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Believe it or Not, Small Meetings Can Go On [COVID-19]

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By De-de Mulligan

It may seem like an oxymoron, but small meetings can easily and comfortably be held in large meeting venues. Given the state of the world and the fact that Ohio meetings cannot be any larger than ten (as of today), you are probably wondering if it’s worth it.

Let’s take a closer look at small meeting dynamics.


Small Meetings Have Big Numbers


Small meetings are generally defined as a gathering with a specific purpose to carry out time-sensitive objectives. Typical small meetings are retreats, training sessions, or sales meetings.

Also, small meetings are significant contributors to the meeting and event industry. According to

  • 80% of all meetings in the US have less than 50 attendees and
  • Represent more than $10 billion a year in spending.


Why Hold a Small Meeting in a Large Space


Here are the five significant benefits:

Peace of Mind

The banquet staff, group sales professionals, AV techs, and other support staff have planned and executed meetings for thousands of individuals over many years. Since the logistics of planning a small meeting are the same as a large one, you can rest assured the staff is prepared to help you every step of the way.

You are Giving Back

The hospitality industry has had a hard go of it since the coronavirus hit. By meeting face-to-face, you are helping the venue keep their doors open and staff employed.

There’s More to Do

Most massive venues have multiple options for attendee downtime, usually all within walking distance

Can Utilize Outdoor Space

Many venues have outdoor spaces for attendees to gather and learn.

The Rooms Are State-of-the-Art and Disinfected

The hospitality industry follows the CDC guidelines for cleanliness and will go above and beyond to meet your needs.

The hotel staff will set up each room in a way that will make each attendee feel safe. Be sure to communicate your requirements well in advance, especially when it comes to seating, eating, and mask-wearing. Putting four individuals at a ten-inch round is the new normal.

Each room is already wired with Wi-Fi, has a large monitor in it for presentations, and can be set up with conference call or video conferencing capabilities if some attendees would prefer to participate from the comfort of their home or office.

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