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The offsite corporate retreat. People either love them or hate them, and it’s not hard to see why. Done correctly, retreats can be an effective way for your organization to bring about positive change. Done poorly however, and you end up with a wasted weekend and the possibility of making things in the office worse. It’s not an easy task to plan a retreat that is fun and productive, but MD Resort's professional planners can lead you the whole way.

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Let us help you plan your next corporate meeting, party, or event!Event management is a time consuming job where down to the smallest ideas and details can make or break the success of your corporate event. MD Resort has over 10 years of experience in event planning so whether you are planning an event at MD Resort or need an event planner to help at your location give us a call we can help! Our event planners can help your next meeting, party, retreat, production, or any event to be the BEST ever, so call 817-489-5150 or email innkeeper@mdresort.com with the details and how we can help.

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7 Secrets to Planning a Successful Corporate Event

Perhaps the most important considerations are your goals for the corporate retreat. You should begin with a business plan for what it is that you want to accomplish. If work is foremost in your agenda, plan carefully to avoid your corporate retreat turning into nothing more than a free vacation for your employees. A corporate retreat is a great way to achieve company cohesiveness and add a little extra 'oomph' to what could be just another work day. Whether you need an executive brain storming retreat or are just trying to improve staff communication, increase creativity and motivation, or just trying to make your company feel more like family, a retreat away from the office is the perfect remedy.1500 sq ft meeting room

No matter where your company is located, there are plenty of corporate retreat locations around the world to choose from. Whether you are looking for a retreat location that’s around the corner or one that’s light years away, here's some event planning tips to make sure your corporate retreat doesn't leave you longing for the boardroom.

  1. If your corporate retreat is more about rewarding your valued staff, or you'd like to concentrate more on the morale and cooperation of your company staff rather than keeping things “strictly business”, then your event plan – and perhaps your entire corporate retreat – will be much different than one that concentrates more on work.

  2. Once you have an idea of the goals and wishes for your retreat, you can better choose your location. You should consider a facility that breaks away from the cookie cutter hotel regime and instead promotes a team building atmosphere. Balmy beaches and sun-kissed sand may be a great place for your employees to learn effective stress reduction, but the ocean crashing right outside the conference room door may not be so helpful when you're trying to meet hectic deadlines.

  3. When the time comes for you to choose your hotel or resort for your corporate event, don't rush into a decision. Anyone can make a brochure look marvelous. Instead, choose a facility that meets all your needs in terms of location, activities, amenities, cost, and, of course, availability. Don't be shy; ask for photos or testimonials if you'd like.

  4. What about the food? Before choosing a corporate retreat location, ask about the food and be sure the retreat facility can meet any of your staff’s dietary requirements. All inclusive corporate retreats take the hassle out of worrying about the food but make sure the quality of the food is the best it can be. Good food actually helps keep all retreat attendees happy, positive minded, and prepared. Be sure and send an e-mail to all attendees to see if they have any dietary requirements and send that to your retreat facility at least two weeks before your corporate retreat.

  5. See if they have a dedicated event planner or if they rely on regular staff to handle your corporate event. Someone who specializes in handling corporate events at a facility can often foresee needs you may not even realize you have, and will be able to make your stay smooth and productive.

  6. Don't forget about the fun! No matter what your goals are for your retreat, be certain to allow for some downtime for you and your employees. Be sure to choose a location that is cohesive to natural team building. If there are too many distractions, it could cause your team to lose focus in the meeting and to scatter afterwards. Your agenda will determine how much you need to schedule and how much your staff will be able to entertain themselves, but be certain there are enough activities at your chosen location to keep them occupied and to encourage them to hang out together. This is vital to natural team bonding experiences that you just can't put a price on. A team building atmosphere encourages them naturally to work together and help each other.

With a list of your goals, your favored destinations, and desirable activities, you'll find it much easier to plan your perfect corporate retreat. Gone are the tired, boring corporate retreats that the staff is obligated to attend and the frivolous, unproductive vacations. The best corporate retreat you've ever experienced is just a small step away.

As with anything else, a little event planning goes a long way. By making the best choices for your corporate event, you'll be able to reach your goals, improve company communication, and create lasting connections that will be the building blocks for future success – you and your staff’s.