Looking Ahead to 2021
A Season Of Renewal
Over the last several months, the meetings and conventions industry has stared hardships and trials in the face, while pivoting and looking for ways to help the industry rebound. We’ve gone from massive trade shows and conventions to focusing on virtual ways to meet, as well as creatively planning smaller meetings and events where individual appointments and social distancing can easily take place. Planners have gotten creative with transportation, meal service and new ways to experience a place. While this year has been one for the books, we know that this industry is going to come out strong, better and more resilient than ever.
When planning meetings and retreats, here are five ways to incorporate ways to renew and rejuvenate.
- Enlist the help of a motivation speaker. In the wilds of Montana, we’re fortunate to have local speakers who are well-versed in providing inspirational keynotes and breakout sessions. A few of note: Diana Damron (specializes in creating trusting business environments); Phil Quigley (focuses on custom-designed trainings that include employee retention and engagement) and the team at Thrive (centers on ways to use conflict in a healthy way to drive creativity).
- Get out in Montana’s open spaces. Research has shown that switching up your environment can bring about creativity and inspiration. In Kalispell, abundant open spaces surround all of our meeting venues and we have several distinct locations that can get attendees creative juices flowing, including a winery, art gallery, tour boat, lavender farm and botanical garden.
- Plan a mindful breakout session. While many meetings and conventions focus on continuing education, take the opportunity to include quiet practices and offerings that provide mental clarity and astuteness. Examples include chair massages, a meditation room or essential oil booth.
- Feed your soul. In Montana, we believe that good food and drinks can feed your body and spirit. Kalispell restaurants and coffee shops can create a menu of made-from-scratch soups, natural breads and custom coffee blends.
- Turn it off. In a world that seems to always be moving and in a society that continually counts hours and minutes, disrupt your meeting by turning it all off. Take your meeting outdoors and ask attendees to shut off their phones, turn off the lights and sit in the stillness of Montana for 15 minutes, while focusing on using the natural energy found in the valley to recharge and refocus.
“If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can’t help but learn.”
—Bernie Siegel, MD
For more information about planning rejuvenating meetings in Kalispell, contact Dawn at [email protected].