There’s no place like Washington, D.C., a city well known for its wheeling and dealing. Trying to get hold of the American Dream? Start by finding the right meeting spaces to impress your clients or future investors. Whether it’s for your first sales pitch or product launch, you can find several reasonable spots for hosting your event if you know where to look! And since we’re talking about finding the best meeting spot for your upcoming event, why not use some help from Tagvenue and browse through our list of the top meeting rooms in D.C.?
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Treat D.C. as the land of entrepreneurship and business opportunities. While you’re there, you’ll come across entrepreneurs from various fields. Whether you’re about to begin your business hustle in entertainment, politics, or tech, D.C. is the place to meet your future allies and investors.
While Washington, D.C. is an incredible area to start a business and be successful, you must also think about other things, such as the cost of renting an office. If you’re just starting out, it can be pretty tough to pay a lease. You may consider working from home with a remote team. Yet, you’ll still need to hold those official meetings every now and then, which is why you need to know how to negotiate your way through the maze of meeting venues! It can be a tricky process if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Undoubtedly, the feel and service provided by these spaces can make or break the deal. This is when we come to the rescue! We’ve come up with some valuable tips on how to host a meeting and how to narrow down your search!
We'll never get tired of mentioning the importance of setting a venue budget. If you want to splurge, don't hold back, but if you're a budding entrepreneur, chances are you'll want to save every penny for future investments. Renting an affordable venue doesn't mean you're compromising on the service or acoustics, it only implies renting a space for fewer hours or making sure that the venue provides additional amenities such as on-site catering in the rental package. You may want to check out their venue packages to save some bucks. You won't have a hard time finding multiple reasonable small meeting rooms in D.C. If you're looking for a premium spot like a prestigious hotel, you can further invest in the venue and take your attendees for lunch at a less expensive spot. Or maybe you feel like going all in and hiring a conference hall to host that Ted Talk. Whatever the needs of the event, make sure to set a reasonable budget that covers all aspects of the event. For instance, if you're providing accommodation or transportation, it's crucial to include those in your accounts. Online marketplaces provide you with no hidden extras and a quote upfront. So try to use those when scouring for your next spot.
With great aspirations come bigger requirements. In these times where technology prevails, having only a flipchart or projector is not acceptable. Meeting planners tend to think that amenities such as Wi-Fi access or LCD TVs are not vital elements of a meeting. Well, we’re here to dispel that misconception. Since you will likely have some breaks during the meeting or may hold a brainstorming session, you need to keep your audience’s interest at its peak. Whether it’s by providing enough bandwidth for your attendees to access the internet to look up relevant information or having a heater or AC in the room, these seemingly trivial elements of a venue can largely affect the perception of your attendees and your performance at the meeting. You’d probably like to host a stress-free event where you don’t need to worry about the audiovisual equipment being in place or your attendees not having Wi-Fi access. To avoid such uncertainties, it’s best to inquire about the amenities with your venue manager. Remember to also consider disabled facilities if you haven’t met your attendees prior to the meeting.
There’s always an ideal meeting space with excellent accessibility in D.C. While it’s not hard to commute using the metro or underground in the capital, you’ll still want to ensure that the meeting space has adequate road and rail links for your guests to get there conveniently and on time. Steer clear of spots that are located on the outskirts unless most of your attendees are from there. The ideal space will be located in a suitable location with great access to transportation but in a rather quiet area to not disrupt the event. If you pick a faraway location, expect attendance and participation to be on the lower side, and if your guests are traveling overseas for the sake of this meeting, check whether they’ll have a direct flight from their countries. You wouldn’t want your guests to be out of breath once they reach the venue!
Food and drink options
If you're holding a lengthy discussion, we recommend finding a meeting space that can accommodate your catering needs. Many meeting spaces will provide refreshments along with a menu that caters to specific dietary requirements. In-house catering is definitely a plus after a long meeting as most people are likely to need a rest and head to their hotels and homes right after the event. For example, renting a meeting room at a restaurant and hotel is excellent as you won’t have to worry about leasing another venue for the dinner. Consider having a buffet at the venue for your guests during lunchtime or offering some refreshments followed by a full-course dinner after the event.
Size of the meeting room
Size matters. One of the main things to consider when going on a venue hunt is the room capacity. The preferred venue should suit your guest count so that the room isn't overcrowded. If you’re holding a seminar and having more than 50 guests over, don’t think about renting a micro meeting room. Your guests will surely feel uncomfortable and want to leave the event ASAP. Make sure that the meeting room features enough seating for your event. You also need to take the layout into account, along with other options such as breakout rooms, depending on the nature of your event. For instance, if you are having a one-on-one meeting, it’s unnecessary to rent a huge venue. Better keep it classy by holding it at a sophisticated and cozy meeting space, whereas for training sessions, you may want to hold the event at a space that allows you to have a classroom seating arrangement. So be careful not to compromise on the size for the price or decor of the meeting space.
