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Find the Right Motivational Speaker

From wedding toasts to celebrity roasts, we’ve all had the misfortune of sitting through an uninspiring speech or presentation at someone else’s event. To avoid that unhappy scenario at your retreat, steer clear of sub-par, garden-variety motivational speakers and focus on blue-chip personalities and deep thinkers. It goes without saying that exclusive speakers command higher fees; expect to pay upward ...

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Going It Alone?

Convention and Visitors Bureaus can be a great resource for do-it-yourself retreat planners. If you’ve homed in on a particular area for your retreat and need to know your options, the local Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB) can offer you free guidance, including: Information on the kinds of hotels and venues in their destination Guidance on the desirability of your ...

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The Great Retreat

Related reads: What an Outside Facilitator Can Do For You Find the Right Motivational Speaker Going It Alone Chief Executive’s Choice Hotels & Resorts Of all the responsibilities you might typically associate with being a CEO, planning an executive retreat isn’t one they teach you about in business school. However, a recent survey of CEOs conducted as part of Chief ...

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Chief Executive’s Choice Hotels & Resorts

Name Location Phone Event Planner Catering Differentiators Pa-Ko Plantation Midway, AL 877-539-5699 N Y Rustic accomodations on 5,000 woodsy, central Alabama acres; offers quail, turkey and deer hunting. Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa Birmingham, AL 888-236-2426 Y Y Woodlands and lakes in the rolling hills outside of Birmingham, state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and services, includes 14 meeting rooms ...

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What an Outside Facilitator Can Do for You

No matter how hands-on you usually like to be as a business leader, in the case of running meetings at a retreat, it’s often best to hand the reins to a pro. You’ll still set the goals, the agenda, the rules and the tone for the retreat; your outside facilitator will simply bring your vision to fruition. For an investment ...

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The CEO’s Guide to Executive Retreats and Board Meetings

Of all the responsibilities you might typically associate with being a CEO, planning an executive retreat isn’t one they teach you about in business school. However, a recent survey of CEOs conducted as part of Chief Executive’s February CEO Confidence Index research clearly shows that many of today’s CEOs consider their role in arranging retreats an important task—something they consider well worth their time and energy.

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Recharge Your Body and Soul

You know the feeling. Your body starts to sag like a wet paper bag and ache in all the usual places. Even your brain feels sluggish, not snapping into gear quite as quickly—and we’re not just talking about on the occasional jet-lagged Monday morning; we’re talking every day. When you hit that proverbial wall, there’s no better way to restore ...

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Recharge Your Body and Soul: 3 Spas for CEOs

When it's time to relax, CEOs head to spas and resorts to relieve stress. These destinations integrate their spas into top-notch resort environments, allowing CEOs to reap the rewards of highly-trained therapists focusing on wellness, while enjoying relaxing amenities and activities during your brief respite from the rat race.

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