Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Best Practices - Multi-Course Plated Meals

As we get back to hosting face-to-face meetings, a great way to eliminate touchpoints for attendees is providing them with a premade multi-course plate. The plate will have all food selections on one tray, so attendees are able to pick up food at a single place rather than multiple stations. In the picture, you can see the tray includes an appetizer, main course and two sides to eat with the main meal including dessert. This will assist in eliminating foot traffic at multiple food stations during a mealtime.

This type of food option could be served to the attendees at their table or be handed out at a station for them to grab on the way to their seats. Overall, the presentation of the plate is very appealing and can give attendees the reassurance that safety measures are being taken.

At Meeting Sites Pro., we are always looking for new and innovative ways to keep our attendees safe and fulfilled!

Monday, August 3, 2020

The New Touchless Buffets

Due to the new world that we are living in, many industry professionals thought buffets were a thing of the past. However, while they look quite different, you may be seeing buffets at your next meeting or event sooner than you thought.

These new buffets provide a touchless experience for guests. When an attendee arrives at the buffet, a staff member equipped with proper PPE is stationed behind a plexiglass barrier. The attendee is then able to instruct the staff member on which items they would like served on their plate. Once they reach the end of the buffet, the staff member will then place a lid on the plate and set it on a table for the attendee to pick-up and walk back to their table.

At Meeting Sites Pro, we are dedicated to finding new and innovative ways to ensure the safety of attendees while we get back to business!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

New to Meetings & Events | Directional Arrows

As we begin to hold face-to-face meetings, one of the new items that will be displayed are directional arrows. These arrows will be used to guide attendees safely through the meeting space and create one-way aisles that minimize cross over. In the diagram above, you can see the directional arrows are creating a safe walkway for attendees to move around the room and exit/enter the meeting space.

In addition to assisting with traffic flow, directional arrows also offer a new and unique sponsorship opportunity. The arrows can be personalized to include logos or event branding materials. By allowing sponsors to display their logos on your directional areas you can add a new revenue stream to your next event. At Meeting Sites Pro, we are dedicated to working with our clients to find functional and safe ways to meet face-to-face.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Future of Meeting Space

As we look forward to planning meetings and events, one challenging factor is accounting for social distancing. In the current environment, it has become difficult for planners to maximize the space in a room while creating a memorable experience for attendees. However, there are still ways to ensure safety and still meet face-to-face.

In the diagram below, you can see the layout for a classroom set with one person per a six-foot table. While this does look quite different than what we are used to seeing, this set allows attendees to maintain six feet of social distancing and meet safely. You will notice that there are arrows displayed on the floor to guide attendees when they enter and exit the meeting space and reduce contact.

A great resource for creating a social distancing diagram like this one is allseated.com. The site provides feature that ensure six feet of distance between all seats and allows you to add directional arrows. Although meeting diagrams may look different for the time being, face-to-face meetings can still create a memorable and safe experience for attendees!