What a great conference. Your industry just put on a fabulous show and you met tons of new contacts. You met the local reps from your company and learned a lot. Now it’s time to go home! Or is it? Think about it, not only are your local company personnel here, so are a couple of dozen of their counterparts from offices across the country. They are NEVER together at any other time. In fact, even the monthly video conferences that are held do nothing to promote relationships or real team feelings. You can feel an opportunity slipping away.
Post Conference Team Meetings
It is common for annual event organizers to hold post-conference sessions, discussing results, shortcomings and next year’s event. Organizations that attend these shows should do so also. The great missed opportunity for many companies is losing the synergy that comes from face to face employee gatherings. Most of your top people are likely in town for the big show. You spent a lot of money getting and keeping them there for the event. Why not extend those stays for another day? Set up a get together for all of your local folks and those from out of town branches. Once your staff disperses back across the state or country, new ideas and important feedback from those attending are usually lost. Your opportunity for widespread team building and information sharing is lost.
3 Suggestions For A Successful Conference Follow Up
- Find a neutral location: In Vegas, almost everything is within a few miles of the strip. You will want to make sure the spot you meet is centrally located to the conference attendees and local branch employees. Even better if you can find a location that is focused on commercial or business meetings.
- Gather Information and Ideas: Most of the ideas or information your people learn at conferences never makes it home. Your people get bombarded throughout a conference with all types of information and ideas. Don’t let yours get lost at the bottom of a goodie bag or in their luggage on the way back to work. Have your attendees bring all that knowledge with them to the post-conference get together.
- Keep it Short & Have Fun: Ok, so you already had a lot of funs and you’ve been here for four days. Everyone wants to go home…so keep your meeting short. Schedule 4-6 hours and then send them on their way. Maybe take this opportunity to roll out a new incentive program or just tell them how much they mean to the company.
The Beacon Center Is Your Answer
If you are in Las Vegas for a conference, The Beacon Center is your destination for a successful Post Conference Meeting. We are a business meeting focused venue, with a clean, bright and neutral decor. Perfect for your follow up information sharing and team building. We have flexible packages available and we can help you gather all that valuable information from your conference before it slips away.