5. Be flexible and get moving.
Flexibility and movement apply to both the planning process and physical activity. “Business moves fast and that means that sometimes the best laid plans need some adjustment,” Royalty says. “So, the ability to adapt and change is imperative.” Just as flexibility is important in planning, it’s also important for our bodies. She suggests having a brainstorming session while standing or stretching or playing some music and have a dance party to celebrate a big idea. Moving around gets the blood flowing and can spark new ideas. Invite a fitness-enthusiast employee to lead the group in an exercise routine. Just be sure to communicate this to your facility and choose a location with enough space.
6. Serve food.
When blood sugar levels tank, so do the ideas. The right food can make all the difference. Missy Handyside, General Manager at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center says, “Meeting planners should be cautious when selecting food items—heavy lunches and snacks can sometimes make attendees tired for the remainder of the meeting. We recommend healthy options like our fresh-baked granola bars, fresh fruit, light lunches and, yes, lots of caffeine.” A fully-equipped meeting space is ideal because food can be ordered ahead of time and brought in quietly at specific, requested times while a wait-staff can ensure the coffee and other beverages never run low.
7. Make it social.
Strategic planning is a great opportunity to share company branding and goals on social media. Royalty recommends taking pictures. “Group selfies are always a good idea,” she says. Bring a selfie stick and grab some candid shots of the higher-ups playing games and having fun. Look for fun backdrops at your meeting space and strike a pose. This makes it feel more festive during the meeting but also shows off team camaraderie to your social media followers.