The purposes of most retreats are to educate and motivate the attendees and to provide an opportunity to share information and techniques, as well as to create an atmosphere for social interaction. Some meetings have as their goals employee team building or leadership development. Many companies and organizations schedule meetings simply because they are the best way to accomplish set purposes in the shortest amount of time with the fewest interruptions. Most attendees think of meetings as “perks.” They look forward to a learning experience and a good time.
An excerpt from Aunt Polly’s Pearls of Wisdom for Meeting Planners, By Leslie Schultz