How to organize a retreat

I’ve been to a bunch and heres what I’ve learned, in no particular order:

  • Must be off site, with no access to electronic interruption
  • Should be intense. Save the rest and relaxation for afterwards
  • Create a dossier on each attendee in advance, with a photo and a non-humble CV of who they are and what they do and what their goals are
  • Never never have people go around a circle and say their name and what they do and their favorite kind of vegetable or whatever. The problem? People spend the whole time trying to think of what to say, not listening to those in front of them I once had to witness 600 people do this!!

With about fifteen more, this should be the basis of every conference.

via Seths Blog: How to organize a retreat.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock December 15th, 2010 — No Comments