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What is a Town Hall Business Meeting?

A Town Hall Business Meeting is an organization-wide business meeting in which an executive report is made and then employees or guests have an opportunity to ask questions, and engage with business executives.

Town Hall Business Meetings can be held in large conference rooms, corporate cafeterias, hotel ballrooms and across many time zones and continents. Effective Town Hall Business Meeting usually begins with a "State of Affairs" presentation and includes considerable time for questions and answers. The term "All-Hands" meeting is often used interchangeably with Town Hall meeting, however a Town Hall meeting is more question and answer based while All-Hands meetings are generally more focused on conveying a message and making a key presentation.

Multi location Town Hall Business Meetings

Using video communications systems and a meeting moderator, business executives can hold Town Hall Business Meetings in multiple time zones at once. A typical format is for the executives to make a presentation (which often includes a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation) and then the meeting transitions to a lengthy question and answer period.

Questions and answers are moderated so each location's participants can ask questions and even interact with executives about their answers. The moderator moves from location to location, announcing each as the question and answer session proceeds until closing remarks and a summary statement are again made by the host location executives.

What does a Multi location Town Hall Business Meeting cost?

Costs vary considerably based on the locations themselves, however, some good budgetary rules generally apply.

In general, the host location requires special attention, extra microphones, a camera and operator as well as a good audio system. We recommend a budget of $20,000 USD for a two to three hour meeting for the host site. Remote locations, are about half the cost of the host site and so budgeting $10,000 USD for each additional site is a good practice.

If the locations are at hotel facilities such as ballrooms or conference facilities the cost to communicate between them adds about $5,000 per location, bringing a budgetary cost to about $25,000 per host site and $15,000 for each remote site.

Food and beverage services add to the costs, as do many other hotel or conference facility services.

Advantages of a Town Hall Business Meeting

All employees get one message in a lively forum that comes close to the experience of having executives travel to each location. The key advantage of a Town Hall Business Meeting is a well orchestrated question and answer session. Using a "Round Robin" moderated format ensures that each location's attendees get the full attention of all executives with ample time to ask questions and to add follow-up questions.

When employees have the opportunity to ask questions and to see and hear a live presentation, a Town Hall Business meeting comes alive in a way a telephone conference or recording cannot.

About TKO VideoConferencing

TKO VideoConferencing, a division of TKO Video Communications, is an industry leader providing high-quality, global video communication solutions for business and government. Services include video conference All-Hands and Town Hall meetings, video conference event management, webinars, webcasting, and both live and on-demand internet streaming. Founded in 1995, TKO is based in Silicon Valley, with offices in New York City, Washington, DC and San Diego.

Contact TKO today for expert technical assistance for your next Town Hall Business Meeting.