Sarah Vining, who worked with us in our marketing department for two years, accepted a new position and has moved on. We’re sad to see her go and we wish her well. This is one of the last projects Sarah worked on before she left, so in honor of her hard work, we invite you to enjoy some of the industry’s insight on their personal reasons behind hosting a meeting.
So what are some of the best reasons to host a meeting? Common themes from these 78 people interviewed include motivation, face-to-face encounters, economy and revenue, collaboration and networking. It was hard to narrow them down, but here are some of our favorites. But scroll through them all to see for yourself. And get motivated to start planning your next meeting!
- “Face-to-face meetings are imperative to moving commerce. In-person meetings are the foundation to building quality relationships through a gained mutual respect. Even the President of the United States meets with national leaders in person!” - Josh Ness, Digital Strategist, Dynamic Events
- “Meetings (at least the good ones) help our individualistic culture experience the inspiring exchange that can happen when we dialogue, learn and connect with our larger community. They provide one of the last known spaces where we all, at the same time, set aside the majority of our other responsibilities and collectively work toward solving problems and improving the world.” -Jason Judy, Director of Creative Services for the International Association of Venue Managers
- “You should hold a meeting because nothing stirs the soul more than great minds sharing the same space.” - Keith Johnston, Chief Writer PlannerWire.net
- “If used purposefully, meetings are one of the great ways to brainstorm, collaborate, create and find solutions face-to-face. A simple and proven process which gets to the core of the matter.” - Connie Gilbert, Independent event marketing consultant
- “People, ideas, surroundings and experiences all expand your horizons.” – Joan Eisenstodt, Association and Corporate Trainer