung from real-life situations where goals have been met in new and exciting-and sometimes unconventional-ways.

1. Book a venue with a new view

Choosing a destination is one of the first-and most crucial-choices. Instead of something typical, planners should consider how location might broaden participants' horizons-literally. Even a small change of place-or pace-gives a different perspective and a refreshing sense of separation from everyday routines. So if your company typically sends groups to the city, try the experience of a country setting with wooded surroundings and invigorating recreational activities.

A meeting room with a view offers the benefit of a new viewpoint on business and provides a scenic backdrop for brainstorming.

If you normally spend your workdays in suburbia, a vibrant urban environment can offer attendees a stimulating alternative as well as opportunities to enjoy non-traditional dining, athletic or cultural events. For example, consider a meeting space that is situated in one of North America's beautiful national parks.

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