No matter how nice an indoor meeting space is, and Kimpton hotels have some beautiful ones, there’s no substitute for the great outdoors. If you want to boost creativity and give attendees a change of scenery, consider taking your next meeting outside.
Here are six reasons why it’s worth a try:
A Fresh Air Infusion: We’ve all been victim to mid-meeting drowsiness. The solution? Fresh air. Most people get energized by breathing in fresh air, which will keep attendees awake and alert all day.
Inspired Team-Building: Start your meeting off on a zen foot with a yoga session. Or how about an afternoon relay race or spin through an obstacle course? There are tons of team-building activities you can take on when you get rid of the space constraints inherent with four walls.
A Dose of Healthiness and Happiness: You already know vitamin D is imperative for bone health, but research shows the sunshine vitamin also reduces your likelihood of getting the flu, fights depression, protects against heart disease, and boosts weight loss. For those worried about the sun’s less-illustrious effects (aka sunburn), bring some sunscreen to hand out.
The New Business Casual: There’s a time and a place for serious, but don’t underestimate casual environments. When people figuratively let their hair down, they also let their guards down, which can lead to innovative brainstorming and teamwork. Additionally, a new environment can supercharge creativity, providing just the inspiration needed for a novel idea.
Out-of-the-Ordinary Dining: Integrate lunch into the outdoor experience by doing something a little different. Hire a food truck to come by, go with picnic-style meals, or host a barbecue. You could even do a clambake, or end the day by having everyone gather around a fire pit to make s’mores.
#BestMeetingEver: Being outside can get attendees to stop staring at their screens and start paying attention to what’s around them. If you do want them to get social, there’s nothing more Insta-worthy than nature. We can just see the snaps now.