10 Essentials for a Successful Meeting

By Juliana Levinson on 10.03.17

Not all meeting spaces are created equal. When renting a space, it is important to have a full-service experience at the right price.

Here are 10 essentials to consider before planning your next meeting:

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Strategies for Productive Meetings

By Elaine Huh on 04.14.15

Meetings are one of the largest and most debilitating components of organizational clutter. Research shows that managers spend 15% of their time in meetings and many of these meetings actually have no clear purpose. Senior executives spend two full days a week in meetings. In 22% of these meetings, participants send three or more e-mails for every half an hour they spent sitting in a meeting room. This clearly contradicts the goals of a meeting to facilitate and disseminate productivity throughout the company from top down.

Here are some basic tips to consider when conducting a meeting in order to maximize productivity, inspire your staff, and get ahead:

First and foremost, designate the meeting to be held in an appropriate location. The location itself can affect the productivity of the participants. If the location is too bland or completely unengaging, participants may become bored and lethargic. On the other hand, if the location is too busy with too many distractions, the participants may lose focus.

Second, eliminate the use of technology for the duration of the meeting. While having laptops and cell phones may be useful, outside correspondence can usually wait. Also, studies show that we remember information better when we write it down by hand and doodling can lead to greater creative capacity among individuals.

Third, define the purpose of the meeting. By having a specified goal or objective for the meeting, it will be more difficult to be led astray by other factors. Set an agenda and stick to it. This helps to start and end meetings on time, which not only increases participant morale, but also increases the effort put in by participants to actually attend the meetings. Furthermore, by defining a meeting’s purpose you can better organize who should attend and develop engagement strategies to fit a specific audience.

Here at AdvantEdge, our meeting and conference rooms provide the perfect space for executing successful meetings. All our meeting spaces have state of the art technology that can facilitate your meeting without the need of any extra equipment, hassle, or distraction. Moreover, if you need anything throughout your meeting, our on-site staff is here for you. Click the button below to learn more about our workspaces and book an appointment at one of our three business centers in Washington, DC.

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Close the Deal: How Our Meeting Spaces Help Your Company Get Ahead

By David Brescia-Weiler on 02.12.15

Running your company with AdvantEdge Business Centers makes your life as a business owner much easier; we take care of all of the logistical details and allow you to focus on what is most important – guiding your business to success and growth.

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Worldwide Presence, Minimal Investment: How a Virtual Office Can Help You Span the Globe

By AdvantEdge on 04.10.14

Just because you’re a startup doesn’t mean your presence has to be as limited as your cash flow. Making the right impression can be the difference between critical investment and running deeper into the red. The global business world has brought buyers and sellers closer together, but there are many as many questions as there are answers. How can your startup go global from day one? How can you be in three critical meetings in three different locations all on the same day? How can you operate on a startup budget but present yourself like an established player? This feature will discuss how virtual offices can provide you with the professional presence you need, all while keeping precious funds in your company coffers.

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Get the Most Out of Group Work: Meeting Space Matters

By Lee Rolandi on 04.03.14

Meeting and collaborating with your colleagues is an inevitable and potentially trying task. Ideas and opinions from multiple sources are being thrown around all at once in a sometimes chaotic mess of energy, creativity, and collaboration.

Whatever you are meeting to discuss, the most basic goal is a commonly shared one: a uniform negotiation with a positive and successful outcome for your project, task, or business. In the middle of these situations, it is important to keep everything as organized and focused as possible, and through picking the right meeting space alone, you are that much closer making that task successful for both you and your colleagues.

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