It was just about two weeks ago now that Stephanie and I made our way to our neighbors of the North and attended the ADMEI 2013 Conference and I have to tell you – we are still Mad For Montreal!
From start to finish, ADMEI 2013 was the experience of a lifetime! Highlights for us range from leading the Eight Cold Girls to victory in the scavenger hunt on Thursday afternoon to chatting with our fellow Bostonians at Corinthian during cocktail hour and introducing David Adler and Bent Hadler during Friday’s Plan-a-thon session! Having lunch with David and some friends on the final day of the conference was also quite a treat – the conversations we shared (and the chicken!) will not be forgotten!
Since we returned from our stay at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, Stephanie and I have had the office abuzz with talk of the great friends we made and memories and knowledge we shared during our weekend with the world’s top DMCs! On Monday morning, we came walking in with our gold medals from Thursday’s scavenger hunt around our necks and ADMEI bags in our hands – and we haven’t taken them off since!!
While at ADMEI, we also had the opportunity to see history be made, as Grant Snider of JPdL passed the presidency baton onto Liz Keyser of PRA for the upcoming year – to be in the room as the members of ADME officially voted Liz in as President was a true honor!
Having the chance to Play Our Cards Right with fellow attendees and give away some TeamBonding Bucks just added to an already great experience. It isn’t often that we get to give away money with our faces on it – and to have that money be worth $1,000 isn’t too shabby! If only I had that kind of luck when I was playing the slots in Vegas…
Now that we have settled back into our offices in Boston, Stephanie and I are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead in the coming year to continue to work with and learn from our DMC colleagues – both old and new! We’re also anxiously awaiting word for where next year’s conference will be held – our TeamBonding playing cards are packed and our tickets are just waiting to be booked!
In the meantime, check out our free guide to team building including some sure fire exercises you can explore on your own. And please do stay in touch.
Until next time, ADMEI! Thanks for the memories!
Imagine if you will, that it’s 2006 again. The housing bubble has just burst, and the US economy is teetering on the brink of what will end up being the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. People are scared for the futures of their companies, and are cutting corners at every possible turn. No one is very eager to spend money on team building.
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
Company culture is becoming a more important aspect of the workplace. Now more than ever, companies are going all out to provide a wonderful experience for their employees. The focus has shifted to making sure they’re happy, engaged and having fun at work. After all, it’s a big factor when choosing where to work. Having fun is key to effectively managing and improving employees’ productivity as it contributes directly to your company culture. It also improves teamwork, builds better trusting relationships and can help increase retention rates.
Know each other as people, not just professionals. We’re all so much more than our job titles. We have interests that may have drawn each of us to our roles and help us excel within them. There are easy team building icebreaker activities for work that will help you and your team bond and get to know each other as more than just your role in the office. (more…)
Team building games and ice breaker activities for adults can keep your team bonded throughout the year. Get started with this simple DIY team building exercise. EXERCISE GOAL: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and those around them through ice breaker activities. (more…)
I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This time I went to a Team Teddy Rescue Bear.
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