When planning a retreat, one of the first items on the checklist is to solidify a date.
- Keep the purpose of the event in mind when looking at the calendar.
- Check school holidays locally and in your proposed meeting location. For example, spring break is a BAD time to consider a beach resort.
- Find out when religious holidays fall. You don’t want to make it difficult for anyone to attend.
After you have chosen your ideal dates,
- Consider the geographic location that works best for your attendees. Attendees are usually unwilling to travel more than 3 hours to an event.
Your advanced planning will enhance their anticipation for the coming meeting.
Adapted from Aunt Polly’s Pearls of Wisdom for Meeting Planners