Haute Dokimazo Executive Retreats
Effective Executive Retreats With Haute Dokimazo
Haute Dokimazo is an award-winning participant-driven way of meeting, sharing and learning. Through thoughtful collaboration design, “HD” fosters a peer-to-peer environment in an unconference format. Haute Dokimazo is an award-winning participant-driven way of meeting, sharing and learning. Through thoughtful collaboration design, “HD” fosters a peer-to-peer environment in an unconference format.
Our participants trust that we will provide a safe environment so they can have the courage to speak more openly, share more freely, and take more risks.
The Welcome Attack
We believe that the registration experience is pivotal to setting the tone for your entire event. Why not use those first impressions for good instead of evil? Actually WELCOME your attendees and introduce them to other attendees?
Starting with an energetic hug or handshake, our signature Welcome Attack is how we kick off the event right and wow attendees right from the start.
Buffets are impersonal. Buffets are weird. You get a plate, then try to find a place to land with it. Blech. We love family style meals! Breaking bread together, meeting people, THAT’S how you get a party started!
All of our events begin with a family style meal. We introduce you to other attendees at your table, and we work hard to find locations that have real tables – not 72″ rounds where you can’t hear the people on the other side! We want you to begin your event experience with a small group of friends so you have familiar faces to say hi to throughout the event.
Unconferences are not new. The format has been around since the 80s. We love the physical engagement that writing topic ideas and sessions suggestions on large sticky notes brings to the event.
The energy of the chaos and the excitement of co-creating brings the magic to a Haute Dokimazo event. We then create an agenda and assign facilitators from the crowdsourcing exercise.
These are the sessions. We believe that everyone has a story to tell. Not just that keynote speaker who got paid to be on stage. From the crowdsourced content we uncovered in the beginning, we create sessions with participants facilitating the conversations throughout the day.
We create a safe environment for our participants to solve each others problems. We’ve been told that it’s like group therapy – real conversations, no judgement, people helping people.
Ever leave an event wishing that you could have told the organizers what you loved and what you wish they’d change?
We end every Haute Dokimazo with a retrospective where we give participants the opportunity to share (publicly at a microphone) what they loved about their experience, and what we should fix. We capture this feedback live and projected.
IT’S A VIBE
What makes an event “HD” is the vibe. The feeling. The culture. The collaboration. The openness. The energy. And it all starts at the registration desk. We greet attendees like they are walking into a restaurant. We give them their materials and seat them at a table for a meal with others, introducing them while they are being seated. This facilitates immediate networking and a feeling of welcoming warmth. Crowdsourcing content is much easier when your attendees feel open and willing to share!
Then we crowdsource! Attendees share problems they’ve solved and challenges they’re currently working on via sticky note in an interactive, energetic crowd-sourcing session. The result is a wall full of sticky notes with topic ideas!
While the attendees are off doing something else (an activity, a presentation, eating lunch, etc), we’ll create the schedule of sessions. We need a minimum of 45 minutes to build the agenda and notify & train the facilitators.
Haute Dokimazo began as an event for event industry professionals, but has grown into a new way of meeting, sharing, and learning. Imagine your customers creating content to solve your prospects’ problems. Imagine your internal team identifying their annual priorities or coming up with your next big product offering collaboratively.
Imagine creating a completely new peer-to-peer experience in your industry. We’ve done all of these things for our clients. We can help you, too.
The “Hauties” have been HDing their way across the country helping associations, corporations, and industry icons rethink their employee and client engagement. For decades, the formula has been: how many people can you cram into a ballroom (more and more success!), bore with a powerpoint and pretend to inspire with an overpriced keynote speaker.
HD is anything but that. Instead, you’ll find inspiration from other participants in small sessions, sharing problems, and solutions that will change the way you work. The facilitators share their best practices, then the participants get to share theirs, too. Questions happen throughout the session, and conversation is ongoing. It’s like having a coffee break for a full hour, dedicated just to the topic you wanted to learn and share about.
We believe everyone has a story to tell. Our mission is to create a safe and collaborative environment in which our participants can have the courage to speak more openly, contribute more freely, and take greater risks that promise the greatest personal and professional relationships and rewards.
BizBash C.E.O. David Adler: What’s on the Mind of Event Pros? by David Adler, CEO, BizBash
HAUTE DOKIMAZO: What’s “Haute” in Unconference Design!, by Lisa Meller
Haute Dokimazo wants you to see its HauteBottie, by Laura Smous
Get Unconventional with Haute Dokimazo, by Emma Franke, Minnesota Meetings & Events
Experiential marketers gather at Haute Dokimazo Conference, by Seth Burstein
Haute Dokimazo, by Katie Johnson, Star Exhibits
Marketing a Unique Event, a podcast from Making the Marketer, by Megan Powers
Haute Dokimazo San Diego – a 360 Video, by Galago Vision
Thought Nomads: Wired for Reinvention, Liese Gardner
A new type of conference – the “un-conference,” by Mandy Bianchi
Together Women Achieve: Harnessing the Power of Sharpie and Sticky with a Crowdsourced Agenda, by JT Long, Smart Meetings