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Great turnout for the wine tasting!
I have nothing more to add other than that the experience was instructive, enjoyable and well appreciated by all attendees. Many suggestions were made after the event including a request to taste white wines. I hope the turnout will be as good for Bouillet’s chocolates on 3rd April.
On to more serious business, in this letter I would like to share with you the results of our first WPNG attendees feedback form (click on the link to read): WPNG Attendees Meeting feedback.03.13.12. There is some very positive feedback, but also a few lessons to be learned. Food!
WPNG members do not eat prior to attending the meeting! So no wonder we had a very high score for people wanting more food to accompany the wine tasting. The WPNG e-mail message confirming your attendance should have been clearer about us moving the social networking session (food) to the end.
Lesson no.2 Timekeeping
We finished late which meant that some people were unable to stay until the end and enjoy the full wine tasting journey. We appreciate that this is a general trend and not specifically linked to this one event.
Lesson no.3 Networking
Not enough time to mingle and catch up with friends. We acknowledge the disruptive nature of this event and will ensure that future sessions will be shorter and to the point, leaving more room for networking before and after the speaker.
Lesson no.4 Noisy
The room is air-conditioned and when the ventilators get going it is very hard to hear what the speaker is saying. Unfortunately once the room is filled with 50 people, all the lights and two overhead projectors running, the ventilation will surge. We can ask the speaker to speak louder or resort to shutting the ventilation system to zero (it will take a few minutes to shut off).
Lesson no.5 Welcoming new members
We do not do enough to welcome new members and are too busy organizing, taking inscriptions, helping the speaker. As a Steering Committee this is one of our biggest challenges and we need help. Please take it upon yourselves to spot the new comer and make her feel welcome and at ease, explain how the meetings are run etc. We (the SC) will also do our best to ensure a good welcome and in addition we will stand up and introduce ourselves at the beginning of each and once in a while we will ask the entire group to introduce themselves.
Many thanks to Claire Blondel for managing the survey and providing the report and analysis.
Thank you for your feedback – It can only get better from here!
Kristina Ashton – President WPNGBack to events page