Well, it seems like spring has sprung, for now. Once again, the green of the trees returns and the flowers bloom. The days are longer, the nights are warmer, and we’re firmly on the path into summer. Makes you feel better already, doesn’t it?
Also, before you say anything, yes we know we’re a bit behind on the newsletters. Yes, you’re correct in thinking there wasn’t a winter one. There wasn’t even an autumn one. We know. We’re sorry. As is so often said, things got in the way.
Thankfully things like, ya know, live events, which are coming back in dribs and drabs as people finally realise that maybe, just maybe, meeting up again in person might be beneficial. As you can probably guess, we’re all for it, and looking to see what the rest of the year brings.
So, here’s what’s been on our minds in the last little while…
Supporting your events this year
In true small business style, we’ve had a bit of a spring clean of our website, and consolidated our events offer as we move back towards mostly live events again (with a couple of hybrid events thrown in for good measure!).
We’ve been talking to businesses and partner organisations about how we can support them with their events this year, whether that’s running our “team building” sessions, designing conferences and events for maximum impact or just facilitating their meetings to ensure better outcomes.
You can read more about how we can help you with your events in our blog post here: Supporting events in 2022.
This month, we’ve been back working with teams again, one of our favourite things to do – this time, a group of section leaders in a food organisation whose roles and responsibilities have changed a lot over the pandemic.
It prompted us to think more about our team development sessions and actually what’s behind them, so we’ve finally written down our “individual; team; business” approach when it comes to this type of work.
We’ll no doubt formalise it in the coming weeks, but Howard’s latest article talks a bit more about this approach and how we put it into practice: Individual - Team - Business.
All of the work we’ve been doing – team development sessions, conferences, and events – have all stressed the importance of real, human connection, something we’ve all missed during the last couple of years.
So many of our conversations recently have involved people who have never met their team, joined a new organisation halfway through lockdown, or those who just haven’t seen people with whom they work in two years. This seems incredible to us!
Zoom and Teams might have been tiding us through until now, but virtual cannot replace creating in-person connection – here’s our thoughts on this: Creating Connection.
I can now see that there’s been a…little…bit of a theme in the things we’ve been looking at recently, with the focus on getting people back together really dominating the conversation. But given everything that’s happened, it makes sense, and it’s something we’re very passionate about.
We’re definitely of the opinion that now is the perfect opportunity to get people back together, reconnect and actually be humans in a room again. With winter out of the way, restrictions eased and new event budgets about to be agreed, there’s never been a better time to connect…
So, if you need help with your events, or just want a chat about what you’ve got coming up this year, get in touch!
Give us a ring on 01926 941747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can even book a free consultation through this fancy Calendly page here.
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