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

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?

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5 Meeting Room Etiquette Tips for Meeting Attendees

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Business meetings can be held for a wide variety of reasons, but the impression you make on others is often the most memorable part of the event. As business partnerships are usually built on trust, making positive impressions in every meeting can help your business grow. Below are a few small tips for maintaining proper etiquette during meetings where you have been invited to attend.

  1. Be on Time!

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to prepare for a good meeting is to be on time for the event. People often operate on tight schedules, and if you cause delays, everybody is going to feel put out if the meeting ends with unresolved items. Always plan to be early to every meeting so potential delays won’t be much of an issue. If an emergency or an unavoidable problem arises that causes you to be late, try and notify each attendee that you’re running behind and let them know that they’re free to start the meeting in your absence.

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How To Use Meeting Room Rentals To Make Your Business Stand Out – Infographic

HOW TO USE MEETING ROOM RENTALS TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS STAND OUT

As an entrepreneur, you are always looking for a variety of ways to make your business stand out, grow, and succeed. What if we told you that one solution can offer you all of those benefits? Follow along to discover how to use a meeting space rental as a cost-effective solution to make your business stand out.

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How to Compete as a Small Business in a Big Business World

No matter what kind of small business you own, you’re bound to have larger competitors. It isn’t a question of “if,” but rather a matter of “when.”

When a big business emerges in your market, it can be challenging to compete with them when you are on a small business budget. After all, you have very different business structures and resources at your disposal. However, this doesn’t mean that your potential is restricted. There are many things you can do maintain the success of your small business in a big business world.

Emphasize what makes your business unique

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How to Master the Art of the Elevator Pitch

Most sales pitches don’t take place in a prearranged meeting space. Frequent opportunities to make a sales pitch are brief and bound to happen unexpectedly.

You never know when you might be bumping shoulders with potential high-profile investors or clients, whether it’s at a convention, networking event, or simply a location that’s always brimming with business activity. For this reason, every entrepreneur should have a detailed business plan, and with that includes a well-crafted elevator pitch.

What is an elevator pitch?

An elevator pitch is an extremely brief and incredibly persuasive sales speech or presentation and an effective sales tool that all entrepreneurs should have ready.

Imagine the length of an elevator ride, approximately 30 seconds. This is the length of time you have to make a strong impression while communicating all of the most important and interesting aspects of your business, providing just enough information to communicate you have a solution, but leaving enough questions unanswered to prompt your audience to make inquiries themselves.

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Davinci 101: Same-Day Meeting Room Booking for the Mobile Entrepreneur

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Business moves faster today than it ever has. Digital communication technologies and search engines have helped businesses to connect and align their business goals more easily than in any previous decade. Adam is a mobile entrepreneur. Working out of his home, Adam uses virtual office services to maintain a professional business address, a live receptionist team to keep his business running smoothly, and meeting room rental services to close deals and maintain a personal relationship with current and potential clients. Adam not only keeps pace with business in today’s world, he’s staying ahead.

Quite often as Adam is working on leads and following up with clients, the need to set up meetings on short notice presents itself. Without a permanent meeting space, Adam uses Davinci Meeting Rooms to book conference rooms by the hour, and due to Davinci’s ability to provide rooms on a next-day or even same-day basis, Adam is able to satisfy his clients’ demands in impressive fashion.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Small Businesses

Individuals normally look to the beginning of each New Year to make resolutions for personal improvement—to lose weight, to spend more time with one’s partner or family, to manage finances better, to learn a new language, to run a marathon…the list could go on for pages. Sometimes these initiatives are successful; sometimes they fail within a few weeks of the New Year.

New Year’s resolutions are also good for businesses. Taking a moment to reflect on the past year and consider new ideas and strategies for the coming year is a great exercise for every business—particularly small businesses. Well-thought business resolutions can help companies improve productivity, lower costs, and fuel growth.

Davinci offers easily attainable goals and is a great resolution starting point for many small businesses. To seed your thinking, here are 10 resolutions that you might want to consider for 2015; we’re calling it the list of “no mores….”

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Taking Your Office on the Road

The newest trend is to take your office on the road. Workers are so busy nowadays making transactions on the go that they must be suitably equipped to work outside the office. Sometimes they need to work in the cab on the way to the airport, to finish a document that must be delivered before boarding a flight.

Then during the flight there might still be some loose ends to tidy up and while the phone or computer is in flight mode, they are busily preparing for the moment they are able to transmit their data. Many airlines are equipped with phone service so that making an expensive call to your office is not uncommon.

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Hotdesk Your Way to Success

Years ago my department moved to newly renovated offices in another section of the building. Everyone staked their claim for the ideal office cubicle, but those who were absent during this exercise had to choose from the leftovers.

People, quite naturally, become very territorial when it comes to their office spaces. After all these are the spaces they will occupy for at least eight hours a day. They decorate then with photos, plants, and other personal touches, which distinguishes their work environment from others and provides a sense of comfort to the workers.

This type of territorial claim is fast becoming a thing of the past now that hotdesking is catching on in many work places. The hotdesking concept was developed in Europe and is catching on fast in the United States as a newer way to work. Employees arrive at the office and settle into any workspace that is available or assigned to them that day. Companies see this as a cost-saving feature that puts loads of cash back into their pockets.

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