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12 Things We Learned From The World's Top Movie Meeting Scenes

Let's be truthful. Meetings can be boring. They can make you want to fall asleep. They can make you want to browse through pictures of cats under the table for hours on end.Why is it that while real-life meetings are never that exciting, meetings in movies always seem to be incredibly entertaining, full of madmen,drinking, shouting, laughing singing and chest-thumping?! 

Here we look at 12 of our favourite movie meeting scenes and what lessons we can learn form these on screen encounters.

12. The Wolf of Wall Street

That brilliant moment in The Wolf of Wall Street when everyone in the cinema cringes and laughs at the same time as poor Leonardo Di Caprio finds himself in a boozey afternoon meeting with a coked-up Matthew McConaughey who has transformed himself from a straight talking business man to a wild, martini-drinking, chest-pumping, eye-popping Wall Street Broker. 

Lesson learned? Just because your boss does it, doesn't mean you can.


11. Austin Powers


Poor Doctor Evil. When the internationally known criminal genius wakes up from his 30 year sleep (he was cryogenically frozen from 1967 until 1997), he tries to hold the world random for the astronomical sum of...ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Little does he know how little this sum is compared to the 1960's and thus ends up the laughing stock of all the world's leaders. Inflation Dr Evil, lots of inflation.

Lesson Learned? Do your research, things change.


10. The Hobbit


One of the first scenes in The Hobbit Movie sees a meeting involving Gandalf, the Dwarfs, Thorin and a melange of other characters in Bilbo Baggins house in The Shire. The meeting starts with the group scouring poor Bilbo Baggins Kitchen for food and devouring everything they find while shouting and laughing. The mood suddenly changes once Thorin arrives at the house and this is when the serious discussions begin, with everyone tangoing on every word that comes out of Thorns mouth. The scene ends in a moving sing song of 'The Misty Mountains', sang by all the dwarfs.

Lesson Learned? One person can change the entire dynamic of a meeting.


9. The Iron Lady



You know the scene. Everyone knows this scene. Britain's Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher (played by the formidable Meryl Streep who won an Oscar for her performances), sits down with some of the most powerful men in England and tells them straight out that they "don’t have the courage to fight for a cause because they never had to fight hard for anything in their lives". It's a charged scene in which a passionate female leader is fully aware of her power and is not afraid to use it. 


Lesson Learned? Don't be afraid to speak up!


8. The Dark Knight



Proof that a meeting doesn't always have to take place in a board room. In this tense scene, The Joker sits in what looks like the kitchen part of a large restaurant and tells a gang of evil cronies his plan to "kill the batman", in exchange for a big cut of the money, of course. When asked why he hasn't killed him already, he famously says, "If you're good at something, never do it for free."


Lesson Learned? If you're good at something, never do it for free.


7. Get Him To The Greek



With an opening line that involves a record label boss saying, "This meeting's not for me, this meeting is for you", we knew this would be a good choice. The meeting is more a brainstorming session than a board room meeting, as the employees try to discover who the next 'Alicia Keyes' might be or how to discover the next big hip-hp artist. One thing that is not tolerated in this meeting is small ideas. Small, meaningless, irrelevant ideas that won't come to anything. If you want to impress, think big.


Lesson Learned? Think big. Big ideas.



6. Apollo 13



Failure is not an option, especially when failing may result in the death of the nation's bravest men and the destruction of a shuttle that cost billions to build. In this scene, from the movie Apollo 13, a team of scientists and mathematicians are meeting to try and figure out what they can do to ensure that the Apollo 13 will make it safely back to Earth after orbiting the moon. They decide if they cut off most non-essential power options now, the shuttle will retain enough power to return from the moon. If the don't, in 16 hours the batteries will be dead and so will the men. 


Lesson Learned? A small saving now could result in massive result later.



5. Erin Brockovich



This scene from the movie Erin Brockovich is one our favourite movie meeting scenes, mainly thanks to Julia Roberts feisty attitude, something she maintains throughout the movie. When offered the measly sum of 20 million dollars compensation to cover all the medical hardship encountered by up to 400 families, Brockovich is the only representative from her team to stand up for what she believe in and declare it a 'lame ass offer'. She goes on to ask the lawyers what price they would put on their spine, their uterus or even their kids lives, and to think about that carefully before returning with their next offer.


Lesson Learned? Never accept the first offer, always fight for better.


4. Liar Liar



This is one of our favourite scene from Liar, Liar. Sure it's old, but it was one of Jim Careys classic comedy movies and this scene is him at his best. He is brought into a formal boardroom meeting and is asked what he thinks of the company director. As he is not allowed to lie, he ends up telling him how he really feels and calls him every name under the sun. After a few seconds of awkward silence, the director starts howling with laughter and asks Carey to roast every other member of the committee.


