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As soon as TeamBonding Facilitator Paul Giroux kicked things off, asking “Ready for an adventure?”, it was clear this wasn’t your typical corporate event.
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TeamBonding Launches Art Heist Corporate Team Building Event Based on Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Unsolved Mystery
TeamBonding is launching an all-new interactive corporate team building event, Art Heist, in honor of the 32nd anniversary of Boston’s infamous unsolved mystery. The release of the new event comes just days after new tantalizing details surfaced for the Gardener Museum art heist. Defined as the largest art heist in history and carrying one of the world’s largest reward offers, the three-decade-old case has remained cold all this time, but participants are more ready than ever to help finally solve the crime with fresh eyes.
“We’ll be looking at the evolution of Team Building. Whether we’re talking about team development, employer retention, employee engagement, or the future of networking, we’re looking forward to sharing all there is to know with all of you.” - Rich Rininsland, Podcast Host If you enjoyed last year’s insider’s look at the team building industry, you’ll love what we have in store for this season. For more information, visit our podcast page.
TeamBonding launches CSR division, a unique blend of team building with social responsibility, providing companies with employee volunteer program management services, build-it-yourself volunteer kits, and individual corporate volunteering events.
Corporate retreats are an ideal way for team members to relax and recharge, brainstorm ideas and work through problems, and generally get a break from the distractions of daily work life. Of course, in our new hybrid world, not every employee will be comfortable being on-site. But yes, hosting a hybrid corporate retreat is possible, with a little extra planning and the help of a strong audiovisual partner and carefully selected venue. At-home mailers can also be a fun opportunity for team building. “Look for team-building activities with kits that are shipped to participants, wherever they will be participating,” says Jayne Hannah, assistant director of corporate events for virtual, in-person and hybrid team-building event company TeamBonding, citing activities like her company's mixology or gingerbread house kits, which send materials to participants’ homes. In terms of team-building experiences that incorporate both an in-person and at-home audience, Hannah recommends avoiding activities made for large groups. “Break large groups into smaller groups made up of both in-person and virtual participants, and use video conference tools to connect,” she advises, suggesting that one person from the in-person team can be charged with holding an iPad or laptop so remote team members can be included. “When doing hybrid activities, connection is key.” And for those preplanned hybrid events, adds Hannah, “Allow time for in-person attendees to get settled before the video conference starts so virtual guests do not get confused by chatter/movement or feel out left out of the conversation. Similarly, make it clear when the event has ended so people do not wonder when it is time to leave.”
In this episode Building Together, the host of the What Makes Them Tip Podcast, Jeff Ford talks to TeamBonding's David Goldstein about having fun, team building, growth, and more.
“Giving people the ability to interact in a social environment while being completely safe has been a challenge that I feel we have met and succeeded,” Goldstein says. “Person-to-person interactions create fun and lasting memories while at the same time working toward a common goal.”
Team Building Saves the World’s first episode premieres April 6th, 2021, with future episodes coming out bi-weekly on Tuesdays, and can be found on any platform you listen to your podcasts on. Additionally, this year there will be video clips to go with each episode. The podcast will have an increased social media presence, encouraging listeners to submit feedback, ask questions that may even be aired! Join host Rich Rininsland as he takes you behind the scenes to discuss the road to live events, company culture, and insights from program developers, leaders, and professionals in the team building industry.
David Goldstein has had a truly fascinating yet very successful career. We are both opportunity junkies, so we discuss how when you're out there and living business, it is fun to see all the unique ideas you can come up with. David is a master of event planning, and a very cool person who has some great stories of "Serial Entrepreneurship" that he shares with us.
"Since the end of 2019, Boston-based TeamBonding has been offering a program dubbed “The White Privilege, Black Power Experience” to help open up those serious discussions that companies and teams should have."
Teambonding also offers baking and cooking team building activities centered around chocolate. In the baking challenge, guests are divided into groups and given a golden ticket containing their chocolate mission statement and target market segment. Each team has to create a box of chocolates for a section of the consumer market and develop a brand identity, marketing slogan, and packaging. Or try a Team Chocolatier workshop, where attendees learn everything from how to produce fillings like coconut, apricot, and framboise to tips on piping, shaping, and coating, along with package design.
TeamBonding has made its virtual experience as close to its in-person one by making the featured rooms extremely realistic, which in turn makes the stakes higher for many players.
"In our quest to defeat Zoom fatigue, we have a series of immersive events including our virtual escape rooms,” says David Goldstein, creator of opportunities for TeamBuilding. "These events pre-pandemic were a great way to bring people together, distribute strengths and share credit when working together to successfully escape the room. We've been able to recreate this feeling of competition and collaboration virtually and bring teams together, online."
TeamBonding ft. in NPR: How To Have An Office Holiday Party In The Pandemic The 2020 Holiday Office Party is looking different, with big in-person events a no-go, and most people working remotely. Listen to Yuki Noguchi from NPR interview TeamBonding's Founder & C.O.O. David Goldstein on re-creating Holiday Parties in 2020.
“Even though many of us can’t be face to face with coworkers right now, it’s important to have something fun to do together and to know that you can support each other,” says David Goldstein, the COO (Creator of Opportunities)
The event planning industry has faced a downward spiral due to the coronavirus pandemic, which in turn introduced the challenge of a competitive digital space. However, TeamBonding is rising to virtual success and is busier than ever with the launch of Virtual and Hybrid events totaling more than 1,100 since March.
In this new Podcast, Team Building Around the World, host Rich Rininsland brings you ideas, inspiration, and best practices from the finest team building leaders and professionals from around the world.