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27 November 2023 / Allyson Fuller-Moore

To Meet or Not to Meet?

Topics: Real Estate

Earlier this year, I was approached with what I would call an “assigned opportunity." The idea was for an in-person meeting for all of the managers and directors within the firm. This would be an unprecedented event with no priors to draw from as to outline or scope. There would also be a social event the evening before the meeting with an open slate to play with. Fortunately, five others were also approached with this same opportunity and the collaboration began early in the year.

Planning a meaningful event requires time, organization, and discipline. While you cannot make 100% of people happy 100% of the time, you can work to do just that for the majority. We did what we hoped was our best effort to get feedback and insight from those who would attend - prior to even designing what our events would look like.

We compared our desired meeting look based on past staff events and the feedback that preceded them. We adjusted our other priorities throughout the year – over the course of seven months – to offer events with value and meaning.

For those attending these events, there is a sacrifice as well, especially when part of the commitment is during the weekend hours. If there is any type of travel or lodging involved, that increases the obligation. There may also be a small part of dread for the event as it dictates your day and time rather than you controlling how you spend your time. No one likes to relinquish that type of control to their ever-so-busy days.

However, if you mentally make peace with the commitments and changes to your schedule and you dedicate the time with a positive attitude, you may find that the events are beneficial in more ways than you could have imagined.

It’s important to engage with familiar co-workers, but also content presenters or even those you simply may not communicate with frequently. You may find resources and relationships that will serve you and your teams later. If you can agree that you can make it for a day (or even a few hours) without your email and your cell phone, you can benefit in many ways. There is value to interacting outside of emails - with an emoticon thrown in here and there - to grow a relationships and benefit your organization!

I’m happy to report that our inaugural manager/director meeting was a great success, and all of the pre-planning and attention to detail resulted in a productive, fun, and worthwhile event.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact director of real estate default Allyson Fuller-Moore at any time. 

This blog is not a solicitation for business and it is not intended to constitute legal advice on specific matters, create an attorney-client relationship or be legally binding in any way.

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