Lesson Learned? Always tell the truth, even if it's ugly.


3. Zoolander



Zoolander, the movie that had people quoting and posing for months on end after it was first released. In fact, we probably all know people who still love pulling a 'Blue Steel' in photographs or claiming thy can "read people's minds". This is one of the movies classic scenes,and involves Derek meets with Mugatu to discuss his career and what Mugatu can offer him. A model of the 'Centre for children who can't read good' is revealed and Derek is appalled by it's size, and without thinking properly, declares that it needs to be at least...3 times bigger.


Lesson Learned? Think before you speak.


2. Kill Bill



This scene from Kill Bill teaches us all to watch what we say...especially of the meeting is being chaired by a woman with a sword who is not afraid to use it. Once Tanaka brings up their leaders Chinese-American heritage all hell breaks lose and he cuts off his head in one fast, flawless motion. She also warns the same will happen for anyone else that questions her leadership or her heritage.


Lesson Learned? Leave issues of nationality out of all meetings.



1. Ocean's Twelve




This 'Lost in Translation' scene from Ocean's Twelve is something I'm sure anyone who has ever been to a board meeting will appreciate. It can be near on impossible to follow everything that is been said, especially when things get more technical. You think you have said one thing, and everyone takes it up as something totally different. When posed with asking a question or telling an anecdote in this scene, Matt Damon is unsure whether to contribute to the conversation or to stay quiet. We also never really figure out which would have been the better option.


Lesson Learned? Sometimes keeping your mouth shut is the best option.


In Search of Ragnar: 8 Secret Places To Meet A Viking in Ireland

Did you know that Viking raiders first appeared in Irish waters at the end of the eighth century? These mysterious raiders came exclusively from Norway and their attacks were usually on coastal targets, with no raids recorded more than twenty miles inland.

Considering the huge distress and disorder caused over the years by Viking attacks and the fascination people around the world have with these Nordic raiders, it came as no surprise when The History Channel came up with the idea to produce the highly successful TV series, 'Vikings'. 

With the third series premiering earlier this year to over 4.6 million viewers, and a huge casting-call issued in Dublin last week to recruit extras for the fourth series, we have decided to put a piece together outlining the best places in Ireland to meet a viking!

8. Lough Tay


If you are looking to meet the entire cast of the Vikings series and even catch a glimpse of the scene been shot, then Lough Tay is the place to go. Almost 70% of all scenes in Season One were shot in the great outdoors, many in and around Lough Tay, a beautiful Lake in County Wicklow that looks like a giant Pint of Guinness. This location also happens to be one of Ireland's oldest monastic settlements, with ancient churches and a round tower to be found at nearby Glendalough.

7. National Museum of Ireland


Okay, so when we said you could meet Vikings, we never clarified if they would be alive or not! The National Museum of Ireland in Dublin has a brilliant Viking exhibition which includes a ninth century Viking skeleton and spearhead, found in the War Memorial Park in Dublin in 1934. At the centre of the exhibition you can also see a display of finds from the Museum's Dublin excavations, carried out between 1962 and 1981, which represents the finest collection of excavation finds from an early medieval urban centre anywhere in Europe.

6. Waterford City

Did you know Waterford city, in Ireland's South East, was actually founded by Vikings in 914 and is the only city in Ireland to retain its Norse name - Vadrarfjodr - which eventually became Waterford. Reginald's Tower, which can still be visited to this day, marks the first defensive structure built by the Vikings in 1088 and is the oldest civic building in Ireland. If you are looking to meet some 21st Century Vikings, or you would like to play the part yourself, then be sure to look up the Waterford Living History Society (members pictured above) who regularly engage in re-enactments of historical eras such as Waterford's Viking period.

5. Isoldes Tower

The remains of Isolde's Tower in the Temple Bar area of Dublin City were only discovered in recent years. The ancient tower formed part of the old city walls of Dublin and was the first part of the city's defenses from any sea-borne attacks, such as from ravaging Vikings!  If the name sounds familiar...it should! It comes from the old Nordic legend of Isolde and Tristan. Isolde was an Irish Princess who was suppose to wed England's King Mark but after drinking a love potion she subsequently fell in love with a Knight named Tristan, who was delivering her to her husband-to-be. 

