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04 Nov 2019

Organising festive meetings

December can be a tricky month to keep your team motivated, as there are many different distractions and activities that can steer your teams’ direction, particularly in meetings.

We round up the best ways to keep your team engaged and enhance productivity levels this season.

  1. Take the meeting off-site

Usually, at the end of the year, there’s items on the agenda that you’ll need to review, and you’ll need to analyse the years’ performance. One of the best ways to keep your team enthused is to take your meeting off-site – a new environment can provide a fresh way of thinking.

Why not take advantage of the intelligent event spaces at Emirates Old Trafford? We have a variety of venues, including the award-winning The Point and the Pavilion that you can tailor to your needs – whether it’s a team building exercise or annual meeting, our expert Events Team will help work with you to create the perfect meeting.

  1. Meeting activities

Instead of the generic Powerpoint presentation, why not use different software to keep your team engaged?

If you’re rounding up end of year stats, why not create an interactive quiz? That way, your team are more likely to participate and remember crucial information. Or, if you’re brainstorming, why not use the ‘round the room’ technique and get your team to write ideas down on post-its, before reviewing various ideas.

  1. Festive decorations

Why not start the meeting fifteen minutes earlier, bring a small Christmas tree with you and get the team to decorate the tree? Not only is it a great way to start the meeting in a positive way, but it’s also a great team-building exercise.

  1. Charity initiative

A nice way to end the year could be to do a charity initiative. Perhaps finish your meeting with a visit to a local children’s hospital or food shelter, giving back to the community is a great way to end the year.

Whether it’s a shoebox appeal or a donation to one of your chosen charities, why not club together and create something special?

  1. Relaxed environment

Keep in mind that it is the season to be jolly, so you may want to adopt a more relaxed approach to your meetings. Playing festive music in the background or putting out some seasonal snacks will help create a more relaxed environment and will put your team at ease. And, if you want to go that extra mile, why not create a Christmas jumper dress code? 

A relaxed environment can also help to spark discussion, as there’s different elements in the background that will encourage your team to feedback ideas.

If you’d like to organise your festive meeting, our Events Team would love to hear from you. Give them a call on 0161 282 4020, email or fill out our enquiry form.