Charisma Productions GazetteVolume 3, Issue 12 December 2011Tips for Your Upcoming Happy HolidaysCorporate Meeting or EventA Must Read From the Charisma Productions NetworkMaximizing Your ROI StaffCharisma Productions NetworkCompany meetings held outside of the office can be greatmotivational tools. An off-site meeting can really shake thingsup and revitalize and reenergize your employees, buildingteam spirit and getting everyone’s creative juices flowingagain. A meeting “away from home” is often the best way togenerate new enthusiasm, new ideas, and a renewedcommitment to company goals.However, an off-site meeting that is not well-planned orcarefully thought out beforehand can be a disaster. All ittakes is one bad course of Chicken Kiev or one botched trust-building exercise. You don’t want the day to be memorablefor the wrong reasons.To help your event run smoothly, please call CharismaProductions Network your one stop solution for all ofyour off-site corporate meeting and event needs.Aim high. When planning an off-site meeting, peopleusually set their expectations too low. Thinking about the daystrategically can make it more than just a simple bondingexperience; it can become an opportunity to solve officeproblems, generate new ideas, and help employees grow.Anchor the meeting with goals that actually mean somethingto the business. continued on page 2 Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the HolidayINSIDE THIS ISSUE Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying1 Tips For Your Upcoming Corporate Meeting to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a or Event shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,0001 Happy Holidays years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space.2 Tips Continued3 Ten Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make4 From Our Executive Chef Charisma Productions Network5 From Our Executive Chef Continued Email: email@example.com From Our IT Department 805-241-05667 Thank You .
Continued from page 1 meeting. This will provide employees with an opportunity toPick a creative location. A ho-hum location will prepare ahead of time for full and constructive participation.produce ho-hum results. The physical surroundings of your Where appropriate, give pre-meeting homework thatoff-site meeting can make an enormous difference. Hotels employees need to bring to the meeting. It will also help toand conference centers are great locations, but they’re not drum up excitement for the big day.the only options. Some creative alternatives include movietheaters, bowling alleys, sports arenas, museums, themeparks, and other quirky venues. Think outside the box. Take a tour before. When selecting your meeting site,be sure to take a tour of the facility beforehand, including the“back of the house.” Check for ample storage space forsupplies, secure areas for employees to put their belongings,a sufficient number of clean restrooms, and good diningfacilities.Don’t forget the fun. Just because this is a businessmeeting, don’t neglect the recreational opportunities. Manyconference centers and hotels offer a wide range of physicalactivities such as golf and tennis, as well as unique team-building exercises. Build time into the day’s schedule to allowemployees to take advantage of these extras.Add up the costs. Be sure to determine your budgetahead of time. Expenses to consider: transportation, facilityrental, equipment rental, accommodations, catering, andpossibly the cost of hiring a guest speaker or entertainer.Bring the right equipment. Today’s meetings call formore than just a few chairs and a flip chart. Attendees willlikely bring laptops to access and present computer-basedinformation, so you’ll need a means of projecting thatinformation. You should also consider beforehand whetheryou’ll need high-speed Internet access in the meeting venue,or if this is a time to be “off the grid.”Pick two dates. When choosing a date for your off-sitemeeting, keep at least two possible ones in mind — apreferred date and an alternate one. When you start Informative, Inspiringchecking out available facilities, you’ll be able to choose thebest option based on the number of people who can attend.Alternate dates also mean that you can negotiate a better and Empoweringprice.Create a detailed schedule. Work backwards from Let Charisma Productions Networkyour event date to determine what needs to be donebeforehand, and when. Be conscious of production lead become your one-stop solution for alltime, shipping times for deliveries, and anything else that your corporate meeting, events andneed to be thought out before the meeting day. conference needs.Plan the day intelligently. Design your meeting dayschedule with care. Build in travel time to and from the site, For more information please contactand set an agenda that honors that. Additionally, make surethat all attendees have appropriate transportation to get to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our websitethe meeting on time. Decide up front whether you want the www.charismaproductionsnetwork.comday to be a high-intensity working event, a laid-back andrelaxing retreat, or a balanced program combining a little ofeach. If you do decide to mix work with play, carefullyconsider which should come first.Do advance PR. Circulate a pre-retreat agenda that letspeople know what your objectives are for the off-site Thank You for All of Your Comments & Suggestions
