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Experience. Immersion. Teambuilding. These are the goals that are at the top of every meeting planners mind in 2017. Meeting planners everywhere are looking for new experiences and adventures to offer meeting attendees. Companies are in a constant race to create meetings and conferences that keep attendees engaged and inspired. Bottom line: Experiential events drive high levels of success for companies!
Planning interactive meetings and conferences that will keep attendees engaged is just one piece of the big picture. Believe it or not, furnishings play an instrumental role in creating environments that encourage learning and teambuilding. Whether you are creating interactive breakout sessions or inspiring fireside chats, utilizing comfortable seating is important to create an environment that encourages participation and the exchange of ideas.
Customizing your seating is important to creating the look and feel you want to achieve for your meeting or conference. Lecture style seating is much different than engaging fireside chats. Candid TED-style talks call for different types of seating arrangements than a hosted buyer session. Traditional conference-style seating is out of style. Big trends for conferences and meetings in 2017 are pod-style seating arrangements, stylish lounge seating, and powered furniture.
A great option for team-building exercises or group networking sessions; pod seating creates a sense of cordiality among guests while also allowing for space to communicate between tables. CORT offers the modular Endless Collection that can put a new spin on pod-seating with comfortable, stylish furnishings. Encourage interaction among attendees. Nothing makes a meeting more impactful than the successful exchange of ideas! CORT’s Endless Collection can also be paired with Powered Tables to create a powered pod grouping that allows your guests to power their devices during their meetings.
Incorporating Stylish Lounge Seating
Mix up your seating arrangement! Don’t be afraid to throw some statement lounge seating pieces into the mix or pops of color to bring your meeting/conference space to life! Create education session seating that represents your company brand. Bring in pops of color with pillows or colorful ottomans. Working on a fireside chat or breakout sessions? Consider using CORT’s new Marche Swivel Ottomans to add pops of colors and seating that can be easily moved into different arrangements!
Powering Up Your Meetings
The importance of staying connected cannot be stressed enough in the current meeting environment. When attendees rush to find seating by wall outlets to charge their phones or other electronics, it’s disruptive to the overall experience. CORT offers a wide selection of powered seating with built-in charging capabilities to keep your attendees engaged and their devices charged. A variety of powered furniture can create communal spaces that foster a team environment and encourage collaborative interactions. CORT’s new Powered HexagonOttomans and Island Double Sofas are a great way to integrate fashions colors and marble accents into your meeting space!
Functional furnishings can play an important role in making meetings more productive. With CORT’s powered furnishings, modular seating and colorful statement pieces, you can create interactive environments that facilitate learning, engagement and networking. When planning your next meeting or conference, contact the talented event professionals at CORT Events to help make your next one a success!
To learn more about CORT’s meeting and event rental collections, visit www.cortevents.com.
Erinn Jones is the marketing manager for CORT Trade Show and Event Furnishings. She is responsible for national marketing efforts across all channels. Erinn resides in Las Vegas.