Having delivered training for most of the last 30 years I have delivered thousands of courses and workshops. [Comments welcome about how I don’t look old enough 😊]
The standard and quality of the venues I have used varies widely; this can have a huge impact on the training itself. Even the best material with a great trainer can be poorly received if the room you are using is of low standard with poor facilities.
Two stand out to me:
Hotels, in general, are usually going to be a better standard than some in-house facilities. Having said that I have used some excellent in-house venues.
A hotel in Cheshire (booked by my client) was just perfect in many ways.
Lovely room with excellent facilities, super, hot and cold buffet lunch. Lots of little extras: nice teas, coffees, chocolate and other drinks. Really nice biscuits, pastries (yum), but most of all, the trolley with pick-and-mix sweets that appeared in the afternoon. It certainly enhanced our day; myself and the delegates all felt thoroughly spoiled.
It was a client’s on-site room, located in Wales. The room was dirty, untidy (used as a dumping ground) extremely uninviting. The table and chairs were of poor quality, the window was grimy. But the very worst part was the condition of the toilet, which was utterly disgusting and the only cups that could be found to brew a coffee were best avoided like the plague; who knows what I may have caught! Ugh!
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So, that was my best and worst experience. I would love to know what yours is. Are you a delegate or a trainer who has a memory of somewhere great or awful? What impact did the condition of the facilities have?
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Thanks for reading, Geoff Slone