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A downtown corporate meeting in NYC provides lots of opportunities for your team to step outside their usual boundaries of brainstorming. Being in a new environment promotes creativity and encourages new insights, which is why it’s important to encourage your team to question everything. This means that when someone tells you a new idea, question what makes it work, and what could make it better. If you think the idea is perfect right off the bat, you’ll undoubtedly have to face challenges down the road when it comes time to product planning or pitching the idea to the higher ups in the company. That doesn’t mean outright rejecting the idea; instead, encourage your team to question all aspects of how it works in order to make sure it’s a solid idea. Empower your employees to think this way whenever they brainstorm together, and you’ll have a host of new ideas to workshop and make better at your next downtown corporate meeting. For more reasons why you should ask more questions, check out this article from Entrepreneur!

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Long weekends, like Labor Day weekend, provide a much-needed opportunity for some people to finally take a break from their demanding work schedules. Offsite meetings are fun and can be exciting, but long weekends give you time to yourself, to practice self-care. It can mean one last beach trip of the summer, spending a few days by the pool, or just cozying up with a good book. However, long weekends mean more than just relaxation. Successful people often plan ahead and readily prepare themselves for their weekends, so they can take full advantage of them and not be stressing out over the details. Also, doing things that you don’t get to do during the work week is a great way to spend your newfound free time. Things like exercising longer or more frequently than usual, volunteering at your local soup kitchen or other organization, or practicing a new hobby are ways to nourish your mind and spirit, which will keep you feeling fulfilled as you ease back into the work week. For more ways to spend future three-day weekends, check out this article from Business Insider!

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downtown creative meetingAs a follow up to last week’s blog, we want to make sure you’re well prepared and well dressed for your fall meetings. We briefly mentioned the importance of perfecting your wardrobe, so here are some more ways to ‘wow’ your coworkers and show your confidence through this year’s fall trends. Downtown NYC is full of trendsetters, models, photographers, and other fashion forward icons mingling throughout SoHo and surrounding areas. In order to stand out at your downtown creative meeting, you’ll need to know how to present yourself. Here are some of our favorite trends from InStyle‘s list of 2017’s fall trends:

Flashback to the good old days.
Bringing back elements of retro style looks great when done right. For example, long, high-waisted bell-bottom slacks with a high-heeled shoe looks both sleek and professional. Pairing them with a sweater or cardigan will keep you warm and on trend all season long. While the high waist ensures that your legs look long, they still preserve an air of professionalism and can be paired with a wide range of sweaters or blouses, which will allow you to make this look your own. They can also be a more comfortable alternative to a skirt or dress, which will make it easy to venture around NYC after your downtown creative meeting.

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Color, color, color. 
Let’s face it, the business world can be bland when it comes to color. Black or grey suits, skirts, jackets, and blouses are the norm, which can make brighter pieces look unprofessional. That’s why it’s important to know how to use color correctly when it comes to the workplace. For example, if you work in the corporate world, a bright teal pantsuit might stand out (in a bad way) and make you look a little ridiculous. Instead, use color by making it an accent piece in your outfit. If you’re wearing a black pencil skirt and a black blazer, for example, then you could add a soft purple blouse underneath, with black and purple earrings to match. There are tons of different ways to mix up your wardrobe by using color, just remember to keep it looking professional!

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Maximize your wardrobe.
Midi and maxi skirts and dresses are a comfortable, trendy alternative to the traditional black knee-length pencil skirt. Opting for a patterned midi skirt paired with a neutral-colored sweater makes for a cozy, classy, and professional look. Since there are so many different patterns and colors to choose from, expressing yourself with this look is easy and can actually make shopping for work clothes fun! Looking and feeling great throughout the day can also inspire a casual NYC photoshoot after your downtown creative meeting, so you can mix work with play while in the city! 

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For more style tips for your fall work wardrobe, check out this article from InStyle!

