Planning a VT Destination Business Meetings
The old saying of meetings make the world go round, still applies. However, with the advent and expansion of the Internet and 24/7 mass communications… less and less of these planning sessions, training sessions, new product introductions, sales meetings, weekly meetings and update sessions are face to face or with all the players involved being at the same meeting. The result? — Another meeting will follow to keep everyone on the same page. Worse, a current business best seller talks about ‘death by meetings’… with the premise that never ending meetings drain the energy of the business, the enterprise or the company and everyone involved suffers from the painful process of poorly organized and executed meetings. A professional colleague was overheard recently saying, ” I used to be judged by the number of clients I see, now it’s by the number of meetings I attend.” and he wasn’t at all enthused about the change in his now all too regular schedule. His frustrating claim about all the meetings he attends is that they all can be summarized with one common theme. …”not much gets accomplished in them”.
Business Meeting Planning
What to do about this non-productive spiral of activity? Start to take meetings seriously, view them as opportunities to re-imagine the status quo, to revive the creative energies of your team, staff, department…make your meetings an event and an on-going activity that your attendees actually want to attend.
How to accomplish all of this?
Start by making a Resolution to do something about making a difference in the meetings you will host or attend in the coming months. Meetings, often are fit into and between every attendees busy daily schedule. Stop! Get away…move people away from the distractions of an interrupting phone call, being late for the next appointment, interruptions in general. Plan a destination meeting, training session, or update session.
Get the full attention of the people you are trying to reach. Make a friendly deal with your staff – give me four hours of full concentration, and I’ll give you four hours off. Your meetings will be much more focused, more creative, more successful and will have everyone’s undivided attention. You will get much more accomplished. Encourage an extension of the meeting so that people are sharing ideas over dinner or lunch or in a casual atmosphere, sitting by the pool or taking a walk. Let people with interesting discoveries report back to the group in the next organized part of the schedule.
To make your next company or business meeting an effective one, an enriching one, a memorable one…consider any number of creative meeting packages offered by the Vermont Business Meeting and Conference Centers below.
Vermont Conference Rooms
Waybury Inn, 457 East Main St., Rte. 125, E. Middlebury, VT 05740 | 800-348-1810
Packages offered at the Waybury Inn include a unique "Best Cellars" which includes a special wine from the reserve cellar as well as two books of your choice from the NY Times best seller list and Vermont made chocolates. Or try our "falling in love again" package, if you and your partner are the "outdoors" type, how about "taking a hike" with your own Vermont made walking stick. All in one of our 14 unique guest suites that present the most modern amenities to today's guests yet are filled with elegant and charming details. Amenities include deep, claw foot tubs, Jacuzzi suite, free wireless internet, full service bar, elegant cooked to order breakfast that includes eggs benedict. Reservations are required.
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Middlebury Inn, 14 Courthouse Square, Middlebury, VT 05753 | 802-388-4961
With 71 guest rooms, the Middlebury Inn offers the perfect blend of modern comfort and classic historic charm. Welcoming travelers since 1827, the inn now has all of the amenities of a full service hotel, including fine dining, a pub, and meeting and banquet space to accommodate your Vermont wedding. Located between Burlington and Rutland and convenient to many Vermont attractions, this inn is perfect for that pampered fresh-air getaway, family reunion or professional retreat.
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Holiday Inn Burlington Vermont, 1068 Williston Rd., Burlington, VT 05403 | 802-863-6363
172 Guest Rooms and Suites, Cocktail Lounge and Restaurant. Centrally located in Vermont's scenic Champlain Valley just off exit 14E on I-89 at the junction with U.S. Route 2. The Burlington International Airport is a short 1 mile ride in our courtesy van. Direct dial phone in the airport terminal. Just 1/4 mile from Vermont's largest shopping mall, the University Mall. The Church Street Marketplace is a five minute drive from the hotel. The University of Vermont, Saint Michael's College, and Champlain College are all less than 10 minutes from the hotel.
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The Green Mountain Inn, 18 Main St., Stowe, VT 05672
Experience warm hospitality in an historic landmark in the heart of Stowe Village. Beautifully restored, the Inn offers the perfect blend of modern luxury and country elegance in over 100 rooms, fireplace suites, luxury rooms, exquisite village apartments and townhouses. Two superb restaurants, afternoon tea, year-round outdoor heated swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, children's pool, two firepits and fully equipped health club. Classic setting for weddings, conferences and events.
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Best Western Plus Waterbury-Stowe, I-89, Exit 10, 1/2 miles north on Rt. 100. Blush Hill Rd., Waterbury, VT 05676 | 800-621-7822
Centrally located between Burlington, Montpelier and Stowe. 1/2 mile from Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory. 84 Guest Rooms and Suites on an airy hillside setting featuring Wandering Moose Cafe, Open Air Indoor Pool, Game Room, Fitness Center, Tennis, and an authentic Vermont Covered Bridge.
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Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, 1746 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672
Stoweflake is a full service, all season, destination resort and conference center offering 22,000 sq. ft. of a state-of-the-art, IACC certified meeting space and a world-class 50,000 sq ft spa. Featuring luxury accommodations, an 18 hole championship golf course, comprehensive sports / fitness facilities, two award-winning restaurants and impeccable customer service.
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The Wildflower Inn, Darling Hill Road, Lyndonville, VT 05851 | 802-626-8310
"Warm hospitality... the gardens are famous"Yankee Magazine. Have your picture-perfect Vermont getaway at this country inn with resort amenities on 570 acres in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Spectacular mountain views and breathtaking sunsets. 24 charming rooms and suites, swimming pool, tennis, trails, horse-drawn wagon rides, spa, and sauna. Easy to get to from I-91 & I-93. See our Vermont vacation packages online.
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The Norwich Inn, 325 Main Street, Norwich, VT 05055 | 802-649-1143
The Norwich Inn is a historic Vermont inn located just across the river from Hanover, New Hampshire. An Inn has been on the site since 1797; the current Victorian Structure since 1890. We offer 38 guestrooms, Pub, Dining Room, and Microbrewery. The Brewery at the Norwich Inn is one of the top VT breweries - all Jasper Murdock Ales and craft beer are brewed on premises.
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The Arlington Inn, Historic Route 7A, Arlington, VT 05250
A unique and special place that brings you back to a time of Elegance and Style. This is the perfect site for your next gathering, whether your meeting is for eight or sixty people, the Inn offers several areas with space for both Business & Social Functions, as well as a Cozy Pub. This stately Greek Revival mansion was built in 1848, it is among America's landmark historic inns.
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