They say entertaining your partners is another way to seal the deal. You’ll undoubtedly learn a few things about your counterparts if you take them out for a few shots or a slice of the best pizza in Capitol Hill. It’s crucial to add some entertainment options that are in line with your brand’s image. Once you’re in a more relaxed environment at a restaurant or bar, your guests are likely to feel more comfortable with you and reciprocate your offers or ideas. This is an opportunity to learn more about each other and to actually use the occasion to shed some light on your business perspective. By providing both entertainment and backup information about your skills and brand values, you enhance the position of your company! Just make sure not to get drunk and stay professional, even in an informal set-up.
Now that you know how to select your next meeting spot, let’s move to the essential stuff: meeting planning. So how do you go about hosting a successful event? Is it just the right visuals and content when presenting your company, or is it more about engaging your audience through conversations? Does it matter whether you start and finish on time or is it irrelevant? With so many things to ponder, you might worry unnecessarily about the meeting. It’s best not to overburden yourself, follow these guidelines and keep it simple.
Start and end the meeting on time
Never assume that your attendees’ time is not precious. It’s essential to pay attention to every element of your meeting and stick to your schedule. For instance, spend no more than 20 to 30 minutes on the presentation and avoid staring at the screen. It’s important to engage your audience by interacting with them; otherwise, they may quickly get bored and leave the room or cut the meeting short. It’s better to end slightly earlier than late. Do not drag on the meeting although you feel like you need more time to make your point. It’s best to schedule another meeting rather than make the attendees feel like they’re meeting hostages. It’s also crucial to facilitate the meeting by encouraging your staff to participate in the conversation. Keep track of the time spent on all the things covered during the meeting.
Use a template
You’ll find numerous free templates for planning meetings on the internet. Once you prepare a meeting, use the template for the next sessions and adjust the goal and guest requirements accordingly. You won’t need to plan everything from scratch, and it will be easier to organize the meeting.
Select the people
A lot of time is wasted on unproductive meetings in the business world. People spend an average of 30 hours in pointless meetings every month. That time could be spent on more useful things, such as project planning. Make sure not to invite more people than needed just to fill up the room. If you need to keep the number of guests to 6, there’s no need to invite more people who won’t bring any value to the discussion. Invite individuals who can help the meeting achieve its initiatives and goals. Confused? Use the famous Bezos "two-pizza rule" and invite only the required number of people that two pizzas can feed!
Send the invitations and agenda
Okay, so you’ve already defined the purpose of the meeting and decided who should be invited to the event. Now it’s time to set the agenda and send those invites. Your agenda should include the following elements:
Once you’ve set the agenda, it will be much easier to keep the meeting organized and carry it smoothly. You’ll also be better prepared to address every issue on the meeting agenda once it is set. As a rule of thumb, send the agenda at least a month before the event, particularly if your guests need to travel to the location. This way, everyone will have sufficient time to prepare for the meeting.
Here are a couple of ideas to try out when hosting a meeting:
Once you’ve covered all the aspects of the meeting, it’s essential to propose a follow-up or course of action on which your company will start working. You may also suggest another meeting to work on the proposal. Good luck sealing that deal!
If you’re planning to indulge your guests in some good old history, rent a venue in Capitol Hill. Home to landmarks such as the Supreme Court and Capitol Building, this part of D.C. will captivate your guests. Hop to Connecticut Avenue near the metro station where you can find many convenient meeting spaces. We suggest focusing on the accessibility of the location when looking for a meeting place. Meeting rooms in Logan Square are easily accessible through public transit meaning it won’t be an issue for your guests to get there on time. Plus, there are several eateries and bars in the area. Mount Vernon Square is known as a commuter’s paradise where you can easily get to any location through transit. It is also an ideal location for hosting a dinner at its numerous restaurants after the meeting.
Budget around $40-$70 per hour for affordable spaces with 6 to 10 seating spaces. For larger meeting space, expect to pay around $2,000 per day.(All data from Tagvenue.)
If you’re interested in renting a meeting space in Downtown, Capitol Hill, or Federal Square, you’ll be glad to know that you can find several affordable spaces in these hyped neighborhoods. You’ll effortlessly get your hands on many cheap spots for under $100/hour. (All data according to Tagvenue.)
Planning in advance is always advisable. The longer the notice period, the smoother the event will be. Generally, meeting spaces can accommodate you at short notice and will reply rapidly to your initial inquiry to assist you with the process. But we recommend booking a meeting space at least two months in advance if you’re holding a major event like a training session or talk.
You will usually be notified about the availability of on-site parking and nearby public parking. Most venues will have ample on-site parking. However, it’s better to play it safe and check the parking options in advance with the venue manager. Parking in D.C. can be expensive, so plan accordingly.
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