4. Clontarf

2014 saw many Dubliner's commemorate the Millennium of the Battle of Clontarf, one of Ireland's most famous Vikings battles and an event which led to the death of Irish hero, Brian Boru. The event involved Ireland's largest historical re-enactment and saw over 60,000 people turn up to watch Irish clansmen defeat English raiders aided by the Nordic Vikings. If you are looking to catch a glimpse of some Vikings who may have been left behind, head on up to the sunny coastal village of Clontarf, only 15 minutes North of Dublin City.

3. Dublinia

Dublinia is a heritage centre in the heart of Dublin City that takes the visitor back to life in the city during Viking times. If you would like to see what life was like on board a Viking warship, visit a Viking house or even take a trip down a Viking street (or down the streets of Dublin!) then Dublinia, close to Christ Church Cathedral is worth a visit! Take the opportunity to Investigate ancient burial customs, explore the Viking legacy and meet some modern day Vikings.

2. Dunmore Caves

Have you ever dreamed about exploring some remote area and coming across some real-life treasure? Well, that's exactly what happened to a tour guide in the Dunmore Caves near Kilkenny a few years ago. While cleaning the path around the cave, the guide found a viking treasure of coins and woven silver buttons. The discovery was so astonishing it was mentioned in a documentary called, "The Ultimate Ten Amazing Treasure" aired on The Learning Channel in the U.S. The caves also have a darked history when it comes to Vikings, as it was the scene of a Viking massacre of over 1,000 people circa 928 AD.

1. Blessington Lake


If you are looking to meet a modern day Viking, otherwise known as Travis Fimmel (who plays leading character Ragnar Lothbrok in the Vikings TV series) you should make your way to the Blessington Lake in Co. Wicklow. Many scenes from the third series were filmed here so don't be surprised to see fake bodies hanging off of trees by the shore as traditional, wooden viking ships set sail into the sunset.

Ultimate Guide To Event Planning

Planning a memorable event can often seem like a daunting task. Be it a meeting, a birthday party, a large conference or even your wedding, there are so many things to do it’s hard to know where to start. 


Fear not as we have brainstormed over the last few days and have come up with this ‘Ultimate Event Planning Guide’ to help kick start your next big event in 10 easy steps.

 

#1 - Goals & Objectives


Goals and Objectives

 

It might seem obvious but one of the most important elements of organizing an event is to consider what the end goal is. Every event will have different objectives that the organizers are hoping to achieve. Once these are nailed down, it will help you focus your efforts and will help you communicate with your events team more effectively.

 

Sit down and ask yourself, “What exactly am I hoping to achieve with this event?” Your event goals should outline the general purpose of your event and will provide a clear road map for the planning process while your event objectives will be measurable attainable targets that contribute to the accomplishment of the overall goal. 


#2 - Assemble a Team


Asseble a team 

In most cases planning an event can be a lot of stress and work for one person. Having more people to help out with ideas, plans and tasks can save both time and money. If you’re on a smaller budget try reaching out to family or friends who might volunteer to lend a helping hand. You can thank all volunteers after the event and offer to return the favour in the future.

 

Good team members with different skills will be vital for the events success. Think about what value each member can bring and where their skills could be most useful. Always be prepared to delegate responsibility for some of the tasks involved, and try to position yourself more in a “coordinating” role. A great new site to try out is ‘EventDawn’ which is essentially an online Binder for event organizers where you can easily invite team members to collaborate.

 

#3 - Select a Date

Pick a date

This step is often over-looked and we feel event organizers really don’t spend enough time carefully considering the perfect date for their event.

 

Selecting a date for an event can have a big impact with regards to the number of people who attend. You will want to be sure that another similar event does not hinder your turnout and be sure to check online for conflicting events such as major sports games, music concerts or religious or national holidays. You can also use sites like Doodle or agreeAdate to decide on what date suits the most people.

 

#4 - Prepare a Budget

Prepare a budget 

“Budgeting has only one rule: do not go over budget!” - Leslie Tayne.

 

Creating a budget for an event is an essential part of the planning process as it will have a huge impact on the rest of the planning steps. The budget is the starting point for other areas of development like venue hire, speakers, entertainment, catering services and all other aspects of event management. Having a set figure in mind will make for easier and more realistic planning.

 

It's easy to make elaborate plans when you sit and daydream about planning an event. Having a budget will keep things in perspective. When making a budget, try and be as accurate and conservative as possible. Research and examine all of your budget items and their associated costs.

 

There might be a huge difference in price between the estimated cost and the actual cost of an item.  You don’t want to have to abandon any aspect of your event due to poor budget estimates. Shop around for the best available prices. This will help you from not going over budget and ensure you don’t any waste time. To help you plan your budget you can use tools like EventBudget or the Super Planning App.

