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Corporate Meetings – Hosting a successful exchange of information

Corporate Meetings – Hosting a successful exchange of information 1000 667 Pedrotti's Ranch

Corporate Meetings are an extremely critical piece of business. They are important for a company to have fluidity and cross-departmental communication. They are critical in brainstorming and idea generation not to mention the execution of strategy. These meetings are multipurpose. Meetings are a genuine way of sharing highly important communications and at the same time getting the necessary feedback that can make or break an organization. A meeting if coordinated and executed correctly can be a real boost of company morale and focus on corporate goals. A well ran meeting should not be the typical idea of a boring meeting just listening to one person talk and look at powerpoint slides. There may be time and place for a meeting of that sort, but honestly, in this day and age of fast communication, a video may be better.

Corporate Meetings consequently end up being where different parts of the business administration are talked about, the execution of the organizational strategy, the mission, and vision of the organization, the shortcomings of the organization, the obstacles and how to defeat them. Successful meetings include short introductions, structured presentation of information, and discussion. Great corporate meetings take time into consideration, and stay on point.

A well-conducted meeting is one that has everybody arrive on time, has an agenda, and has a leader making sure the agenda is followed as much as possible. Meandering around on side tangents is a sure way to kill a meeting and have everyone walk out wondering if anything was accomplished or learned. Everyone should receive a bulleted list of the agenda and in some instances, a timer may be necessary to make sure the meeting does not go over. There are two items that can help you to have a better meeting, a timer and a minute taker or video recording.

A timer may be the best way to keep those one or two people that do not express themselves succinctly from dominating the discussion. Respecting each other’s ideas in a meeting and truly discussing meeting topics can be the difference between a successful corporation one that implodes. A timer may be thought of as childish, but everyone has been in a meeting where the conversation was dominated by a few and most come out thinking the meeting was a waste of time and oxygen.

A minute taker is responsible for documenting the entire meeting and afterward sharing everything that was discussed along with necessary visual aides. In our modern world, the meeting can be videotaped and this video can be shared with members privately or within a corporate hierarchy. A special server can be set up for this type of video sharing and there are services that exist on the internet. Most videos can have transcripts produced either electronically or human transcription. Having this record of the meeting allows each attendant to know what ideas were discussed, what strategy was developed, who is responsible for what, etcetera, depending on what was being discussed.

Meetings do not have to be all drab. The can be off-site and consist of a huge main motivational meeting then break outs for the smaller groups. This is the specialty of Pedrotti’s Ranch Event Center. We’ve provided meeting space, meals, and entertainment for companies such as RBFCU, HEB, Valero, Nestle, and USAA. And while it’s nice to see huge companies utilizing our meeting space and services we can help companies from 50 members to 2000. You have access to Audio/Visual, Wifi, and huge rooms that can be sectionalized. With over 20 years helping companies with their corporate meetings you can be assured we can help you have a successful meeting.

Ask What You Can Do

Ask What You Can Do 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of a speech that was significant to the growth and development of our nation. It’s a phenomenal thing to consider that John F. Kennedy’s speech was so memorable and inspiring that we are still talking about it 50 years later.

It is our job to play not just a role, but a significant role so that the things we do today will show significance tomorrow, next year and maybe even in 2061. Let’s come together – not just as colleagues and businesspeople, but as a nation and a world. Let us individually build our character and work ethic so that we can continue to grow, help others and benefit mankind.

I feel like this speech was written for everyone who hopes and dreams. And quite frankly, that is every person. I am blessed enough to get to work in an industry I love where I truly believe that I can benefit others and enhance lives – perhaps it’s through great customer service or a well-executed event plan, but it allows me to work hard, give back and provide something of value for other individuals.

None of us are perfect. Our businesses aren’t perfect. Our nation isn’t perfect. But it’s our job to work hard, come together and make it better. Here are a few excerpts of Kennedy’s speech I enjoy the most, and I hope you, as readers, enjoy it just as well!

“So let us begin anew – remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”

“Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.”

“All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

Holiday Hospitality

Holiday Hospitality 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

I think we all define the spirit of Christmas and the holidays differently. It’s something that is both internal and external. And I hope that it is with each of you this holiday season.

In the world of hospitality, we showcase holidays through the hosting of parties, creation of delicious holiday meals, playing of Christmas music, decorating from floor to ceiling and many other things. We have been blessed to share this month with a variety of different companies, organizations, groups and individuals. Each of them celebrates the holidays in a unique way. One of the things that is most important for us to do for each group that comes to share their holiday with us is to provide a great ambiance and a true spirit of cheer and gladness.

This spirit really shines through and makes the entire experience more invigorating and joyful. Whether you are providing a service, hosting a party, welcoming someone into your business or just sharing in togetherness and fellowship, be happy for the times you have with others and the unique encounters you experience during the holiday season.

Happy Holidays to each of you, and may the spirit of hospitality resonate through the holidays and the upcoming new year!

The Simple C’s of Relationship Building

The Simple C’s of Relationship Building 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

Healthy relationships make for a healthy business. Make it a part of your every day work to feed and nurture relationships – old and new. Keep these four C’s in mind when you think about relationship in your daily business.

The Four C’s of Relationships:

  • Chemistry – Developing relationships that have strong chemistry can make both business and personal relationships more beneficial. Chemistry cannot be measured by numbers, but by the feelings in the relationships. Make sure you try to create a good chemistry in your relationships; this is particularly a positive attribute in business relationships.
  • Care – Caring for your business and your relationships can help you grow as an individual, both personally and professionally. Show everyone you come into contact with that you care about who they are and what they do. You will begin to see a stronger bond in your relationships through your positive attitude and care for humans when you treat them as individuals and keep their individual goals in mind.
  • Communication – Healthy communication is the key to healthy business. Without proper communication, many businesses would not be able to maintain customer service and clients with the same ease. Without communication, business would not be possible.
  • Commitment – Be committed to your relationships. Showing your commitment to friends and clients is a great way to strengthen relationships. Strong relationships, especially in business, are valuable to maintain faithful clients. The best way to create loyalty in relationships is through continued commitment, regardless of any circumstance.