4 Ways To Celebrate At Your Event

I wrapped up a big deal for one of our management clients the other day.  What was the first thing we did?  Celebrated, of course.  It might be as little as a muffin from Panera or as big as a steak from Stoney River, but we celebrate everything at my company.

I find it to be rewarding and gratifying when something big comes together (especially if it’s a big project I’ve had a hand in), and we, as a company, take that opportunity to celebrate those victories.

Do you take the opportunity to celebrate achievements?

Celebrating these big accomplishments is a great addition to any upcoming retreat or event your company is doing.

How do you do celebrate?  Here are 4 ideas:

  1. Concert.  Bring in a band, solo artist or DJ to juice up the celebrating.  If you really want to have some fun, do some karaoke.  That’s one way of getting your employees to get out of their comfort zone.
  2. Nice dinner.  Let’s face it, we all like a nice dinner.  Especially if it’s something we wouldn’t personally splurge on like steak or lobster.  You get the general idea.
  3. Movie night.  Grab your favorite movie treat and settle in for a nice movie.  If you’re off on a retreat, do it later in the night, and have your attendees wear their PJs (nothing too crazy here.)
  4. Bowling.  At your next event, take a field trip to a local bowling alley and knock down some pins.  To really get people mingling, mix up departments.

Remember that whatever you do to celebrate, the key word is “fun”!  Your company (or team) is celebrating.  You can’t watch a movie like The Notebook.  It’s got to be something fun and exciting!!

Have you added a celebration night to your event?  What has worked for your company?

3 Ways To Make Retreat Lessons Memorable

Everyone knows that information and lessons learned at retreats can help attendees for a lifetime, but getting them to remember and utilize the information is the key to success and a life closer to Christ. It’s simple to learn a lesson, believe in and understand it, then a week later either forget about it or push it in the back of your head. So, while what you teach at a retreat is important, the knowledge they take home afterwards is equally as vital to their growth as Christians. Here are 3 tips to take care of during the day or weekend to ensure your lessons will be remembered, implemented, and lived for years to come.

  1. Whether your guests are students or adults, singles or couples, first-time attendees or veterans, they must write down notes and ideas. Giving them a small notebook and pen is great for note taking during discussions and can also serve as a journal for writing down a synopsis of the day before they fall asleep. Giving guests an outline of the speaker’s notes can help them to follow along during a lesson. Or, you can also create a study guide with questions to answer at the end of a discussion or on the attendees’ own time to think deeper about lessons taught. Frequently rereading their notes could easily bring the attendees back to that retreat feeling of love, worship, praise, adoration, and closeness with Jesus Christ.
  2. When teaching a lesson, implement what you’re saying into your attendees’ possible or likely routine. For example, instead of just saying, “This is how to talk with God when you’re in a stressful situation,” say something like, “This is how to talk with God when you’re in a stressful situation, like before a final exam, during your driving test, on a first date, or even in a more serious situation like if your parents are fighting or going through a divorce.” Giving specific examples will make it easier for the kids (and adults) to bring that information home and implement it in their lives.
  3. Giving prayer tips at your retreat can change a person for a lifetime. All Christians pray, right? But that doesn’t mean we do it correctly, or in the way that Jesus would want. Teaching retreat attendees a daily task such as this one will stick in their brains. Getting back to the feeling of being at a retreat is difficult, but repeating activities that took place there could evoke the thoughts and emotions felt during that unforgettable time.

 What are some other ways to help retreat guests remember lessons when they arrive home?

7 Questions To Ask Your Event Coordinator

Every group that brings a meeting, conference or retreat to Glorieta or Ridgecrest is assigned an event coordinator from our staff. The same is true for pretty much any other meeting venue as well. This person’s responsibility is to work closely with the group leader or meeting planner to ensure the best possible experience for their group.

If you’re the group leader or meeting planner, please be sure to take full advantage of all your meeting coordinator has to offer. This individual is typically someone who works with dozens, if not hundreds, of groups each year and can be a great source of knowledge and information for you. It would be major mistake not to take advantage of that experience. After all, that’s why they’re there!

With that in mind, here are 7 questions you definitely want to ask your event coordinator during the planning process:

  • How long does it take to get from one location to another on campus? – Depending on the size of the facility you’re using, this could be a significant time factor. When planning out your schedule, be sure to allow time for participants to get from location to another.
  • Where do my people go upon arrival on campus? – Telling your folks where to go once they arrive will help to eliminate a good deal of potential confusion and frustration.
  • What is there to do for free time activities, both on campus and in the surrounding area? Excellent info to share with attendees before they leave for the meeting/retreat. Allows them to plan and pack accordingly.
  • What other groups will be on campus the same time as us? – Not that you would have any say, but just knowing can help head off any potential issues before they happen.
  • What do we do in case of emergency? – At Ridgecrest and Glorieta we want people to contact us so that we know where to direct emergency personnel when they arrive on campus.
  • Can we bring in our own food for snacks/meals? – Most hotels/conference centers will not allow you to bring in your own food. If this is something you’d like to do, it never hurts to ask.
  • Can we reserve a section in the dining room for our group? – If you’re the only group on campus this is not really an issue. However, if yours is one of several groups, this is definitely something to ask about.

What about you? What are some other questions you’ve learned to ask ahead of time?