Fast Food Restaurants – Are They Good For Business Meetings?

Fast Food Restaurants may be a good place to get your team to bond, but are they good for business meetings? The informal atmosphere, casual approach and ‘meal’ environment may make your team feel relaxed and open to new ideas, but will they be able to focus or will distractions keep them from paying attention? Join me on a journey into unusual meeting ideas.

Planning a business meeting is generally straight forward. You have your equipment, agenda and goals all to hand as your staff troop in for another company up-date, but what about those who work out in the field? Or what if you want to shake your team up a little to help them think outside the box? Are fast food restaurants a good a place to hold your business meeting instead of the main office?

Obviously fast food restaurants exist for one reason: to serve up fast food so that hunger is satisfied quickly. The cuisine is not too refined and the cost fairly cheap. Table service is not always an option and the surroundings reflect a universal company theme. The atmosphere is relaxed but not too chilled and they don’t want you to linger overly long. There is usually canned music of questionable quality and often a family atmosphere. To a fast food franchise owner, faster turn-over equals faster profits.

So, fast food restaurants – are they good for business meetings?

1) If you are in a mainstream business and planning to move some boundaries or offload new concepts on your staff, a fast food restaurant could be used to your advantage. You could do away with ‘traditional’ business meeting mode and ease your staff into the meeting with an appropriate ice-breaker.

Here are a few pointers to help with business meeting productivity:

* Choose a location far away from competitors! You don’t want to offer them a birds-eye view of your plans.
* Choose the quietest period. Eg. Wait until kids are at school and mums at the shops!
* Pre-warn the manager if your team is large. Make sure there are vegetarian options on offer.
* Find the furthest place away from the evil music!
* Use the franchise model and environment to make comparisons with your new concepts.
* Thank the manager for the use of the premises – especially if you wish to return.
* Enjoy the event! Make sure you take all necessary equipment (agenda, pens, paper etc) so that the meeting can start promptly and end on time.

2) If you are a home business owner or MLM affiliate and time is of the essence, fast food restaurants make an ideal place to slot in a quick, informal business meeting to catch up with your team. Choose a location within easy reach of your team and local schools to aid a quick getaway. Make sure you have assembled all new products and information so that discussions can get underway quickly and end promptly. Enjoy the event!

Business meetings are an unavoidable part of business life, but who said they have to be dull and boring? The trick is to find different locations to turn them into Enjoyable Events! To achieve this, increase your skill base to leave ‘boring’ behind. Learn new methods and strategies that will take your business way out of everyday league and even help you achieve multiple streams of income. That way you won’t be dependent on one business idea alone. I hope “Fast food restaurants – are they good for business meetings? is helpful.

The Purpose of Business Meetings

The current situation and investigation of the GSA’s Las Vegas event has many people up in arms about the investment that companies, associations, and governmental agencies make on hosting business meetings. People who question the purpose and power of business meetings are rattling the cage and making noise just as they did after “Muffin-Gate” in 2011 (the over hyped and twisted story that a DOJ paid $16 per muffin at a meeting coffee break). But there is more to meetings than the costs to produce a meaningful conference.

While it can sound expensive, the realities of hosting events do cost money. Hotels, meals, transportation, professional speakers, entertainment, and other necessary items have associated bills. But when a meeting becomes a “happening” there is value created. Looking at pieces of the puzzle separately can cause some to misinterpret the real power that happens when people gather together. Throughout history man has collected in groups to share the best ideas, learn, grow, entertain, have fun, and get inspired for the future.

Of course there are those who abuse the system, make poor spending decisions, and waste money. I am not condoning bad behavior. Meetings are not something you just “do”… as you need trained professionals to help you organize or you will fall prey to all sorts of mistakes. Too many jump in thinking “how hard can it be?” and wing-it in their planning. A conference has so many parts that you should never expect the right results without the proper planning and experience.

Some people think that the meetings industry is dead. I spoke to one person recently who said she never goes to business meetings, and thus was convinced that conferences were dying. NOT TRUE. Many business meetings are growing and new conferences spring up daily around the world. The meetings industry is a multi-billion dollar business that employs over 1.7 million people in the United States.