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nyc corporate meetingIf you’re an entrepreneur, your personal brand says a lot about yourself. It’s an important aspect of your career and is highly influential when it comes time to nab new clients. That’s why honing in on your brand and how you want to represent yourself in the public sphere and, more importantly, in the business world is something you should take seriously. An NYC corporate meeting is the perfect opportunity to refine your personal brand by meeting other professionals in your industry and learning from them. Since New York City is host to a notoriously competitive business world, young professionals are all trying to get ahead using whatever tools necessary, which is why it’s important to know how to use your resources.

One easy way to start building your brand is through social media. Everyone has access to it, and so many people (and potential clients) use it for business and pleasure. Curating your social feeds and focusing on building a following will do wonders for your client base, and get your name out there. Showing a more personal side on social media while keeping things professional will help you relate to your followers and more easily form lasting relationships. Possible future clients will also look to your social media to see if you’re the real deal, so having an established presence can help put their minds at ease and convince them to work with you. For example, if you’re an independent contractor looking to do freelance design work, but your Instagram is a hot mess, it will negatively impact people’s opinions on your quality of work. Establishing a professional yet personal social media presence is an easy first step on the road to forming an impactful personal brand. It’s also a great networking tool to connect with people you meet at your NYC corporate meeting, which will help you stay in touch with people who can advance your career. For more useful tips, check out this article from Event Manager Blog!

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corporate meetingLet’s face it, we can’t all be perky morning people who embrace getting up at the crack of dawn every day. But leaving some extra time in the morning before an important corporate meeting could be the difference between nodding off mid-presentation or making a lasting impression on the higher-ups. In fact, making a habit out of getting up earlier has been proven to result in a more productive day. Here are some tips for how to start your workday off on the right foot:

Use coffee wisely.
Coffee can be a friend or foe, depending on how you use it. Leisurely drinking a cup in the morning with your breakfast, or stopping in at a coffee shop on your way to work are totally acceptable ways to get that early morning pick-me-up to start off the workday, and get you prepared for your corporate meeting. However, drinking multiple cups into the late afternoon will most likely disrupt your sleep schedule and make you more anxious, since your body can only handle so much caffeine. Drinking a lot of coffee can also make you more jittery and affect your ability to focus, which basically contradicts your whole purpose for drinking it. Coffee can be a great way to get your day started and get you energized, but, just like everything else, there are also some negative consequences of over-doing it.

Leave time to exercise.
We know that hearing the word “exercise” first thing in the morning isn’t exactly pleasant, but it doesn’t mean you have to go kill yourself at the gym as soon as you wake up. Even just walking to grab some breakfast before you get ready for work or jogging for 15 minutes will allow you to wake your brain up before officially starting the day. Immediately throwing on clothes and running out the door as soon as you get up should be avoided at all costs; it throws you off for the rest of the day, and you’ll more than likely forget something important on your way out.

Set a schedule and stick to it. 
We saved the most important tip for last. Having a set schedule throughout the week helps your body regulate itself. More importantly, specifically leaving time on the weekends to relax and rejuvenate will help ready your brain and your body for the coming week. During the week, having a set time to go to sleep and a set time to wake up each day will help your body get into a natural rhythm, which will keep you well-rested and energized for your corporate meeting, or whatever else the workday may bring.

For more easy ways to get into the groove of a new morning routine, check out this article from the Huffington Post.

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nyc offsite meeting spaceHosting meetings outside the office, like in an NYC offsite meeting space, is a great way for your company to grow closer, since there are no more barriers separating departments or superiors. Familiarizing your team members with one another is an important step in figuring out how everyone works best as a group. Some people are better at the organization and planning phase of a project, while others may be better at actually executing the plan and making things happen. It’s important to discover people’s strengths in a team setting so that when it comes time to work on a project together, it can be executed in the most efficient way possible. However, while team-building is an important part of strengthening your company, it can often feel forced and uncomfortable. Structured play is one way of avoiding this feeling of awkwardness.

Structured play is when team members are given an activity or a game to participate in as a group, with a clear objective. For example, ice breakers, though they may seem fruitless, actually accomplish a lot by providing a space for people to talk to one another even if they’ve never met before. Companies that simply take their employees out for a picnic or dinner neglect the fact that most people will gravitate towards those they already know. An NYC offsite meeting space is the perfect opportunity to implement structured play and create an open, welcoming environment for your employees to meet new people within your company. For more benefits of structured play, check out this article from SparkSpace.

