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BLUE SKY THINKING WITH OUTDOOR MEETINGS

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Outdoor meetings are continuing to grow in trend with additional wellbeing benefits according to Ruslana Yarmolyuk, the new General Manager at The Mercure Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa in Sheffield.

“Rooftop bars, tipis, to curb-side dining areas that channel Parisienne café culture is a surprising trend to emerge from the pandemic. Many hotels, including ours, invested in their outdoor spaces not just because of social distancing, but because it tapped into a shift in consciousness. Customers have embraced the move outside happily.

Even in winter, we’re seeing demand for business meetings outdoors. And here’s why ….”

NEW ENERGY

Taking your meeting outdoors generates an energy that you just won’t get inside four walls. Fresh air inspires creativity and you’re likely to get more done too. A recent study has found that just 29 minutes spent outside boosted productivity levels by 45%, so imagine what you could achieve if the entire meeting were held outside.

MEETING IN DISGUISE

Meetings have a bad rap in some organisations. We’ve all sat through those that go on forever or fallen foul of a culture of holding ‘meetings for meetings’ sake.’

One of the best things about holding a meeting outdoors is that it presents the opportunity to rip up the rule book. Speed meet. A shorter, productive meeting over a coffee outside. Brainstorming sessions in mini tips. Treehouse training course anyone?

MEETINGS ON THE MOVE

Most people know the benefits of having time away from screens to reset, but rarely make the time to do it. So why not coincide your next screen break with a ‘meeting on the move’.

This is especially good for small sessions where you want to generate ideas. A change of scenery and exercise-induced endorphins can work wonders for the creative side of the brain.

An outdoor meeting could be less confrontational too. Walking side by side is much less intimidating if you’re on the receiving end of challenging feedback.

CREATIVE CATERING

A final positive about outdoor meetings is the exciting range of food options they bring. Immersive catering such as woodfired pizza ovens and BBQs will bring another dimension to your meeting making it less formal and a refreshing change. Plus, it may just save you some money too!

A luxury conference venue, hotel, and spa in Sheffield. Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa is just one mile from Sheffield city centre and easily accessible from the M1.

Mercure Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa
01142 583811
sales@kenwoodhall.co.uk

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The facilities are recently refurbished at Kenwood Hall Hotel and Spa.