By Troy Hazard | Dec. 21, 2019
It’s about this time of the year that everyone is planning their ‘kick off’ meetings for 2020, and speakers and agents are typically taking briefs from event planners about all of the things their clients are looking to ‘launch’ at those meetings, to kick start the New Year.
But what if the kick off meeting wasn’t just kicking off the New Year, it was instead kicking off a narrative for 2020?
Troy Hazard on how to get the most out of your 2020 Kick-Off meeting
Knowing how important these meetings are to an event planner, we’ve come up with a formula to carry the message well beyond the kick off meeting, and campaign it throughout the entire year.
Here’s an example of how that works.
At the moment I am working on a speaker brief for an event in January with 1,000 participants. This is for an incredibly successful 30-year-old business that is about to push through another inflection point in its growth. As a result, there is a lot of change going on in the business, which trickles down to a lot of information to consolidate into a series of key messages at the event, mine being one of them as the opening keynote.
In our first (scheduled) briefing call I encouraged the event planner to consider how we might broaden the sphere of influence, beyond the brief, to include client stakeholders from their learning and development department, their HR department, and their field team of representatives. The main reason for the request was to engage anyone that would have contact with the event participants on a regular basis, after the event.
Then we collaborated to develop a 5-part plan on how to take my core messages, and campaign a narrative throughout 2020.
From the initial briefing with the event planner, I crafted a custom keynote that reflected stories and case studies from the 13 companies I’ve owned, that directly related to the changes the business was about to go through.
Then I recorded a short video outline of the keynote content the event planner could share with various client stakeholders.
From there, we set about working out who would be part of the 2020 ‘team’ to campaign the messages throughout the year, and invited those individuals to a second briefing call. On that call, we outlined the communication elements we felt would be beneficial in ensuring the message was carried well into 2020.
We then shared those elements in a short video with all client staff that were attending the event as event support.
I then created a ‘teaser’ video to send out to participants introducing the theme for the event and giving them a taste that, ‘this is not a typical kick off event, this is truly going to be a launch into 2020’.
The end result will be that we will have everyone aligned to the message, and participants more engaged both at the event, and throughout 2020.
It’s a formula I’ve worked with year after year, and the results are outstanding. All it requires is a little more engagement from a few more stakeholders; and the minds of many make a much bigger impact on so many more participants.
This year, when you are preparing for your kick off meeting, take a moment to consider how you can kick 2020, into 2021.