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Charisma Productions Gazette Volume 2 Issue 7

  1. 1. Charisma Productions GazetteVolume 2, Issue 7 July 2010Meetings That Deliver Happy 4th of JulyMeeting Design Principles From Charisma Productions NetworkUnderstanding Meeting Principals Independence DayCharisma Productions Network Charisma Productions NetworkEvery great off-site meeting should have well craftedobjectives that the top leadership team is committed toachieving. The off-site objectives should drive every otherdecision about the off-site meeting. They will influence thelocation, how many days, who will attend, and how muchpreparation time and resources you will need. So get startedearly, ideally 3-4 months before the meeting. Keep in mindyour venue site; some companies book their venues 1+ yearsin advance.Leaders sometimes underestimate what an important, andpotentially defining, leadership moment such off-sitemeetings can be – for better or for worse! Invited participantsassume that everything that happens, everything on theagenda, is there because the most senior leaders wanted it th The basis for the 4 of July celebration is the signing of thethere. They expect to hear from the senior leaders, and theyoften are interested in the senior leaders’ reactions to what Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 by ourhappens and what is discussed at the meeting. Be sure your Founding Fathers. This Declaration of Independence madesenior leaders appreciate both the opportunities and risks America a free nation. We celebrate this holiday withthat such meetings present. And be sure to design themeeting in such a way as to help them make the most of their firecrackers, parades and picnics. It is important to enjoyleadership moments. these festivities with family and friends but it is equallyMeetings that have impact engage people - their minds and important to teach our children what this day really means.their hearts. Think of the few off-sites you’ve been to thatreally made a difference, off-sites that truly accelerated So with that in mind we here at Charisma Productionslasting, positive changes in your company or organization. Network hopes everyone will celebrate with family,What happened? Chances are that these meetings friends and maybe meet some new friends and take a moment to remember how important this holiday is to continued on page 2 America.INSIDE THIS ISSUE1 Meetings That Deliver1 th Happy 4 of July2 Meetings That Deliver Continued3 From Our IT Department4 Recipe of the Month5 Strategic Partner – Aces of Acts Entertainment Newsletter 1
  2. 2. continued from page 1 communication that prepares you to be most effective in your time together and there is follow-up after the off-site thatdemonstrated a few important meeting design principles. helps assure that things committed to at the off-site areGet Creative, there are dozens of effective and engaging accomplished and integrated into your on-going work.ways to accomplish off-site objectives - clustering people insmaller discussion groups, electronic “secret ballot”surveying, hands-on projects that help drive home key points Meeting design comfortably fits: The meeting is fast-and build relationships, panel discussion formats, customer paced, yet it doesn’t feel over-stuffed. There is time tospeakers, and so on. Of course, the choice of methods is accomplish what the meeting has set out to accomplish,guided by your specific off-site meeting objectives and the protecting the integrity of the meeting principles above. No matter how “cool” the method is,it has to be a “best choice” to serve off-site objectives and For more information please contactdesign principles. Splashy methods can make a meeting or visit our websitememorable; they are only worthwhile if they are created to on the meeting objectives. CharismaProductions Network can help you develop what ittakes in order to get your meeting objectives met and exceedall of your expectations. Off-site Meeting Design PrinciplesConnection before Content: People are encouragedto “connect” with each other, informally and personally. Thishappens early and often. If the meeting participants are to doany “real work” with each other at the off-site (e.g. make neworganizational arrangements, commit resources, etc.), thisfoundation of personal connection is essential.Conversations, not lectures: There is lots ofconversation, and little lecture. The core principle here is thatpeople typically learn more, and change more, when theyhave to formulate and express their ideas, not just listen tothe ideas of others.The right people: The “right” people are in the room.Building and paring the invite list for most off-sites is achallenge, and invariably additional people get added forpolitical reasons. But be sure that enough of the right peopleare there – the ones with the knowledge, the power, and theinfluence to accomplish the meeting objectives - and theability to bring the rest of the organization along with the newdirection when they return to work. Be careful not to dilutethe meeting with too many who are not well positioned tohelp. Informative, InspiringAn off-site is more than a list of agenda items:There is a coherent arc to the meeting, an overall story line. and EmpoweringEach step of the meeting builds toward the next step, servingthe overall objectives and deliverables. You get the sensethat it is well choreographed, that there is a good reason for Let Charisma Productions Networkeverything that is on the agenda. become your one-stop solution forThe “how” says volumes about the “what”: How all your corporate meeting, eventsthe meeting is conducted is in sync with the messagesdelivered at the meeting. For instance, if the message is that and conference needs.senior management wants ideas and input from the nextlevels of management, then lots of time at the meeting mustbe devoted to eliciting ideas, and demonstrating that (at leastsome of) the ideas will be acted upon. It isn’t, “55 minutes ofslides with 5 minutes of Q&A.” Careful design helps themeeting itself “walk the talk.”The off-site began before it started, and finishedwell after it ended: There is pre-work and Newsletter 2
