Thank you for signing up to our upcoming dinner and committing your valuable time to taking part. We won’t be asking much of you before, during or after the event, but certain questions do arise often, and it can be useful to have a look through the information below to familiarise yourself with the setup. If anything you’d like to know isn’t covered here, please feel free to get in touch.
You have been sent a calendar file to add the event to your diary; please make sure you have logged this. We ask that you aim to arrive by 18:30 for a welcome drink and networking. Dinner will start at 19:00; please let us know if you are running late. In case you are, we will adjust the seating plan so you can easily slip in at the end of the table.
The venue does not operate a dress code. Most guests will come straight from work, so the norm will be business dress. Some might dress more formally; others might come in smart jeans and trainers. Whatever makes you feel comfortable!
THE ROOM & FOOD
The room is completely private, set with a single dining table to accommodate our group of 12-16. Welcome drinks will be served, with guests mingling before sitting down to eat. When that time comes, place cards will indicate where each guest should sit. A TEN representative will be on hand to assist. A single menu will be served to the whole table, with any allergies, intolerances or dietary preferences taken care of by the kitchen. We’ll contact guests in advance for that info.
The facilitator will lead a single conversation. After settling in, the facilitator will ask each guest for a brief personal intro, then will build a discussion around three key questions. They will do their best to ensure that each guest is involved as much as they’d like to be; feel free to contribute as much or as little as you feel comfortable doing. The conversation takes place under the Chatham House Rule, so please be as open as you can. The facilitator will conclude the structured part of the event at 21:30, at which point the single conversation will be allowed to break into smaller chats.
THE END OF THE EVENING
Guests may choose to leave at any point once the structured discussion is over. For your travel home or onward, we’d advise you to plan to be there until at least 21:45. It’s not unusual for a smaller group to remain until 22:30 or beyond; feel free to stick around if your schedule permits.
IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT
Guest lists are carefully put together and cancellations can affect that balance. If anything looks likely to derail your plans, it will help greatly if you can identify a suitable substitute from within your organisation and let us know about the change. For last-minute changes, we appreciate that work and personal emergencies happen: please try your best to let us know as soon as you can.
TEN – Emily Alleyne – firstname.lastname@example.org