Meetings Now and in the Future
Meeting planners are cognizant of the impact of meeting venues on delegates’ productivity, creativity and ability to respond to new ideas and thinking. As meeting planners look to the future, it’s clear that their decision making process is largely based on their observations on changes within the industry over the past several years.
• 75% of responding meeting planners report that their current role involves more “experience creation” versus two to five years ago.
• Over 77% of respondents report that access to interactive technologies, such as tools to encourage audience participation, collaborative communication platforms and others, are more important now versus the last several years.
• 47% report the importance of flexible meeting space now versus in the past.
Using these indicators as a road map for future trends, meeting planners predict an increased emphasis on, and need for, select venue elements.
Physical Meeting Spaces and Design
The report states that fundamentally, there are elements of meeting venues that are critical for successful meetings and these have largely remained constant over the past several years and are projected to remain important in the years to come, including high-quality broadband, strong acoustics and good lighting. Continue reading…
Business is about decision making, ideas, determination and, maybe most importantly, focus. A bad choice made with a clouded head can be extremely detrimental to moving a plan forwards. We need a clear head when making vital choices, for the well-being of our business. Meditation can help with all aspects of business, especially in a meeting scenario where people need to be relaxed and confident. People that meditate are calmer, more focused, more productive and less likely to be drawn into conflict.
Many people who practice meditation speak highly of the benefits. One of the main benefits is improved decision making. Mediation results in more drive, a sense of personal empowerment, and, most importantly, focus. Many Fortune 500 Companies such as Google and Apple use mediation and mindfulness to get the most from their employees.
Could you consider incorporating meditation into your daily routine? Notice how it affects your work life, as well as your personal life. Ask your employees to do it as well. Observe how it affects behaviour, especially in meetings.
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New Broadcasting House in central London took a decade to build.
It was opened by the Queen in 2013 at least £55million over budget.
But the BBC has now admitted it ‘occasionally’ runs out of meeting rooms.
Built at a cost of £1 billion, New Broadcasting House is the jewel in the crown of the BBC and the setting for its self-mocking satire W1A.
But in a development that could have come straight out of the sitcom, it has been revealed that the Corporation is paying tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money to book meetings in nearby buildings because the headquarters lacks space. New Broadcasting House in Central London covers half a million square feet, took a decade to build and was opened by the Queen in 2013 – four years behind schedule and at least £55 million over budget.
Now, in response to a freedom of information request, the BBC has admitted it ‘occasionally’ runs out of meeting rooms and spent £47,198 on booking external spaces nearby during the last financial year. Corporation insiders say these venues include De Vere’s West One business centre and the luxury Langham Hotel – both just across the street from New Broadcasting House – and that meetings have included ‘leadership breakfasts’.
One source said: ‘The leadership breakfasts at De Vere are renowned for the lavish catering. The BBC is cutting jobs but can still afford to cater for breakfast meetings for senior managers.’
Another said: ‘It’s bonkers to hold meetings across the street.’ The BBC has been criticised by spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) over the running costs of New Broadcasting House, which are almost double that of comparable buildings in Central London. A BBC spokesman said: ‘It is occasionally necessary to book nearby venues, especially for larger meetings. Value for money is always taken into account.’ But Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said licence fee-payers would be furious over spiralling costs.
New Broadcasting House is home to three 24-hour news channels, nine radio networks and 6,000 staff.
London is packed full of fun and enjoyable things to do. While the UK’s capital can be expensive, London is a beautiful city and there are many affordable things to experience. At London Meeting Rooms we firmly believe that exploring the city can be done on a budget. Check out our selection of affordable things to do in London
1. Walking & Sightseeing
London may seem huge, but it’s actually easy for walking and of course, walking is free! One of the most popular walks is a circular walk around Westminster, which includes seeing Buckingham Palace, the iconic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Free London Walking Tours has a selection of seven sightseeing tours, which show you the best that London has to offer.
2. Visit the Royal Observatory
Be dazzled by the moon and planets at the Greenwich Royal Observatory. Here, you can explore how scientists first mapped the seas and the stars, touch a 4.5 billion year-old asteroid and travel the Universe, whilst keeping your feet firmly on the ground. For £9.50 a ticket, this is an affordable and fascinating way of discovering the wonders of astronomy.
3. Take a Canal Boat ride
What better reason to get out and about in the sunshine than with a canal boat ride where you can see some of London’s most historic and popular attractions. The Jenny Wren is an authentically designed canal boat, running 90-minute round-trips from Camden. Sailing through London Zoo and Regent’s Park, as well as Robert Browning’s Island at Little Venice, it’s certainly a different way of seeing London and is only £12.50 for adults.
