In the last post, we talked about hosting your workshop at a hotel. While hotels are great, I LOVE Conference Centers. If this is your first time hosting a full day or multi day workshop, I highly recommend using a Conference Center. And here is why:
Conference Centers are specifically built for business meetings. Many are smaller and are perfect to accommodate meetings for 30-75 people. However, there are some that can handle meetings that are substantially larger than that.
It should be comfortable to sit and learn for 8 hours per day. Accredited Conference Centers have ergonomic swivel chairs with arms, tables with hard writing surfaces and walls that are suitable for tacking up flipchart paper.
Conference Centers offer all inclusive packages, such as Day Meeting Packages, which includes your meeting room, standard AV, continuous break stations (snacks and drinks), as well as lunch. A Complete Meeting Package includes all of the above, plus a sleeping room and breakfast and dinner. This makes it super easy to budget for your meeting.
Did I mention great food? The included continuous break stations are just that: continuous and plentiful. No ordering coffee by the gallon, because how many gallons does your audience go through? You can take a break when ever you want. The food will be there and is continuously refreshed.
The included lunch means your attendees won’t have to go off-site to eat, which saves time and makes sure they come back for the remainder of your workshop and the opportunity to buy into your program. Usually, the buffet set up is comprehensive and tables are already reserved for your group. The fact that your group eats together gives you a way to offer another benefit to your attendees: a networking opportunity.
All in all, hosting your workshop at a conference center makes it easy for you to budget for your event. Most everything, even the standard audiovisual equipment is already included. You don’t have to worry about planning menus and ordering coffee by the gallon. So you can concentrate on what you do best: grow your business.