The kiss of death at any meeting or event? A yawn. As soon as one person gets started with the tired mouth stretch, suddenly another person to the left joins in and another person to the right, and then a person in the back of the room. And before you know it, it’s one big domino yawn choir, which means your meeting has quickly turned DOA. No coffee in the world is strong enough and no breakout exercise is energizing enough to help the situation because the issue is not people being sleepy, but rather just plain old BORED.
A failproof way to avoid this in the future and keep the lifeline of your meeting going is choosing a venue that is instantaneously entertaining. Rather than a windowless hotel room with hypnotizing white walls that put guests in a trance, go for a venue like AceBounce with Ping-Pong tables as part of the setup; and instead of a venue with rote elevator music, opt for a property such as Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at NOVA CC that offers an attached music theater that will treat guests to a live performance that they won’t soon forget. iPlay America is another engrossing venue, known as “New Jersey’s Premier Indoor Theme Park,” with a full-service bar and grill alongside 200-plus games, rides, attractions, laser tag, and go karts, as well as a 12,000-square-foot multipurpose event center—talk about the definition of fun.
According to Successful Meetings, “In order to be successful, meetings today must not only be educational, they must be entertaining and engaging. Above all else, they must also be memorable. … A surefire way to make your meeting memorable is to host it at a non-traditional venue, experiences at which can break the mold in ways that leave lasting impressions on meeting attendees.”
Here are eight of our favorite ways to create a real showstopper.
|iPlay America’s Event Center
|Blaine Stone Lodge
|Escape Room Live
|Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at NOVA CC
|University of Delaware Conference and Event Services
|Hard Rock Cafe – San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
|University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA