There are dozens of potentiel problems that start with scheduling meeting suppliers. Many does and don'ts that may or may not have an impact on the success or the failure of either a morning, a mid-afternoon or a cocktail meeting whatever the size.
Morning meetings are pleasant. Why? For simple reasons. The day is just starting and everyone is still rather relaxed, rather cheerful and rather happy to start a day of work and to spend time with co-workers or with customers before another rush day.
Emotionally intelligent people who are great listeners, who know with whom they have something in commun and who reinforce their likability by remembering small details about their customers and their coworkers.
That said, the first thing to do is to set up a credit program.
Facilities and equipment must be available, the presentation must be rehearsed and decisions regarding photos and film recordings must be taken in advance.
Audio-visual presentations are simple for those who know how to handle them but many different series of little problems can happen and, they should all be anticipated and solved before they occur.
Food is important and so are many different decisions since some participants may have allergies, others may have religious restrictions and others still may have specific requirements.
That said, catering managers must discuss the current state of the project, menus must be distributed and seasonal or house specials must be included. As for hotel procedures, meeting rooms and facilities must be reserved in advance so proper space is allocated to your guests and your team.
Send an email to your contact with a summary of all the items that will need to be shipped, make sure all the necessary packages are shipped on time, tell him or her about where they should be dropped off and arrange for a return shipment after the meeting.
Transportation is important if meetings are to be on time so, check the airports, the buses and the taxis. As for the miscellaneous items, provide name badges and directional identification signs, check all the tips and get senior management involved.
For the most part, finding the right location for a business meeting involves common sense groundwork such as asking others for recommendations, researching hotel accommodations, visiting different locations and watching for special offers.
Special offers during off-peak seasons when most if not all Montreal meeting rates in hotels drop dramatically or when city-wide activities have slowed down.
Try not to get locked into set dates for your company meeting and agenda. If your meeting planners can be flexible with several dates, or if they can allow a two to three week window, your company will have more time and more options to choose from.
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