How to make your breakfast meetings more productive (and tasty)

According to a survey by One Poll, 34% of employees claimed they were more focused at breakfast time. Morning meetings are believed to have more positive outcomes than those held later in the day, with 67% of staff surveyed saying they were more likely to pay attention at this time compared to any other time of day.

Whether it’s a team huddle, a conference, training session or an office get-together, maximise productivity at your early morning meetings with our handy tips below.

Food and drink

Coffee

Ensure there is coffee available on arrival and it’s available throughout your event. Never skimp on the quality of the coffee – weak, cold or tasteless coffee will not be tolerated especially when you expect them to turn up early for your meeting!

For the non-coffee drinkers, ensure you also offer a selection of other beverages, including tea, orange juice and water.

have coffee at your breakfast meeting

Start the day right with food

Eating breakfast is an important part of a healthy routine, so if you’re holding a business meeting, you should be prepared to feed them. According to One Poll, 79% of respondents felt that eating breakfast made them more efficient and alert. Numerous surveys have revealed that skipping breakfast or eating a low-quality breakfast can have a negative effect on your memory, concentration and focus.

So, set yourself and your colleagues up for success by ordering and providing a delicious, light and hearty hot or cold breakfast to help them start their day off on the right foot and ensure your business meeting is productive. You don’t want your attendees turning up hungry, as they’ll be distracted throughout the session.

Make sure you also offer a selection of juices, coffee, tea and water.

Below are some of the best breakfast catering ideas for your next meeting, event, training, conference or function.

Continental breakfast

Served buffet style, this is a very cost-effective event catering menu option, which could include two or three options including:

  • Assorted baked items including croissants, muffins and toast
  • Seasonal fruit platter
  • Assorted cereals and fruit
  • Coffee and tea
  • Orange and apple juice

A continental breakfast catering menu is a great option for team gatherings or training sessions.

continental breakfast catering

Breakfast buffets

Feed a hungry crowd and impress your guests with hot and cold buffet menu options.

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Sausages, bacon and hash browns
  • Waffle station offering a range of toppings including fresh fruit, whipped cream, syrup and more
  • Omelette station with a chef making it fresh. Add various fillings in your omelette including cheese, ham, mushrooms, onion and more.
  • Baked goods including muffins, croissants, scones and danishes
  • Fresh fruit platters
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Cereal

A buffet can also cater for different dietary needs. Breakfast buffets are a great option for training sessions or conferences.

Breakfast stations

Make your next business meeting more memorable with an on-site hot breakfast station, made fresh right in front of your eyes!

  • Omelette station
  • Waffles station, such as Wafflo in Sydney
  • Pancake station

breakfast waffle station

Photo credit: Wafflo

Plated meals

This offers a more formal touch to the event and would be perfect for VIPs. A sample event menu would include eggs benedict, a traditional hot breakfast with eggs, bacon, mushrooms and toast, omelette, or pancakes.

Healthy catering

  • Think low-GI, low sugar options including:
  • Fresh fruit platter
  • Natural yoghurt pots with fresh fruit and berries and crunchy granola
  • Granola cereal
  • Whole grain bread
  • Low fat spreads
  • Acai bowls
  • Pressed juices 
  • Don’t forget to offer milk varieties such as soy, coconut, almond, oat, rice and lactose free to keep all your guests happy

Bagels

A delicious twist on the classic egg and bacon roll – try something different like an egg and bacon bagel! It’s a hearty and satisfying way to start the day, and with the range of flavour combinations available, it’s a great way to keep your morning event interesting for your attendees. We love NYC Bagel Deli in Brisbane, Schmucks Bagels in Melbourne and The Bagel Boys in Brisbane.

breakfast bagels

Photo credit: NYC Bagel Deli

Don’t forget to account for special diets

There’s nothing worse than missing out while everyone else is chowing down on an egg and bacon roll. Ensure you check with the office if anyone has a special diet or food allergy. We have a range of gluten free, diary free, vegetarian and vegan options available. If an employee has a rare or unusual food allergy, such as an allergy to bananas, you may need to make a special arrangement or let one of our corporate catering experts know asap so we can help find a special dietary catering solution for you.

The other essentials

In addition to great corporate catering, it’s important to include plenty of beverage options, including coffee, tea, water and juice. Ensure you have enough plates, cutlery, glasses, cups and napkins for your breakfast meeting.

The meeting

Now that you have your food and drink sorted, here are some tips to keep your meeting productive.

Be consistent

Whether your meeting is every week or every month, keep it consistent in terms of time and location, so there is no confusion. Always start your meetings on time and keep it within the specified time frame.

Have a clear purpose for the meeting

Whether it’s a team huddle, brainstorming session, training or company get-together, create an agenda and keep everyone on task. Ensure there is a clear and specific reason for the session to get the most out of it.

keep your meeting productive with an agenda

Keep everyone engaged

A dim room is not the best for those early morning gatherings, so make sure the room is bright and welcoming. People are busy and will usually have a full day ahead of them, so keep your morning meetings short and efficient. Check out our guide for business meetings with useful tips on how to keep everyone engaged.

Corporate catering made easy

Make sure your next function is a success with great food and drinks. If you need some tasty corporate or event catering menu inspiration, speak to our corporate catering consultants on 1300 851 900 for corporate breakfast catering ideas. Alternatively, check out our website to order breakfast online from our great range of corporate caterers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Newcastle and the Gold Coast.

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