Christmas and New Year parties can be so much fun and the social highlight of the year, but there comes a moment when you realise it’s time to get back on the straight and narrow.
How can you apply this idea to your events so that you can stay in line with offering wellness support to your attendees?
January is traditionally known as the month when many people look to detox from the usual festive season over indulgence. It’s a time when there is a lot of focus on health and wellbeing. Fortunately, by using a bit of creativity, it’s a theme that can easily be applied to any business or social events that you may have plans to deliver.
It’s also a flexible theme, so even if you’re running an evening networking event, you might want to focus on wellness rather than the what can sometimes be the typical social jollity of alcohol.
To give you a helping hand (of health), here’s what to think about when looking to run a January wellness event to deliver a healthful difference for your attendees:
Most caterers will also offer a range of healthy choices. Opt for fruits and smoothies instead of the classic coffee and pastries. If lunch or dinner is involved, then go with lighter options. Ask whether your caterer can provide organic or superfood based meals. There should also be some healthy options in addition to or to replace wine or beer. Strive for healthy munchies and how about a healthy cocktail bar?
Inject some exercise
The human brain loves a little exercise. It’s the way to deliver oxygen and blood to it and that enables it to work better. How about introducing a few stretches or some breathing exercises every time you change speakers? You won’t have your attendees in a sweat in the middle of the day when they must network and look fresh. Otherwise, you might want to offer 10-minute shoulder massages or an outside walk. They will thank you for this as it will help them to stay mentally alert and physically refreshed for the rest of the sessions.
Consider wellness when it comes to your location. Is it easy to be able to go outside and breath in some fresh air? Is there a garden or outside space to enjoy? How about opting for an outdoor location that is in line with your wellness theme?
If you’re hosting a networking event and you’ve decided to drop the alcohol, you may need some help with devising some fresh meeting approaches that support interaction:
PechaKucha. Meaning ‘chit chat’ in Japanese, it’s a presentation method where 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each – for a grand total of 6 mins and 40 secs.
Fishbowl. A trending and potentially controversial topic is discussed by a small group before a larger audience. Anybody can join in at any time.
Open Space Technology (OST). Initiated by the moderator who will present the topic and explain the format. The participants then go onto the set the agenda and the pace. Here are the principles.
World Café. This format sees groups of 4 or 5 sitting around a circular table. A 20-minute discussion which is referred to as ‘research’ on the topic, then one member will switch to another group.
Each of these session formats guarantee interaction, movement and engagement from your participants.
In summary, blending events with wellness or the big January detox can work out great and your participants will be glad that they don’t have to indulge again.
Let us know how you get on.