Know your objectives
What’s the purpose of your event? Is it to plan for the future, drive behaviour change, strengthen team bonds, or celebrate? Perhaps it’s all of the above.
Whatever you hope to achieve, keeping your objectives in mind when planning your event will help you make the right choices at every stage of the process, from choosing a venue to creating an agenda.
Get the venue right
The venue you choose has the ability to define the entire experience. It can make or break your event.
The first thing to think about is location. Perhaps you need somewhere local, or somewhere close to an airport to make it more accessible for colleagues joining from abroad. Maybe you are looking for somewhere rural, or a city location.
Then you will need to consider what type of venue would suit your event. How much space do you need? How customisable does the space need to be? Are you looking for somewhere unique and different? Do you need accommodation onsite? Or perhaps you are just looking for something unique and exciting that will wow your colleagues.
You will also need to think about the technology capabilities you will need. A strong internet connection and sound AV technology are likely to be crucial to your offsite meeting. A good venue should provide these for free, but the standard will vary, so it’s always a good idea to check the capabilities.
Being clear on what you want from the venue will help you to narrow down your search.