In this series of articles we take five minutes to chat with a member of the TeamBonding team so you can get an idea of the sort of people we are.
In this installment we talk to Kristin P., our new client relations coordinator, about her surprising ability to quote a classic late night comedy show and who (or what) she must have been in a past life…
How long have you been here?
I’ve been with TeamBonding now for just over two months – two months and four days, if we’re counting. Word of the company got to southern New Jersey and that was it for this Jersey girl. Two weeks after my hire date, I was moving into an apartment right outside of Boston, my favorite US city.
What got you started in events and client relations?
Like the majority of college freshman, I had no idea which career I was supposed to choose. I went from physical therapy to art history and finally to hospitality and tourism – all over the map. There were two qualifications for my career field of choice: I had to be working with people, and I had to be working in a creative environment.
My background in events is one that I consider myself very fortunate to have. Having been an event coordinator at two very unique venues in southern New Jersey, one being the only art museum in SNJ and the other modeled after a Georgia-style mansion, I am lucky to have been a part of many beautiful events – from corporate events to conferences, weddings to holiday parties, opening receptions to galas and fundraisers.
What I enjoy most about the event world is the drive, and the challenge, behind wanting to satisfy each and every one of your clients. You are not only “planning,” but you are creating memories. A career in events is perfect for anyone who enjoys working with the public one-on-one, is known for solving puzzles at record times, has an ounce (or two) of patience, and has not only an open mind, but a creative one as well!
What is your favorite place in the world to be?
I could never live far from water. I’m in love with the crashing of waves, a bay view of a city skyline, the sun kissing my face, and the sand tickling my toes. I couldn’t imagine a better way to pass time than to spot shells in the sand or watch the sun set along the horizon. In a past life, I’m pretty sure I was possibly a fish, a sailor, or a mermaid. Let’s say mermaid for now!
Do you have a favorite food?
Born and raised in Cape May county, SNJ, and then having relocated to Boston by choice, it’s no surprise that seafood is my favorite cuisine! I don’t think I could choose just one item off the “creatures of the sea” menu and crown it my favorite, but lobster would be a close first!
One of my favorite first experiences with the TeamBonding team was a traditional clambake. From steamed clams to whole lobsters and New England clam chowder, I could relive that lunch every day. Though I have a whole lot of pride for my hometown, nothing compares to a Maine Lobster!
Something people may not know about you:
Though I can sometimes come off as rather serious and even shy at times, I’m actually full of laughs and pretty darn gutsy! I don’t look it, but I’ll surprise you with my sarcasm. And I quote Saturday Night Live skits on a daily basis…
Last month, I ran my first half marathon, and this month I’m running in two obstacle course 5k’s. This is my first big attempt at running, but I’m loving it so far! Next month, I’ll be starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and sometime this year, I’ll be visiting Iceland and hopefully a few other Scandinavian countries! All new adventures I’ve never experienced before!
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!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
When it’s summer time, head outside to enjoy the rays and blue skies. DYI (Do it yourself) outdoor team building is a great way to learn new activities while surrounded by fun company and building strong bonds.
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively in order to work effectively. (more…)
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