Effective Methods to Motivate Groups and Build Relationships
By Andy Dolce Founder, Chairman & Managing Partner, Dolce International | February 20, 2010
As service providers, those of us in the hospitality industry are limited to how much of a meeting's content we can successfully and reasonably affect. But after 28 years in the meetings and conference industry, we have observed and applied some valuable insights on how to guide our clients as they decide the content, tone and agendas of their meetings and conferences. What we have learned is that it doesn't have to require big budgets, world-renowned speakers or even a purpose-built meetings and conference facility to pull off a meeting that will leave the attendees inspired and motivated to meet their business and organizational challenges with gusto. What it actually takes is proper planning and a conference service staff that is intelligent, savvy, intuitive and driven to exceed its client's expectations. The following are some best practice tips to help your clients meet their team building and motivational goals.
1. Team-building with Impact
To make the most of the team building portion of a client's meeting or conference, the best thing meeting planners can do is to conceptualize and execute an exercise that has a clearly relevant connection to the way that business is actually conducted.
A situation as such can be easily successful when a savvy, well-researched conference planner steps in and asks the right questions. Asking the right questions goes hand-in-hand with understanding your client's business which is perhaps the single most valuable thing you can offer as a meeting and conference professional. Unless you have had personal experience in that industry, the only way you can know the intricacies of how your client does business and what they hope to accomplish during their event is to ask pertinent, insightful and intuitive questions. The right questions could include:
What does success mean to your organization?
What are you looking to accomplish through this meeting?