To ensure better development, the company organizes several activities during its fiscal year. The seminar is one example. Its aim is to strengthen the capacities of each staff member, and also to improve team cohesion. What does the professional seminar consist of? And how to organize it?
The principles of the seminar
The seminar is part of a company’s professional events. It is a working meeting, aimed at bringing together all the company’s staff. The professional seminar is an exchange session, revolving around a project or a training course. However, unlike a conference, it takes place in a more relaxed environment. In addition, it is accompanied by some recreational activities such as team building, incentives, etc.
There are several types of seminars, namely: work, leadership, management, integration, training, sales or motivational seminars. The topics to be discussed differ, but they all have the main aim of developing relationships between employees.
As far as the seminar process is concerned, the professional seminar often starts with a discussion on a project or a training session. Then it ends with an entertaining activity, with a meal or a cocktail.
Advantages of the seminar
The professional seminar brings many benefits, for the staff and for the company.
First of all, it enables strategic decisions to be taken. As it is a moment of sharing, all participants can discuss their opinions on the project. It therefore allows the most ideas to be put together in order to get the most out of them.
Then, it reinforces the team’s cohesion. The seminar is often accompanied by team building. This fun activity aims to strengthen skills. The participants are led to get together and defend their team. They must therefore show fair play and solidarity.
In addition, some seminars seek to strengthen the intellectual capacities of the staff. This is the case of a training seminar. During this event, participants will acquire new knowledge about their field of activity, but also about the company. Some training courses even offer personal development sessions, which aim to improve the productivity of each individual.
The seminar also proves to be a relaxing time for employees. Usually, the work takes place in a strict and serious setting. Thanks to this professional event, they can free themselves from all the pressures of everyday life.
Finally, it participates in the good development of the company. The seminar is an excellent way to strengthen the company’s image in the eyes of employees and collaborators. As the participants develop better, they become more productive.
The organization of a seminar
The organization of a seminar goes through several stages.
To begin with, the theme and objective must be defined. Is it a training course, a meeting on a project, or a recreational day? Next, the budget to be spent must be established. In this case, you have to take into account the economic constraints and various contingencies.
Once this is done, the date of the event must be set. In order to have the most participants, it is necessary to avoid public holidays or school holidays. People are often unavailable during these periods. The organizer must also find a place for the event. The choice depends on the theme and the chosen objective. For a team building, for example, it is best to opt for an airy, open air and green location.
As soon as the location, date and time are set, it is time to draw up the guest list. Notification of participants should be made in advance to ensure better organization.
Finally, we have to take care of the animations and activities to be done: the menu for the meal, the entertainment, etc.