With spring here and summer on the way, I am sure I am not the only one thinking about trying to include some healthier choices in my life. And why not extend that to your conference or event. It can be easy to opt for the standard conference package, but with a little tweaking and few extras you can energise your delegates enough to make for an incredibly productive event.
Here are 5 of our most popular conference energisers:
Change the mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack
Swap one of the mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack choices for something healthier. There is no reason not to include some delicious homemade biscuits or cakes, but you could introduce some dried fruit and unsalted nuts, plenty of brightly coloured fresh fruit and some interesting and appetising smoothies or juices. Let’s also not forget lots of water available for delegates during their meetings and during breaks.
Change a few items for lunch
In the “old days” a conference lunch could look something like a paint palette for beige! Almost everything was baked or fried. Chefs and conference managers have a much better eye for the healthy choice now and a good rule to follow is “eat the rainbow”. If your buffet is full of beautifully coloured dishes of fresh vegetables and fruit with some low fat protein such as chicken or lean meat, you are on your way to a great lunch. Avoided too much saturated fat will also keep your delegates awake for the afternoon.
Mid Conference Energiser
This could be something as energetic as a short 30 minute Nordic Walking session outside in the fresh air. Or 10 minutes of drumming which delegates can do simply standing up from their chairs in the meeting room.
Take your meeting outside! This will only work if your content is not too confidential. But even part of your day spent outside can energise motivate your delegates. This could be the option of taking their mid-morning break outside, or using outside space for breakouts from the main meeting. Taking just a 15 minute break outside in the sun (if you are lucky!) has been proven to reduce stress.
A simple and very effective way to keep everyone’s mood up. Daylight reduces stress, reminds your body that its daytime and boosts the body’s natural production of serotonin; a neurotransmitter than regulates sleep, appetite, memory and mood. Getting plenty of daylight is most important for winter meetings when days are shorter.
With your next event, make a few changes and watch the difference in your delegates’ performance!
This guest post is written by Fiona McKinna. Fiona has been in the hospitality industry her whole working life and trained as a Cordon Bleu chef at the prestigious Tante Marie Culinary Academy in Surrey, England. She founded Mayfair Venues in 1998 and has a passion for events and sourcing that elusive, exclusive venue for her clients and hunting out new destinations.