Like always, the second Sales conference this year took place during the festive season, from 19th to 21st December. Yet this one would be a little different. As a special end to 2016, all colleagues met at the Göbel’s Schlosshotel in tranquil Friedewald. This is where historic charm meets modern luxury. Read more about the castle’s turbulent history later on.
On the road to the “Schlosshotel”
The day began for me just like any other work day, with the major difference of being whisked away to Friedewald in style at lunchtime together with colleagues from Domestic Sales and Exports, in addition to Commercial Customer Services. Upon arriving at the Schlosshotel, we first had to get our bearings. Not to mention getting to grips with the sheer scale of the former castle. I had to make my way from the main building out to the east wing.
After a quick breather in the spacious bedrooms, we headed to the bar to relax and prepare for the evening ahead. Once our other colleagues had arrived, we were able to take advantage of the well-stocked buffet. After such delicious and ample refreshment, we were now faced with a choice between the bar and the hotel spa. The bar won the contest And we saw out the rest of the evening having a pleasant few drinks.
A conference in extraordinary surroundings
The following morning, the conference began in earnest in an old wing of the castle. The wing had been renovated to provide meeting facilities. A wide variety of topics were to be discussed at the conference. They were ranging from areas as diverse as Exports, Domestic Sales also Industry, Complaints Management and Marketing. The event was also an opportunity for Area Managers and the Workshop Field Service to share their experiences. It was my job to inform colleagues about all upcoming innovations in Marketing and to gather as much information as possible that might help us in our day-to-day activities.
The busy conference programme was brought to a close in the afternoon with a guided tour through the castle grounds, which date from the 13th century. Alongside the stately ruins of the moated castle, including a veritable swarm of goldfish, the imposing corner towers with their metre-thick walls were particularly impressive. The highlight of the tour was definitely our guide, though. Mr Göbel himself took us on a truly entertaining wander through the historic grounds.
Eating like royalty is great for productivity!
A delicious dinner was lined up for the evening after the tour. We couldn’t praise the chef and kitchen staff highly enough for this – it must have taken ages to prepare! On Wednesday, wich also was the last day of our stay, we discussed the outstanding points from the previous day. Aside from gaining an insight into the complaints management process, we had very productive discussions on changes to the allocation of territory. Enjoying the hotel’s outstanding food once more was a fitting end to proceedings before we made our way home to Heusenstamm through the wonderfully wintry landscape.