4. Explore Chinatown
If you’re looking for a vibrant change of culture, Chinatown is a diamond tucked away, full of oriental beauty and charm. In this area there is so much to see and do, with plenty of affordable and delicious eating options and lots of shops. In the evening, it becomes even more atmospheric and has plenty of bars and restaurants. Chinatown is easily accessible, placed between Leicester Square and Piccadilly tube stations.
5. Borough Market
This market is London’s oldest and most renowned market, dating all the way back to the 13th Century. It is home to exceptional British and International produce, with artisan cheeses, cakes, bread, hams and much more. If food is your thing, this is a perfect place to visit for some delicious quick eats and a friendly atmosphere. Find out more about this bustling market here.
A fun and interesting trip to London doesn’t need to be expensive. There are many affordable options, several of which help you to get the best out of your visit to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. If you have time before or after a meeting, why not get the best out of the day and make some time to explore this exciting city.
Nestled in the heart of Mayfair in the West End of London, the latest addition to our range of meeting rooms is ideal for appointments with high profile clients. These contemporary meeting rooms are situated in a beautiful traditional building in Berkeley Square. All the meeting rooms have rooftop views over Mayfair and West London.
At London Meeting Rooms we offer a selection of meeting rooms across Central London. As well as our Mayfair meeting rooms, we also have meeting rooms in Holborn, Euston, Kings Cross, Marble Arch, Oxford Street and Hyde Park. We also offer video conferencing facilities.
Our Mayfair meeting rooms are ideally situated close to Green Park and Bond Street underground stations. West End theatres, restaurants, hotels and famous shopping havens: Bond Street, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Piccadily and Saville Row are just around the corner.
There are two meeting rooms available at our Mayfair venue: Fleming and Hemingway. Both have a boardroom layout and can seat up to eight people. The rooms are available at £95 per hour, £295 for a half day or £495 for a full day. As with all our meeting rooms we offer free internet access, staffed reception, audio-visual equipment, flipcharts, copying facilities and a host of catering options including breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee, water, soft drinks and snacks.
Here at London Meeting Rooms we offer a number of meeting rooms across central London. Meetings are notorious for wasting valuable company time. There’s a saying that “a meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.” – 100 Funny Business Quotes Follow our top tips to get the most from your meetings, ensure they’re productive and avoid wasting time.
1. Have a clear objective for the meeting and check if it is really needed. Define your goals for the meeting before you call it. This will help to prevent unnecessary meetings.
2. Have an agenda and stick to it. This will help to ensure that the goals for the meeting are achieved.
3. Take minutes detailing what action will be taken, by whom and by when.
4. Only invite people to attend that need to be there. Staff that are just there for the sake of it may resent wasting time attending a meeting where they’re not needed. Plus, it’s not the best use of company resources.
5. Start and end the meeting on time. Allocate a specific amount of time for the meeting and each point on the agenda and make sure that is adhered to.
6. Have a chairperson who takes ownership of the meeting and keeps it on track.
7. Only use PowerPoint slides if they add value. Avoid using slides that state the obvious. Proofread slides and avoid spelling or grammatical errors.
Everyone’s time is valuable. Following these tips will help ensure that time taken for meetings is used effectively and that the objectives of the meeting are achieved.
For effective meetings, book one of our meeting rooms, conveniently located across central London. We can also provide refreshments, audio visual equipment, reception staff, video conferences and a high-speed internet connection.
London is the obvious place to arrange meetings, whether it be with clients, prospects, staff or suppliers. For companies that don’t have offices in London, there are range of meeting rooms and venues on offer. Follow our five top tips to find the best meeting venue for you.
Location is the most obvious consideration when choosing a meeting room venue. Think about where the attendees will be coming from and which London station they will arrive at. Choose a location that’s central for all attendees and close to a London Underground station.
It’s important to give a good impression, especially if you’re meeting with prospects, so choose a venue in a high quality building with smart furniture that’s in good condition.
Although most businesses will not sacrifice quality for price, it is still obviously an important consideration. You should be able to hire a meeting room either by the hour or for a half or full day.
It’s important to check in advance that everything is available, including projectors, flip charts and WIFI. Some meetings or trainings will require all delegates be able to access the internet. Check the WIFI strength in advance and ensure that it is adequate.
Will you be providing refreshments for your delegates? If so, it’s important to find out what refreshments are available at the venue, as well as the cost of refreshments.
At London Meeting Rooms, we provide meeting rooms across a variety of locations in Central London. All our meeting rooms are of the highest quality and available at competitive rates.