Many years ago, I chaired a roundtable on the future of business parks.
A business park developer, an agent who leased business park space, an architect who designed business parks, and a business park tenant took part in the discussion.
There was lots of excited conversation about what the business park of the future would look like, what facilities it would have and how it would be used.
The occupier wasn’t joining in, so I asked what they thought of the suggestions. What they said stopped everyone in their tracks.
The tenant – the business that may or may not lease space in the future – didn’t want most of what was suggested.
Instead, they reeled off a list of what they did want from a business park.
I used to regularly chair panel discussions for the magazine I worked for.
Curve ball panellist
They were great generators of content and brand awareness but what made them really fly was when there was a ‘curve ball’ panellist.
There would be a range of people on the panel representing different sides of property development. However, the best discussions were when there was someone whose experience was different from the rest of the panellists.
One example was a discussion about economic growth in a particular region. Four out of five of the panellists were from the area and one was not.Continue reading “Panel events: Are you creating an echo chamber of views?”