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100+ Conference Room Names

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Picking a conference room name might seem like just another task, but it can be a great team building exercise that fosters comradery and let’s your employees feel like they have a personal investment in the company. This in turn becomes another step to get them more involved & embedded with the company overall.

The goal with a conference room name is to further improve and grow the culture of your business. An often quoted researcher in this space, J.M. George, wrote in an article titled Human Relations, where he noted that negative mood can move people to think and act negatively. Negativity can in turn have your employees cynical of others and their ideas, which spreads like a disease and impacts others, which in turn slows creativity in problem solving or idea generation.

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How Sleep Effects Meetings

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Previously we addressed how, now more than ever, it is important to design and conduct meetings that are dynamic and worthwhile in order to capture the interest of a workforce today that may have more focuses and widening responsibilities, greater work-life considerations to juggle, and therefore perhaps a more limited attention span than prior work generations.

We also examined the advent of more remote-working fueled video-conferencing and skyping, plus the litmus test of considering whether a meeting is even needed in a world that’s going more ‘end result and bottom-line’ oriented and less presentee-required and visually managed than was the norm of previous work generations.

Getting a good night’s rest (and for an increasing many, a good, brief rejuvenation nap or meditation respite to gather oneself and recharge for more energetic mid-day/afternoon-to-evening productiveness), is a recipe for sharper thinking, brainstorming and enthusiastic/contagious teamwork. Certainly, this healthy practice of better sleep and rest is also a catalyst for better meetings, especially when physical meetings are at play.

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8 Things That Can Go Wrong When Hosting a Customer Meeting

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Whether customer meetings are hosted onsite or offsite, there are a number of things that can go wrong. Nearly every business professional has been witness to at least several of the following scenarios. Some may have simply been minor distractions; others may have been show-stoppers where deals were lost or service issues were left unresolved.

1. Obscure Address. Not every company is able to afford a location that is easy to find. While your office location may fully satisfy day-to-day business functions, it may not be the best location for a customer meeting. Indeed, beyond a late start to the meeting, having customers “frantically” searching for a hard-to-find address creates a bad customer disposition before the customer even arrives at your location.
Tip – Davinci Meeting Rooms are Google optimized so they are easy to find and direct your clients to. Your client will always find the address as we already took the necessary steps to make Google aware of the location.

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Customer Success Story: Compassionate Beginnings, LLC

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In this month’s Customer Success Story, Davinci highlights Compassionate Beginnings LLC, which offers support and education for families dealing with alcohol and drug addiction in Leesburg & Fairfax Virginia.

Compassionate Beginnings came to Davinci when Kimberley, their certified substance abuse counselor, needed to rent a professional office space to meet and do assessments. After searching online, she quickly found Davinci Meeting Rooms and used our easy online order form to book a meeting room for a time slot that worked for her.

After finding a location in Leesburg that met all of her needs, Kimberley was able to confidently meet with clients, all in a great atmosphere. When asked why she would recommend Davinci Meeting Rooms, Kimberley stated, “The rate is on point, and I was very impressed with the services”. With the important meetings Kimberley and some of our clients provide, we always strive to provide a professional location to hold a meeting, conference call or to do collaborative work in.

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Why Have a Meeting, If It’s Not an Event?

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We live in a time when the reason to call for and have a physical meeting needs to be considered more prudently. In many instances, meetings are simply a relic left from the days when they were critical to the consistent and successful communication that organizations, departments and colleagues needed to have in order to make sure everyone was thoroughly versed, expressed and on the same page.

Those days when we need to physically meet are dwindling. Technological wizardry is evolving each day that enables people to virtually meet via web applications, teleconferencing systems, and through other methods and gadgetry. Add to that the fact that people remote work now more than ever (and more so with each passing day)…and you have a burgeoning, voracious need and market for online tele-meetings, closely being chased and satisfied by leap-frogging, innovative IT communications advances.

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Are You Planning a Customer Event? 12 Things to Consider

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Customer events are great opportunities for companies to foster deeper, more strategic relationships with their customers. Research shows that customers who attend events have fewer support issues, are more loyal, and enlarge their spend.

The benefits are a two-way street. Users yearn for the chance to interact directly with their vendors and with each other. Because of the information they obtain from these interactions, they leave more knowledgeable and better equipped as an end user.

Business Value of Local Events

While some companies can afford to manage annual end-user conferences, many cannot do so—and this is particularly true for most small businesses. Large events require substantial logistics, resources, time, and cost. On the flip side, local customer events are much easier to orchestrate for small businesses. Many customers also prefer intimate events where they can have more substantive conversations with other local users.

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5 Meeting Room Etiquette Tips for Meeting Organizers

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In our last Davinci 101 we talked about a few etiquette tips for meeting attendees. Since most of our clients are often on the other side of the table presenting, we picked 5 more etiquette tips, this time focusing on meeting organizers and presenters. While there’s a lot that goes into presenting and organizing a meeting, proper etiquette is a great way to make sure that your meeting is memorable for all the right reasons.

  1.  Start on Time

Just as everybody is expected to show up on time for the meeting, attendees expect the meeting to begin at the scheduled time. If you are still waiting on some people to show up, start the meeting and offer to catch them up on what they missed after the meeting. While you may not want anybody missing out on what you need to say, it’s unprofessional to keep people waiting around for you to start the show.

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Your Next In-Person Prospect Meeting: 7 Things to Consider About the Location

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Despite technology disruption and demographic shifts, “old-fashioned,” face-to-face meetings remain the most effective means for conducting business. Business professionals in a study published by Oxford Economics found that virtual meetings with prospects are 85 percent less effective than in-person meetings (only 12 percent indicate virtual meetings are more effective).[1]

Facial expressions, hand gestures, voice tone, and other mannerisms provide valuable information to the listener. They are often just as important as the words themselves. Even when virtual video technologies are employed, the experience is not the same; listeners simply are not able to derive the same information as when in-person.

3 Reasons for In-Person Prospect Meetings

There is no replacement to the energy and connections that occur with in-person meetings. This is particularly important in sales scenarios, when sales managers aim to secure a prospect’s interest and further engagement. Three of the most salient ways in which in-person prospect meetings enable greater sales success include:

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8 Things that Can Go Wrong When Planning the Location for Your Next Face-to-Face Customer Meeting

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Customer meetings are probably the most important business-to-customer interaction that takes place during the relationship life-cycle. Customers have limited time for meetings, and thus businesses must capitalize on the opportunity to convey the right amount and type of information, foster strategic relationship building, and set the stage for the next set of desired actions.

Prepping for a Face-to-Face Customer Meeting

How businesses prep for and then manage these meetings is crucial. Much has been written on the subject. Tips and strategies include everything from doing your homework before the meeting, to dressing and acting the part, to setting an agenda and using it to guide the conversation.[1] And with the influx of millennials in the workforce (expected to comprise half of the workforce within the next year), the dynamics of managing customer relationships changes, including in-person meetings.[2]

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The Tide Has Turned On What It Takes To Run a Successful Meeting

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It used to be that when a company or manager planned a meeting, their employees participated with apparent interest, be it real or feigned, by demonstrating visual attentiveness. Regardless of whether they were into it or not, most employees would listen intently, and did so out of manners and courtesy, at which time they provided their undivided attention.

In many corners these days, all bets are off when it comes to the old standards of having facial and body language be the primary indicator of how attentive the meeting attendees are. Many Gen-Y/Millennial digital natives don’t provide such continual eye-contact during meetings — and unless it’s an old school ‘digital immigrant’ conducting the meeting and upholding the traditional cultural standard of visual attentiveness, the meeting leader doesn’t expect it, either.

Why?