Avoid These Mistakes When Planning a Corporate Retreat

If you’re planning a large group event in the Dallas area, you’ll need a venue that can accommodate your attendees but doesn’t fall flat when your employees show up to the corporate retreat. It’s hard to figure out how to choose a conference venue that’s both unique and on budget, but avoid these mistakes and you’ll be on the right track. As experts in event planning, we’ve compiled this list of things not to do when planning a corporate retreat.


Mistake #1: Not booking a unique and exciting venue. If your employees are getting out of the office, they don’t want to go somewhere uninspiring. Perhaps 300 acres of ranchland would appeal to your company retreat? Just imagine the possibilities these unique features will add to your conference.   


Mistake #2: Not providing snacks. Even if you aren’t providing a full meal, snacks and refreshments are important. A venue that has an on-site kitchen and culinary staff is a big advantage when planning a corporate retreat. Even better if they have a picnic package.


Mistake #3: Not touring the event space ahead of time. You’ll want to keep in mind the size of your group when choosing a venue. It’s a good idea to look for options that can accommodate a range of group sizes. Will you need multiple meeting rooms for breakout sessions? Make sure the venue can accommodate your conference agenda, from beginning to end.


Mistake #4: Skimping on atmosphere. Looking to keep it professional but also relaxed? Make sure your venue reflects that. A unique and stimulating environment will encourage creative thoughts and ideas. You want your attendees to be excited about attending, so why not entice them with a unique venue space?


Mistake #5: Not providing fun and entertainment. Horseback trail rides, ranch tours, and a mansion of legends. What more could you want? Well, there’s more where that comes from at Southfork Ranch.


Located just minutes from key areas of the Metroplex, Southfork Ranch is a legendary ranch that offers a full-service conference venue complete with on-site catering, two full-time event planners, and a beautiful Dallas setting you won’t find anywhere else. Contact us at info@southforkranch.com or call 972-442-7800 for more information on hosting your conference at Southfork Ranch.

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