Ever attended a large meeting that felt impersonal? Often, despite scheduled networking opportunities, attendees end up checking their phones or talking with people they already know during the breaks. Attendees find large meetings most successful when they were able to spark new connections, learn something new and enjoy a sense of place. Here are a few creative ways to give bigger events the boutique treatment with a memorable welcome, food & beverage options that actually encourage interaction, and opportunities to truly connect with fellow attendees.
Create a Vibe with Music
Music brings people together in a way that few things can. Set the tone for your meeting by curating a customized playlist that works for your group and location and check out our tips for when and how to incorporate music into your meeting. You can even share a link to these songs as a takeaway for your attendees once the event ends. Even better, create a real sense of surprise and delight by featuring a pop-up performance by a local artist during lunch or a break.
Learn the Local Cuisine
With a busy agenda, it’s rare for attendees to get the chance to explore the city where the meeting is held, much less get a taste of the local food scene. A great way to bring your destination to life is by featuring an interactive cooking demonstration or beverage tasting. From early morning Cubano coffee tastings in Miami to preparing fresh ceviche oceanside with a chef in San Diego, there are so many great opportunities to create experiences worth writing home about starring local cuisine.
Design a Space to Recharge
Sometimes, you just need a minute. Make sure to include smaller sanctuaries where attendees can break away to check emails and recharge. These areas are easy to create within the main meeting space or in a separate room. By including small arrangements of plush seating with charging ports you can ensure that everyone remains fully engaged during the meeting’s actual events rather than attempting to catch up on work.
For more tips on hosting the kind of meetings people remember and talk about for months, check out our 10 Foolproof Tips for Hosting a Memorable Meeting.