 

#5 – Think about funding options

funding 

Partnerships & sponsorship

Once you have drawn up the initial budget, you can decide whether you can afford the cost of your event or whether you need sponsors or donors to make things work. Try to identify and establish possible partnerships with local businesses or organizations. These partnerships could help with funding, aid with marketing or they may simply be able to provide free resources for your event.

 

Crowd sourcing

Crowd sourcing is becoming more and more popular in the events industry and will help ease the financial risk. Creating a crowd sourcing campaign will allow people to sponsor or donate small or large sums of money towards your event. You can provide different rewards to incentivize donations such as free social media promotion, free event entry or even just a thank-you card! Once your event has reached its target monetary goal, you can then begin planning the event. Some event crowd sourcing websites include: CrowndsUnite, GoFundme and Kickstarter


#6 - Find a venue

Find a venue 

When it come sot finding the perfect venue for your event there are a lot of things to consider. You will want to make sure your chosen venue is either close to public transport and in an accessible location or else is able to provide a lot of parking for event attendees.

 

Think about the type of event you are organizing and then think of all the type of venues available to hire such as stadiums, museums, night clubs, smaller unique venues or hotels and conference centers. Work out how many attendees you plan on inviting and ensure your chosen venue can accommodate that number of people in the style you are looking for. If you are looking to save time and energy while searching for the perfect venue, you can use our online booking system here.

 

#7 – Brainstorm an event plan!

Brainstorming

The event plan should include all the nitty gritty details. A brainstorming session with team members will help form ideas and get the creative juices following. Members can separate the good ideas from the bad ideas, and in doing so take you will find yourself a step closer to executing the events goals and objectives.

 

Really identifying and focusing on your target audience is critical in this step. Try and look at your event from their perspective. Ask yourself these questions like, “Why would people want to come to this event?”, “Why would they be interested?”, and “How will my event provide a valuable experience?” Be sure that your event plan answers these questions. Some great brainstorming apps to help with your event plan include SimpleMind, Grapholite and Mindomo.

 

 

#8 - Create an event checklist

Checklist 

This will be your road-map to success. Once you have brainstormed an overall event plan and know what type of experience you wish to give your attendees, it’s time to create a checklist. Break down all of your ideas into actionable steps and try to be as thorough and detailed as possible so not to cause confusion.

 

Here are some examples of tasks for your event checklist:

 

    Venue hiring tasks - contracts, deposit, insurance, availability

    Security management - availability, rental fees

    Marketing tasks - website creation, social media, radio promotion

    Entertainment tasks- rental fees, duration, availability

    Catering tasks - cost, location, availability

    Sponsorship management - Negotiate terms, arrange funding, collect supplies

 

#9 - Promote your event 

Social Media


Even if you’re planning the most spectacular event of the year you’ll still need to make sure the public and specific groups know about it. There’s a number of ways to go about marketing your event to the world so it’s important to choose which methods are best for you.

 

Social media channels are an excellent way to build a buzz and create excitement. They allow event organizers to keep people informed with announcements and pictures of what’s to be expected leading up to the event. In addition, you can also use your social media presence to answer any questions and provide any customer support to attendees or the media.

 

Be sure to set up a Facebook event page which you can then pay to promote to a targeted audience on Facebook. You can also promote your event across all other social media channels such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Think of a unique hashtag that can be used on Twitter while promoting the event and on the day. You can also create a promotional video which you can upload to Vimeo or YouTube to show the highlights from previous events you have organized. You can also use sites like EventBrite to further promote and sell tickets to the event.

 

Don’t forget old-school media when looking for promotion for your event. Local newspapers and radio stations are always looking for content and will often promote your event for free.

 

 

#10 - Following up

Following Up 

Just because your event has finished doesn't mean that the buzz has to stop. This is where we can highlight the memorable and special moments of the event. This step will also allow you to engage with your audience and receive feedback, thank all attendees and speakers for attending, and most importantly provide a post event narrative capturing all of the highlights of the event with the aim to further maximize the impact of the event.

 

More importantly, if you’re planning on organizing a similar event in the future, it’s important to gather feedback on what worked well and what areas of the event could be improved. Encourage attendees to provide feedback through online surveys or in person.


A simple thank you or follow up email can effectively express the much deserved gratitude for speakers, sponsors and key contributors to the event that made it a success. In addition to this, a thank you email can also strengthen the relationships of key contributors for future events.

We can also collect any videos, pictures and comments posted on social media throughout the event and incorporate them into future posts. Storify is an excellent resource for easily bringing all of the elements together in a post.