  3. 3. From Our IT DepartmentUse these tips to help manage your files.Use Documents. For many reasons, its smart to take advantage of the Documents feature (called Documents in Windows 7and Windows Vista, and My Documents in Windows XP. To open Documents in Windows, click Start, and then clickDocuments. And discover an easy way for you to store your personal documents. Find files. Windows provides easy access to the Documents folder (and its subfolders) in many places: through the Startmenu, the task pane in Windows Explorer, common File Open and File Save dialog boxes, and other places.Back up files. You should back up files regularly—and keeping all your files in one place helps make backup a snap.Keep files separate from programs. By separating document files and program files you reduce the risk of accidentallydeleting your documents when you install or upgrade programs.Adopt consistent methods for file and folder naming. Develop a naming scheme for the kinds of files you create most often andthen stick to it.Keep names short. Even though Windows enables you to use long file names, it does not necessarily mean you should. Longfile names are harder to read.Let your folder structure do some of the naming. For example, rather than creating a file called Great American Novel ChapterOne First Effort, you can build a structure like:Separate ongoing and completed work. To keep the Documents folder from becoming too unwieldy, use it only for filesyoure actively working on. As a result, you can reduce the number of files you need to search through and the amount of datayou need to back up. Every month or so, move the files youre no longer working on to a different folder or location, such as afolder on your desktop, a special Archive folder, flash drive, external hard drive, or even on a CD.Store like with like. Restricting folders to a single document type (or predominantly one type) allows you to take advantageof folder templates in Windows Explorer. This makes it easier for you to find files. For example, with all your graphics in asingle folder, its easy to use the Filmstrip view and slide show feature in Windows Explorer to find the right picture for yournewsletter.Avoid large folder structures. If you need to put so many subfolders in a folder that you cant see all of them at a glance,consider creating an alphabetic menu.Use shortcuts and shortcut links instead of multiple copies. If you need to get to the same file from multiple locations, dontcreate copies of the file. Create shortcuts to it instead. To create a shortcut, right-click on the file and click Create Shortcut. Youcan drop and drag the shortcut to other locations.Quickly get to the items you use every day. Jump Lists, a fun new feature in Windows’ 7, are lists ofrecently opened items, such as files, folders, or web sites that are organized by the program that you use to open them. You canuse a Jump List to open items. And you can also pin favorites to a Jump List. Newsletter 3
  4. 4. From Our Executive Chef Seared Steak with Chard SaladIngredients • 1 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves thinly sliced • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 2 cups large crusty bread cubes • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper • 3 to 4 anchovies • 1 clove garlic, smashed • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved • Juice of 1 lemon • 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak • 1 teaspoon dried mint • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheeseDirectionsPut the chard in a bowl. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the bread cubes and season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until toasted, 4 to 5 minutes. Addto the chard.Add the anchovies to the skillet, mashing them with a whisk. Add the garlic and 2 tablespoons olive oil and cook until the garlic isgolden, about 45 seconds. Add the tomatoes and warm slightly, then whisk in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.Pour the warm dressing over the chard, toss and set aside to wilt.Wipe out the skillet and place over high heat. Sprinkle the steak on both sides with the mint, and salt and pepper to taste. Add theremaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Sear the steak until browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook untilbrowned on the other side, 3 to 4 more minutes for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes.Add the feta to the chard salad and toss. Thinly slice the steak and serve with the chard salad. Newsletter 4
  5. 5. Strategic Partner Aces of Acts EntertainmentLas Vegas, Nationwide and Worldwide Cirque Style Productions Company specialize in offering exceptionally unique Cirquetheatrical presentations for exclusive special events and corporate entertainment.We offer full productions Cirque Style Shows unique Aerial Shows as well Cirque on Ice Shows from 20 minutes to 85 minutes long,complete with costumes, choreography, lighting and music.Entertainment conceptsDesign & development eventsTheatrical productionsFull-length showsManagementSpecialty & Cirque actsAtmospheric charactersModelsDancersMusic & BandsChoreographyrigging and technical supportCelebrating your special occasion – the Cirque Way ,Corporate Events Cirque Awards, After Dinner Cirque Shows, Cirque salesmeetings, Cirque – Exhibition Style, Red Carpet Cirque Receptions, Cirque Fundraising and Galas, Convention centers arenasoutside Cirque live events, Cirque Weddings, Birthdays, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and Passover Celebration.WASHINGTON D.C., March 20, 2009 -- For the second consecutive year, Aces Of Acts Anatoli Miagkostoupov (PRESIDENT) hasbeen selected for the 2009 Best of North Las Vegas Award in the Entertainers category by the U.S. Local Business AssociationUSLBA). We will either find a way to entertain you, or make one. Duo Aerial Silk Act Newsletter 5
  6. 6. Thank You for Your SupportWe wish to thank our readers and our clients for their support and feedback helping to continually grow the CharismaProductions Network. We look forward to another successful year in 2010 as we continue to grow and provide youwith successful stress-free events.We appreciate hearing from all of you and strive to improve our articles and hope to have something for everyone atone point or another. Please send us suggestions for topics you would like to read about or if you have an article thatyou would like to share we’ll be happy to post it.: Please send all comments to: Earn A Referral Gift Card In Appreciation of a Client Referral That Is Converted Into An Actual Event, Charisma Productions Network, is offering a $100 Gift Card For Every Confirmed Account. The Gift Card Will Be Mailed To The Referring Party Within 14 Days After The Event Completion. Promo Code, & Full Details Of The Referring Party Must Be Given To The CPN Representative At The Time Of Receiving A Request For Proposal (RFP). Offer Valid Only In The Continental United States, & Is Subject To All Local State, & Federal Taxes. This Offer Is Void Where Prohibited By Certain State Laws Authorized by: Geoffrey R. Andrews Expires: August 31st, 2010 Promo Code Number : CPN06010831-10 Charisma Productions Network A Geoff Andrews Company 805-241-0566 © Charisma Productions Network 2010, All Rights Reserved Newsletter 6