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Scan Magazine | Conference of the Month | Norway
conference groups, Løwe and Hofstad create a seamlessly creative ambiance for everyone to enjoy. “We have a lot of space,” says Løwe, “which lets guests move around as they like and mingle with each other, no matter the weather. The last thing we want is for guests to feel confined or restricted in any way.” Restrictions are justly left at the door at Austkil, as one of the centre’s main attractions requires visitors to step into the shoes of someone else. Based on the popular ‘murder mystery’ party concept, the ‘mord til middag’ (literally ‘murder for dinner’) dining option lets conference attendees engage in secretive role-play during their meal. With six of the dinner guests playing key roles in the murder drama and the rest supporting the action through various tasks, there are plenty of secrets to be uncovered. “It gives the dining experience something extra, while also bringing it down to an informal level,” says Løwe, admitting that she often steps into the mystery as the designated inspector. “Well, you have to take part in the fun,” she laughs, “I mean, how often do you get to call out your boss, naming them the
harlot of the plot? It’s intriguing seeing people who usually only interact in a professional setting let loose and have fun.” She adds that she finds it important to be present for all guests at the centre. “That’s not to say we should intrude, but I think it’s important to show some genuine engagement in the visitors’ experiences. If not, why are we here?” Teambuilding and specialised coaching Løwe is currently in the process of developing a new dinner concept that, similar to ‘mord til middag’, will break the ice and gets dinner guests active. “It will be far more than just eating; the idea is to make it a rounded experience including all senses and several locations here at the centre. It will be more like a teambuilding activity,” she states, adding that she also offers specialised coaching for all conference groups. “I’m passionate about communication and language, and how people in an organisation can work together to reach their goals. Ole on his side has a background in journalism and media, and can advise companies of all sizes on how to communicate efficiently and precisely in writing and speech,” she notes.
Palpably energetic in her descriptions, it is difficult not to be affected by Løwe’s passion for what she does. From the organic, locally sourced food and homemade crispbread served for breakfast to the tailored coaching sessions, all measures are taken to ensure a conference break that will stay with guests long after they have left Austkil’s picturesque grounds. “I think that’s what people want today,” she contemplates, “something that isn’t necessarily a set package deal, but more of an authentic experience. That’s what we are good at!”
Austkil in brief: - 15 rooms with beds for 27 people - Convention hall accommodates up to 70 people - AV equipment and wireless Wi-Fi available Email: email@example.com Phone: +47 92060573 Address: Austkil 7520 Hegra For more information, please visit: www.austkil.no
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