Five top tips for the perfect kick off meeting

6th Jan 2020

We’re talking about kick off meetings — the very meeting that gets everyone prepared, excited, and ready to work on a project. Kick off meetings set the tone for the entire project and is such a critical moment in a project; an opportunity to establish common goals and purpose in completing the work.

The start of every year see’s companies embarking on kick-off meetings and planning workshops to put them in good stead for the upcoming year. But just how do you plan a kick off meeting? Great kick off meetings don’t just happen by accident, they happen because of careful preparation. A thoughtfully planned kick off meeting will go better than a haphazardly thrown together meeting any day.

Check out our five top tips on how you can deliver the perfect kick off meeting below:

1. Location, Location, Location

The starting point and the first question that you will ask yourself is where to hold the kick off meeting. A change of scenery is a great way to deliver a new experience for all who are in attendance and one that makes your employees feel that they are valued. There is something altogether different about holding an event at a manor house in the New Forest and one that knocks the stereotyped image of corporate events out of the park (in our case the New Forest National Park). Inspire new ideas in a comfortable relaxed setting and get ready for the project ahead.

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2. Think about the space

There are many things to consider when choosing an event. Do the spaces in your chosen venue work for your event? Think about how employees are to move from one space to another, does it flow, do you have break out areas? If the British weather allows, can you get your employees outside? A break with a breath of fresh air can really make the difference in an all-day event. 

For an alternative and stylish corporate event, Careys Manor glamping offers valuable time in the great outdoors without all the hard work of traditional camping. Enjoy adventurous days in the fresh air, with nights spent in luxury under the stars in a traditional Bell tent.

Why not come and take a look for yourself. Book your show around today.

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3. Schedule the fun

Provide employees the time needed to relax and to bring new and interesting ideas to mind. Work hard, play hard, and get inspired to shape a positive approach for your project. With access to 10 acres of wide open space, your employees can benefit from action packed team building activities including country pursuits, sailing days, British Bake off, film making, Segway’s and much more!

To discover how Careys Manor can help shape your event and leave your employees buzzing after a great day, download our brochure to see what’s on offer.

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4. Treat the taste bud

Avoid hungry employees and tired brains with lots of break out bites and refreshments to keep them going throughout the day.  With three onsite restaurants to choose from, we take food seriously at Careys Manor. Enjoy a delicious, nutrient -rich hot and cold buffet or a tasty working lunch to keep them going all day. There’s a good chance that you will get most comments and feedback about food so discuss your requirements with us so that you don’t forget your veggies, vegans, gluten frees and all the other dietary requirements your employees may have.

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5. Ask the experts

At Careys Manor, we have the best team behind the scenes to ensure your event goes perfectly without a hitch. Our experienced staff can help you create a package exact to your needs so talk to us today so be sure to ask as many questions as you would like.


First impressions matter, and you only get one chance to make them. The above steps will go a long way in leaving employees informed and motivated to kick start this project and make it a success!

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