The problem with all the discussion about meetings is there is not a clear understanding of the purpose of business gatherings. If you talk to different people you will get different answers. Some think meetings exits to educate. Others to entertain. Networking opportunities are regularly cited as a reason to attend. There are those that believe meetings a perk, while just as many view them as an obligation. Associations can acquire much of their income from conferences and at the same time other companies and agencies have them as expenses.

Every meeting that is planned can have different purposes (even meetings that are put on by the same organization).

Since there is not a single purpose for business meetings there will always be controversy as people tend to only look at things the way they want to see them. Those who want to see meetings as expensive can make that argument, but if you have ever been to a conference where you made a connection that changed the direction of your career, or learned something that inspired you to achieve more… then you know why there will always be business meetings.

All opportunities come from people, and bringing groups together is a way to create more opportunities.

I believe meetings exist for many of reasons, but too often even the organizers cannot tell you the clear purpose. Working to appeal to a variety of people can leave an event too vanilla to become spectacular to anyone. If you cannot clearly articulate the reason to host the meeting, why can you expect attendees to understand the purpose?

Knowing the answer to “why” will make the event better for everyone!

What was the last meeting you attended and why was it great? (or why was it blah?).

How To Hold A Great Business Meeting

If you operate a business, regardless of whether it is a family business or a multi-national Corporation, you’re likely going to want to hold regular business meetings. This can really help you to regain the focus on your business and to make sure that things are moving along as expected. There may also be specific needs for these meetings that need to be considered as well. Of course, any successful meeting with your business is going to require careful planning on your part. Here are some things that you can do in order to make sure that your meeting is as successful as possible.

One of the most important things that you can do is to prepare properly by setting goals for the meeting. This should be done, even before the overall structure of the meeting is designed. In some cases, there are going to be some serious goals that need to be discussed, including some that are going to affect the business for many years. These should be discussed first, making sure that the focus is directed to that information. You should also set smaller goals for the meeting as well, perhaps asking yourself questions such as, what do I expect to get from this meeting and what should I accomplish?

If you’re going to be having the business meeting at another location, it’s very important for you to view that location in advance. Consider the fact that you’re going to want the attention of everyone that is at the meeting to be as focused as possible. If you choose an area that is cramped or perhaps too dark, it is likely that people’s attention is going to wander considerably. Take a little and turned to tour the area and to choose something that is going to be right for everyone involved.

Regardless of whether you are going to be all in the same location or if you’re going to be holding the meeting virtually, it may be necessary for you to have the sound and light system set up properly. In some cases, this can be done using your own equipment but in other cases, very specific types of AV integration may be necessary. Look for a company that is able to hire out their AV services and to provide you with the equipment you need to get up and running properly. Be sure that you keep the number of that company available as well, it is likely that you are going to be able to use them in your everyday office needs as well.

Finally, make sure that you keep the budget in mind when you are preparing for any type of meeting. Of course, the budget should not be the make or break a deal but it should be sufficient in order to provide you with everything necessary to get those individuals under one roof. Once you have things set up properly, you can begin planning for the meeting even further by sending out regular information, including reminders about the meeting and what is going to be discussed.

Smart Tips to Lead Effective Business Meetings

Leading a business meeting is not as easy as it seems. There are a lot of business meetings which are ill-directed, drawn out and digressive. For this reason, you have to appropriately plan your meeting so that it is firmly structured and you can achieve your goals.

The first thing you have to do to lead your business meeting runs well is to decide whether or not you highly have to call a meeting. You have to consider whether that problem can be resolved by individual. If it can, you don’t have to call a meeting then. On the other hand, if it can’t, you can call a meeting.

The second thing is to determine the attendants. Certain issue may only involve certain individual. You have to consider the individual who has to attend the meeting. It allows the other to keep on doing their tasks. In addition, it will make the discussion more focus.

The third thing is to prepare for the agenda. You have to determine the definite time to start and stop. Also, you have to determine the goals and the main priority of your goals. It will help you to make the meeting clear. In addition, you have to circulate the agenda earlier so that the attendants can make a preparation.

The fourth step is to start your meeting after all are ready. You can start it from the easier issue and then to the heavier issues so that your meeting will be effective. For each issue you want to discuss, you have to make certain allotted time. To help you monitor the time, you can use a timer. Set the discussion at the end of the meeting so that you can cover all the issues in the agenda.

The last thing you have to do is to hand out copies right after the meeting so that you can remind everyone about the result of the meeting and the action plans.