Ten Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make1) Not Having a Clear ObjectiveI cannot stress this hard enough. If you dont have a clear objective of what you want to achieve from your offsite meeting and orevent it’s easy for anything to go astray. Be clear about what you want to achieve or you will end up wastingeveryones time, energy and not mentioning, your companys money!2) Choosing an Unsuitable SiteThe venue chosen can make or break the event! When choosing the site, bear in mind what you want to achieve andat the same time know what your budget will allow. Choose venues outside of your office location3) Not Having Interesting Activities to DoToo many "Free & Easy" slots in your itinerary can be too boring for the group. When it’s "Free & Easy" everyone may be doingtheir own things - so where is the "bonding"? Organizing interesting activities can prove to be a challenge for some. Yes youcant please everyone but it IS possible to have activities that everyone can enjoy. If you have a big group and would like toorganize lots of cool activities for the group - get an experienced team building facilitator or choose a venue that have tons ofinteresting recreational activities for your group to do.4) Having Too Many Activities to Do In a DayOn the opposite side of the spectrum - do NOT cram too many activities for your group to do in one day. Meetingsin the morning and team building are best done either half day or full day - dont squeeze in more games for them to do the nextday and at night! That will be too much for anyone to handle. Part of the plan is to get your team to relax - remember? 5) Not Choosing the Right Speaker for the MeetingWhen organizing an Offsite Meeting, it’s great to invite a speaker that can motivate and inspire your team. Choose a lousyspeaker - and the whole event can fall flat. Choose one that is engaging and can get the crowd going - the idea is to empowerand inspire!6) Organizing the Offsite Over the Weekend or Public HolidayHaving the Offsite over the weekend or public holiday can prove to be quite disastrous as resorts are normally crowded over theweekends. Not mentioning the higher weekend rates for the use of accommodation and facilities. Always do your best notto cut into your staffs rest day/weekend time with their families unless your team is a young crowd with no family commitments -a lot of people may back out from going.7) Not Getting Feedback from Your TeamAfter each Offsite Meeting - always gather feedback from your team. What did well and what not so well - how can you improveon the next one. Not being able to follow through with what was discussed during the Offsite Meetings is also another "no-no".The idea is for people to be able to work better together AFTER coming back from an Offsite retreats. So get to work andimplement those ideas, fast! Charisma Productions Network 805-241-0566
From Our Executive Chef: Happy HolidaysRoasted Rosemary Fillet of Beef with Pinot NoirSauceTry something different this holiday season. Pinot Noir, with its hints of berry jam and black pepper, makes alusciously well-balanced sauce for this toothsome roasted fillet of beef.
From Our Executive Chef Roasted Rosemary Fillet of Beef with Pinot Noir SauceIngredients • 1 (4-pound) oven-ready tied center-cut fillet of beef • 2 tablespoon(s) fresh rosemary leaves • 4 clove(s) garlic • 1/4 cup(s) country-style Dijon mustard2 teaspoon(s) kosher salt • 2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground black pepper • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil Pinot Noir sauce: • 1 cup(s) pinot noir or other dry red wine • 1 shallot, minced • 3 cup(s) reduced-sodium beef broth • 1 sprig(s) rosemary • 1 tablespoon(s) tomato paste • 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter • Freshly ground pepper • Creamy polenta (optional), for serving • Sautéed kale (optional), for serving Directions 1. Remove beef from refrigerator 1 hour before roasting to bring it to room temperature. Heat oven to 500 degrees F and position a rack in center of oven. Finely chop rosemary and garlic together, and then stir in mustard. Pat beef dry and season all over with salt and pepper. 2. Heat oil in a heavy roasting pan across 2 stovetop burners over high heat until oil is simmering but not smoking. Add beef to pan; sear 12 minutes, turning 5 times with tongs, until deeply browned. Transfer to a piece of foil. Discard oil from pan and put roasting rack in pan. Place beef on rack and brush all over with mustard mixture. 3. Place fillet in oven; reduce temperature to 450 degrees F. Roast about 25 to 30 minutes for rare, until an instant-read thermometer registers 130 degrees F when inserted into center of fillet. (Check temperature after about 20 minutes.) Transfer fillet to a cutting board and loosely tent with foil. Pour drippings from roasting pan into a glass measure; discard fat and reserve drippings for sauce. Let fillet rest 15 minutes. 4. To make pinot noir sauce: Place roasting pan over 2 stovetop burners over medium-high heat, using an oven mitt to hold edge of pan. Add wine to pan and bring to a boil, scraping bottom and sides of pan with a wooden spoon. Add shallot; cook until wine is reduced to about 1/4 cup. Add broth and rosemary sprig; bring to a boil. Whisk in tomato paste; lower heat and simmer 8 to 10 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened. Remove rosemary sprig; swirl in butter until emulsified and season with pepper. Stir in reserved drippings and any accumulated juices from cutting board. 5. Slice beef and serve with sauce, and creamy polenta and kale, if desired. Charisma Productions 5
From Our IT Department Outlook Tip: Send an Email to a Traditional Mobile DeviceAlthough many businesses use smart phones for their business communications, sometimes there is a need to send amessage to a partner or customer who uses a regular cell phone. You can do it right from Outlook if the recipient’s phonesupports SMS (short message service), which is a common feature for the majority of the phones available in the market.All you need is the recipient’s email address. The major carriers usually assign an email address of user’s 10 digit phonenumber at carrier domain name dot com, and you can use it to send short text messages to any cell phone. If you are notsure what email domain to use, below are domains for the major US carriers.Carrier Send Email to phone number@...Alltel @message.alltel.comAT&T @mms.att.netNextel @messaging.nextel.comSprint @messaging.sprintpcs.comSunCom @tms.suncom.comT-mobile @tmomail.netVoice Stream @voicestream.net @vtext.com (text only)Verizon @vzwpix.com (pictures and videos)If the domain for your recipient’s carrier is not listed here, you may check on the carrier’s website or contact their customerservice.Messages longer than 160 characters should be split into multiple messages of 160 characters each. If you know that yourrecipient has a camera phone, you can send them .jpg files from Outlook and they will receive them as picture messages.Also, note that the message recipient might be charged a per message fee for your incoming message. Charisma Productions 6