Posts tagged: event planning tips

Fun Team Building Tip: Get the Party Started

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Getting off to a rough start can kill your fun team building event before things get going… and delays are a rough start.

It’s a huge bummer when you are excited about starting a fun team building event, but there is a delay because the entire group isn’t there yet.  So you end up waiting…
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Be a Space Hog & Don’t Feel Bad | Team Building Programs Tip

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Lack of adequate space for the activities can really put a damper on the fun.

Many things can put a storm cloud over your team building programs,  and not having enough space is one of those things.  Do you want your team to be involved, enthusiastic, having fun and bonding with their co-workers… or complaining about not having enough space?
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Team Building Tip: Avoid Sore Feet!

Preparation is the key to any successful Team Building event, but it isn’t just about planning the event.  Make sure your team is also fully prepared.

This includes making sure they are aware of the appropriate clothing and shoes to wear to the event. It’s really hard to have fun with sore toes!
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Team Building Tip: Surprise me! But really, no.

It may seem like a good idea to surprise your team with a team building exercise, but this is generally a no-no.

It is much easier to encourage participation, have fun and enjoy an event when participants are not surprised. That being said, don’t tell them everything about the event, because it will ruin the fun.
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Team Building Tip: What’s in a Name?

Do not call your team building exercise “team building.”

People have preconceived notions about what to expect from team building events and they are not always excited about them. Instead, refer to the activity itself.
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Valenteam – Sweetheart Ideas for Meeting Energizers and Team Builders

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Valentine’s Day is the sweetest holiday of the bunch.

The energy created between sweethearts is second to none, but creating energy within your team is equally as important.

Here are some fantastic team builders that also function as meeting energizers, and they work with onsite staff as well as staff you have out there in the virtual world.

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Holiday Parties that Rock – Ideas to make your party profitable

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It seems that many budget lines have felt the wrath of the delete button over the years, but the Holiday Party remains.  From social drinks and meal to a couples dance and annual awards – the holiday party is holding strong. That being said, as a forward thinking manager you can utilize the holiday party budget for some team development.

Team building is inspired by one of 3 F’s – Fun, Fast Forward and Fix.  Fix is when we have a super tuff group with dynamic issues and is not functioning at their peak – and that’s not something we are going to work on over the holidays – we’ll have plenty of that with our in-laws visiting (LOL). Read more ›

5 Tips for Team Bonding in a Hybrid Meeting

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The following is a set of five tips we discovered from Richard Davies, Head of European employee communications, EBAY.

1. Win your audience every session – your brand is only as good as your last briefing. Hold yourself accountable for the time your audience invests in your meeting.
2. Coach your presenters to be engaging and work effectively with a camera. Give them meaningful feedback on their performance.
3. Ensure the content is the most important thing you are talking about each week. Explain why everyone needs to know about an item and if you can’t do that, drop it from the agenda.
4. Don’t let speakers run over their time.
5. Make sure people leave the room with a spring in their step.

Originally published in the business journal from MPI, Meeting Planners International.

Building powerful team retreats- Part 2: Components of a Training Program

Part 2 of a two part series on building team retreats. Read part 1 here.

Components of a Training Program

Creating training and development programs that meet the educational needs of your learners require that you create a program mix that meets the holistic needs of your staff. In my experience of providing training and development programs I have found that mixing some of the following components into your program will create an effective, efficient, and empowering program. Read more ›

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