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Everything you need to know about company seminars

Tom Bengaouer
Responsable Communication & Marketing

There are always good reasons to organize a company seminar... to integrate a new work organization, new employees or simply to motivate and federate teams. Seminars are a particularly effective management tool, and should be included in your strategy if you want to develop a solid corporate culture.

Today, we're revealing everything there is to know about the company seminar: the benefits, the different activities to set up, how to organize it and where!

Corporate seminar presentation

A corporate seminar is a professional event designed to bring together a company's employees in a setting often outside the usual workplace. The aim of this gathering is to foster communication, the exchange of ideas, training and motivation, and to reinforce team cohesion. Presentations, workshops and activities are generally organized to achieve these objectives.

Looking to energize your teams and boost your company's productivity? Discover the unsuspected potential of corporate seminars by tailoring them to your needs 😊

Here are the main types of seminars you can organize according to your objectives: 

  • integration seminar ; 
  • motivation seminar ;
  • training seminar ; 
  • work seminar ;
  • management seminar ;
  • management seminar.

💡Good to know: the choice of seminar location can play a decisive role. Whenever possible, opt for out-of-the-ordinary destinations that stimulate your teams' creativity. Far from the daily grind, your staff will be delighted to find themselves in an inspiring environment, conducive to new ideas.

Why organize a residential seminar for your employees?

Organizing a residential seminar means offering your employees a different experience. Unlike a traditional company seminar, a residential seminar allows you to organize one or more days away from the company's premises, creating a real break from the day-to-day business environment.

This type of seminar enables you to bring your teams together in an exotic setting, while allowing them to concentrate on the activities on offer. The warm setting and all-inclusive organization (accommodation, meals, activities) are ideal for motivating your staff.

It's also about getting them to work together, to improve group cohesion.

Naturally, the personalities and skills of each individual are revealed and expressed more freely.Breaks and meal times provide an opportunity for participants to interact and break down the hierarchies that usually separate them in the workplace.

By offering them this enriching experience, your employees will feel more relaxed, valued and involved in the company's success.

The objective? 

Foster a positive dynamic within the company, for more fulfilled teams and greater productivity at work!

Toensure that your residential seminar is as effective as possible, it's essential that you understand your company's needs precisely. This will enable you to create an event perfectly adapted to your company's objectives and values.

This will enable you to design a tailor-made program, incorporating truly relevant activities.

Why choose an original corporate seminar?

Are you an ambitious company looking for fulfillment and innovation? Why settle for ordinary corporate seminars when you can offer your employees a unique experience?

Stand out from the crowd with an original corporate seminar!

In this way, you invest effectively in team cohesion and employee motivation.

By organizing an original corporate seminar, you can create unforgettable memories, strengthen bonds and stimulate creativity. 

Give free rein to your imagination by choosing unusual locations, exciting activities and surprising formats. Show your employees that you value their well-being above all else. They'll be grateful. And everyone wins:

  • employees are more fulfilled at work and therefore more productive;
  • company performance increases.

To set up an original and effective corporate seminar, you first need to define your objectives, your needs and your budget. Next, you'll need to choose the right element to set yourself apart. There are several ways of doing this.

  • Hold your corporate seminar in an atypical setting, in a meeting room with a special ambience, or even outside if the weather permits.
  • Offer original activities during the seminar, such as a collaborative escape game, an augmented reality treasure hunt, a cooking workshop or a meditation session during a break.
  • Organize an original evening, proposing an atypical meal outside the workshops of the company seminar to surprise them and leave a lasting impression.

How to organize a corporate seminar?

The key to a successful corporate seminar is to take the time to prepare well in advance, and to surround yourself if necessary. Don't hesitate to call on professionals to support you in this process. Of course, you can also choose to organize everything from A to Z.

So where do you start? First, you need to define your objectives:

  • why would you like to organize a company seminar? 
  • for whom is it intended: partners, employees, customers? 
  • what is your budget?

Then take the time to choose a suitable venue, date and duration. Arrange transport for your teams, and don't forget to organize accommodation and meals for each participant!

Based on this organization, you can then prepare the activities according to your objectives and contact the desired speakers to create a complete program for the entire duration of the seminar. Make sure that all organizers and service providers communicate and share the information they need to ensure that the seminar runs smoothly.

Note that it may be necessary to visit the site the day before the event to ensure that everything is in place to facilitate the running of the corporate seminar. On the big day, you'll need to stay on top of things to welcome participants and run the activities.

Once the seminar is over, continue to communicate with participants. Remember to thank them by e-mail, and ask them directly what they thought of the seminar: for example, prepare a long list of questions for their feedback.

The aim is to make progress together and identify areas for improvement. You can also debrief with all the participants and service providers and ask them for their opinion. This will only strengthen your future relationship!

Find out more about organizing a corporate seminar here.

Organize a team-building seminar for your employees

Would you like to breathe new energy into your company and strengthen the bonds between your employees? Look no further: organizing a team-building seminar is the key to creating a close-knit, dynamic team. 

Indeed, while working alone is beneficial, doing so as part of a team enables you to pool skills and make faster progress on a project. A team-building seminar can help you achieve certain objectives for your company, such as :

  • form a new team;
  • strengthen team cohesion ; 
  • improve internal communication ;
  • develop decision-making skills ; 
  • foster commitment and motivation ;
  • identify and solve group problems.

In short, a successful team-building seminar should create a positive atmosphere, strengthen bonds between employees and develop the skills essential to effective collaboration.

To organize a successful team-building seminar, it's essential to follow a few simple steps.

  1. Identify the budget to be allocated
  2. Define guests
  3. Setting the ideal seminar duration
  4. Find a date and venue for your seminar
  5. Define key objectives
  6. Organize the activities to be carried out

From stimulating team-building workshops to inspiring expert speakers, every moment must be carefully orchestrated to optimize collaboration, creativity and growth.

As with every corporate event you organize, don't forget to gather feedback from participants so you can make improvements for future events.

Finally, it's important to pay attention to the number of participants in your team-building seminar. The aim is to get all your staff involved, and for them to be able to exchange ideas easily, so it's best not to exceed 150 participants!

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How to finance a seminar?

Financing a corporate seminar with a microcredit offers companies a flexible option. This type of financing can cover the expenses involved in planning and carrying out the seminar, enabling companies to invest in staff development and growth without jeopardizing their immediate cash flow. This reflects the increasing adaptability of microloans to support a variety of business needs.

7 European destinations to organize your seminar despite the Covid

Although the Covid-19 epidemic is less and less talked about today, the virus has not disappeared. Against this backdrop, there are a number of destinations you should consider when organizing your company seminar.

You can offer your team a safe business trip within your budget: Rome, Athens, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Berlin, Istanbul and Warsaw are some of the best destinations for your company seminar. Accessible, safe, affordable and full of interesting attractions, these cities will have something to offer you, each in their own way!

At present, however, travel restrictions and requirements are generally satisfactory. So don't hesitate to expand your list of seminar destinations.

We advise you to consult the websites dedicated to each destination in order to check entry, vaccination and testing requirements before planning your business trip to avoid unpleasant surprises! 😷

Finally, even if it's not compulsory, you should consider taking out travel insurance to ensure that your employees, partners or customers are adequately covered for their entire stay.

Our final piece of advice: whether you want to organize your company seminar abroad or in France, start planning as soon as possible!

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