Creative Corporate Workshop Trends 2018

2018 is going to be the year of… Productive Meetings. We can feel it.

As March arrives, it is a great time to start planning workshops and meetings for the year ahead. And, we believe that in order to create an environment that is productive, you need to go beyond the usual conference room setting.
Are you looking for a unique space that drives creativity, input and collaboration from the team? How do you find and plan a space that can deliver that? And, what does this mean for your next monthly meeting? 
Here’s my take on what’s happening — and what needs to happen — to deliver the best (productive) creative workshops and meetings for the year ahead.

Find A Flexible Space

Many people look for spaces where the layout can be easily adapted to meet your specific requirements. Creative workshop spaces that break from the common office environment are popular. These spaces can resemble a think tank set up with comfortable seating options, new furniture, decor and fluid spaces to suit your business needs. Outdoor venues hit the flexible space brief, as do venues found in unexpected places e.g. a converted church or warehouse. A flexible workshop space creates a sense of excitement for the team, well before the workshop starts. 

Creative Workshop Trends | Flexible Spaces

Integrate Informal Creative Spaces 

Brainstorming areas and networking spaces outside the main workshop space provide the best setting for collaborative thinking, idea generation, and interacting.  You can improve the workshop experience by incorporating ample time for brainstorming sessions in informal spaces. For example, think about scattering groups of lounge pods in different spaces. Informal spaces and various workshop areas keep team moral high and add to the overall workshop experience. Let’s get those creative juices flowing! 

Go WILD With The Food & Drink!  

The catering budget is often tight. Let’s be honest though, we are bored by sandwiches, fruit platters and muffins. Let’s turn this approach upside down. Instead of seeing lunch as a compulsory break, why not value it as a real chance for the team to interact, network and connect. Plan a menu that is creative. No need to spend a fortune either, simply find a corporate caterer offering innovative solutions, food stations and food styling – we know many! 

Creative Workshop Trends | Catering

The Residences ½ Day Outdoor Creative Workshop Runsheet

Outdoor venues are a refreshing choice for the next creative workshop session. The natural surrounds and fresh air can drive engagement and help conversations between team members go off like popcorn. Here is one of our favourite workshop itineraries that incorporates informal spaces, creative catering, a versatile set up and best of all a team bonding exercise.

8:00am: Morning Mindfulness Yoga Class
Location: The Superintendents Front Garden
9:00am: Outdoor Team Breakfast 
Food: Healthy buffet with creative catering 
Location: The Superintendents Front Garden
10:00am: Creative Brainstorming Session
Location: Group 1 in The Dining Room
Location: Group 2 in The Backyard
11:00am Outdoor Brainstorming Session De-brief 
Location: All groups in The Lawn
12:00pm Creative Workshop Concludes

12:30pm Garden Team Lunch
Food: Pop Up Picnic Hampers
Location: The Superintendents Front Garden

Final note

It’s worthwhile taking the time to find a unique meeting space that can enhance the productive nature of your workshop or meeting. Creating different experiences helps people think outside the box and also helps create memory triggers – ensuring the information discussed is more likely to be retained.

*The Residences at Centennial Park has ceased trading as an events venue as of November 2018.

Guest post by Nadia Ruben | Marketing Guru at The Residences Centennial Park

Nadia loves working at The Residences – a collection of boutique garden venues in Sydney. Nadia and the team like to dream big and help others create unique corporate and private events. Nadia is passionate about coffee, being a happiness advocate (you need to practice happiness if you want it in your life) and The Residences bespoke philosophy. The Residences bespoke approach means people can use the versatile indoor-outdoor space as they like. New ideas shine bright so that each event, big or small, stands out.