How to plan a successful seminar

Organising a seminar, workshop or conference is a complex task that takes planning, attention to detail and, of course, the perfect conference venue. Here are some tips from Idle Winds, a leading conference venue near Pretoria.  Know your goals: First, decide on the size of your seminar, your budget, how many speakers you will be having and what their technological needs will be. Choose a venue: In addition to being available on your dates and meeting your size, budget and tech requirements, your conference centre needs to have the correct seating style and atmosphere for your seminar as well as be an easy trip for your guests and speakers to make. Catering and accommodation: Your venue needs to be able to cater for everything from snacks and full meals to private dining options, should you require them. For overnight or weekend seminars, you will also need a venue with enough onsite accommodation. Create event communication materials: This includes printed and/or electronic invitations, printed agendas, attendee gifts, name badges and event signage. Confirm the event setup: It’s important to work with your venue to ensure that your seminar setup goes smoothly and problem-free. Give them enough time to set up properly and be sure to arrive well before your seminar to walk through the setup, make any last minute changes and confirmations.  Comfortable, well-appointed conference facilities just 14kms from Fourways Our fully-air conditioned conference village is set in tranquil, well-maintained gardens, encouraging an atmosphere of relaxation and stress-free focus. With six modern conference rooms to choose from, including a 400-seat theatre-style venue, we can comfortably accommodate up to 500 people per day. We can also host overnight conferences and can offer you accommodation in our well-appointed 58 double and twin rooms. All of our catering is high quality and our luncheons take place in a private function venue of your choice. In addition to conference and seminar facilities, we also offer a range of team building packages that can be utilised separately or in conjunction with your conference package – the ideal way for your team to relax and wind down! For more information on our conference packages or to visit our facilities in person, please don’t hesitate to contact us today and speak to our friendly, experienced staff.  Back to conference venue near...

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Teambuilding tips for sparking creativity

There are many reasons to run a teambuilding exercise, including helping team members to get to know each other better and helping them recognise their strengths. These exercises can also help your employees to think out of the box and develop creative ideas and solutions for your project, say the organisers at Idle Winds, a top teambuilding venue near Johannesburg. Immerse yourself in new experiences: The biggest limitations to our creativity are our own limited experiences. Fully committing to new experiences helps to expand our worldview and reimagine our processes. Choose a totally new teambuilding exercise to encourage your employees to try new things, suggest entering team races together outside of work and encourage feedback. Challenge assumptions: When thinking about company processes, so many answers to why we do things the way we do them is simply “But that’s just how it’s done here”. Getting creative means challenging these assumptions, finding which ones work and which ones can be changed in new and more productive ways. Are these industry norms or do your competitors operate in a different way? You’ll be surprised how some constructive debate can open up new opportunities! Involve other departments: Do you always book team building packages just for your finance department? Or just your marketing marketing department? You might be surprised what some interdepartmental input could do for your team’s perspective! Challenge your current business model: Placing theoretical constrains on your business model is a great way of encouraging employees to think beyond their current situation. “What if” scenarios can reveal some interesting opportunities to expand your business, for example, “What if your customers can only contact you through online channels?” or “What if the price of your product suddenly increases dramatically?”.  Get those creative juices flowing with teambuilding packages from our venue near Johannesburg At Idle Winds, our venue staff develops and facilitates fully customisable team building packages that are created to meet your company’s specific requirements. While we offer a wide range of activities, our most popular choices include: Quad biking challenges Gumboot Dancing The 6 Nations Cocktail Challenge Giant Foosball Fire walking Minute to Win It Drumming Just 14kms from Fourways, we are an easy drive for businesses in Sandton, Johannesburg and Pretoria. We can also accommodate you and your team on-site in our comfortable accommodation consisting of 58 double and twin-sized rooms if you would prefer a weekend retreat. For more information about our team building venue and packages, please contact us today. Back to team building venue near...

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