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downtown event spaceOne of the perks of having a meeting in a downtown event space is that you get to take advantage of NYC’s lively downtown neighborhoods. Each area is unique in its own way; there are tons of different kinds of food, markets, shops, museums, and galleries. Meeting in an area like SoHo ensures that once you’re done with the workday, you’ll have plenty to do afterwards. One of our favorite spots to unwind after a long offsite meeting is La Esquina, a popular Mexican eatery only two blocks from our meeting spaces. La Esquina offers authentic Mexican dishes like quesadillas and tortas, as well as sidewalk seating so customers can relax while people-watching with a margarita in hand. Behind the taqueria facade, there is also a fancier “secret” restaurant on the lower level, hidden from the everyday customer and guarded by a bouncer. If you’re looking for somewhere to treat yourself after a long day at a downtown event space, this spot is hard to miss with its brightly-colored outdoor seating, hanging lights, and neon sign.

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nyc event spaceFall in New York is a wonderful time of year. You’re finally through with sweating everywhere you go and suffering on the hot subway, but it’s not yet cold enough to break out the winter parka. Not to mention, colorful leaves are everywhere and sipping a warm latte while strolling through Central Park is the perfect way to spend your day. Since we’re less than a month away from the start of the fall season, you should be thinking ahead to make sure you’re on top of your game for your fall meetings and events. Here are some tips to get you ready for autumn in your NYC event space:

Perfect your fall work wardrobe.
A new season means a new opportunity to look your best in the workplace. Perfecting your fall wardrobe is the first step in looking confident, cool, and collected at your NYC event space. One easy way to look great and stay comfortable is to layer, layer, layer. A neutral color camisole or tank top under a chic sweater with a soft scarf to accent it will keep you looking stylish with minimal effort. Fore more ideas of what to wear as we transition seasons, check out this gallery of fall work outfits from Glamour magazine

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Choose a space with great views.
Meeting in NYC comes with a ton of valuable perks, but the city views may be one of the best. That’s why you should take advantage of your location and choose an event space that lets you see the city around you. You’ll be surprised what creativity can come from not being confined to a stuffy, closed off workplace. Since the fall season brings such beautiful weather, pick a meeting space that will allow you to open a window or two and let in the cool breeze!

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Spend as much time as possible outdoors.
Every New Yorker knows that once the winter weather hits, you’re going to hate being outside. Whether you’re going to the office or to an offsite event space, the freezing cold is bound to nip you in the nose. That’s why the fall season is not only a wonderful time for walks in the park, but also a great time to get outside with your team. Picking an event space in a fun, interesting neighborhood is a great way to provide team-building opportunities for your company. A space that is surrounded by amazing restaurants, bars, museums, and galleries is a fantastic way to get your team together even after the workday ends, and take advantage of the autumn weather together.

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nyc offsiteNYC offsite meetings can often extend beyond just your company. In a city as big and bustling as New York, there are countless companies that come together to meet and exchange ideas and information. These meetings are prime opportunities to network with important people in your industry, and get to know professionals outside just your company. Knowing the right networking strategies can determine whether you make a lasting impression or not. For example, learning to give instead of take can show people the value you would bring to your relationship and what you could both gain from it. Spreading your wealth of information without asking for anything in return is a great way to start a valuable relationship off on the right foot. For more tips on how to be a networking pro at your next NYC offsite, check out this article from Success Magazine!

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downtown corporate meeting spaceWe’ve all met those people who think they know everything – the people who can’t wait to show off their intellectual prowess. But being the smartest person in the room (or thinking you are) is actually a disadvantage. Being at a meeting where you learn, grow, and ask questions will do more for yourself and your career than pretending like you already have all the answers. That’s why in order to be extraordinary at your next meeting, you have to embrace what you don’t know. A downtown corporate meeting space is a tremendous opportunity to create an environment that promotes an open, nonjudgmental attitude. Meeting outside the office allows the walls that divide departments from departments and bosses from employees to be taken down. Check out this article from Fast Company for ways to use your weaknesses as strengths at your next downtown corporate meeting space.

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