Paul

Director of Facilitator Training

The Team Building Team

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 Paul, one of our most requested facilitators, about building teamwork, meeting the goals of the company and his secret weapon…

TeamBonding’s Favorite Facilitator Paul Giroux, Building Teamwork Through Game Shows

As our most requested event facilitator, Paul Giroux has not only mastered the art of building teamwork through fun, but he is also able to customize events so they achieve the wide-ranging goals our clients envision our programs delivering.

Recently he managed to host four events in one 24-hour period, a feat never before accomplished by a TeamBonding facilitator.

We caught up with him just as he landed in the Dallas airport to host several Texas team building events.

Why do think you are such a favorite among TeamBonding clients, particularly with “Game Shows“?

Planning, organization, hard work, and most importantly quick wit. I’m able to quickly build a rapport with the participants and that means I can work off people’s responses or lack of responses. This gets them excited and engaged, so people have a great time.

That’s what counts, making sure people have a good time. I know that these events are designed for building teamwork but I would also imagine that companies have a goal in mind for their events. Can you tell me a little about that?

Sure. The events we host are all designed to focus on building teamwork, morale and communication among co-workers. But companies may also have a pretty wide array of goals in mind for these events and they often use these events to mark an occasion.

Morale boosting is certainly behind most of those goals, but companies also use them to mark a successful year-end or to kick off a new year on a high point. They also plan these events at the launch or end of a product, to encourage employees to meet one another, when pulling together a new product team, and even to help in training.

How does a game show or an event focused on building teamwork help with corporate training?

Well, one client had their employees attend sales and product training for a week and then used a game show event to test them.

When I met with the managers before planning the event and learned what they wanted to achieve, I customized the game show format with questions that were all about the training sessions. The game show helped the company make sure that their training was effective and the employees had a great time, so it was a win-win.

David tells me that you once managed to host four events in 24 hours. How exactly did you pull that off?

Well, the stars had to align just so to make that happen! Actually, my team had to be incredibly organized. They set things up for a later event while I was hosting an event, and luckily I got from one to the next without a hitch.

Usually, I like to arrive on-site about two hours before an event but that day I was walking in just about half an hour before each event started. It was definitely a busy 24 hours.

What events did you host that day?

They were all game shows.

Did that make a difference in helping them all come off successfully?

Absolutely. These events usually run about 90 minutes to 2 hours, so that made planning a bit easier.

So I would imagine that meant you had to be on your toes and high energy throughout all of those events. How did you manage that with so many scheduled in such a short period of time?

5 Hour Energy is a secret weapon! But once you get to an event, especially a game show, and you pull together the set and people arrive, the energy just begins to flow and it’s contagious.

People in general love game shows, so when they see a set that reminds them of Jeopardy or Family Feud they get excited and know that they’re going to have a lot fun.

I bet! I know I would enjoy that. Did you manage to get any sleep that day?

No, but I caught up on it the next day.

It sounds like you love your job. How did you end up in this line of work? I know I never read about hosting events focused on building teamwork or hosting corporate game shows from my high school guidance counselor.

I do love my job. Every day at TeamBonding is different. I actually own a corporate entertainment company and at an event one night I met David. I started doing game shows and have just hosted more and more different programs over time. After nine years with TeamBonding, I’m enjoying it as much as I did when I first started.

 

Game shows are Paul’s specialties, but TeamBonding also has dozens of other events and facilitators.  We can meet your Team Building needs no matter how outrageous they are!

 

Our Team 〉

Plays well with these activities.

Sign up for tips on crafting the perfect team.

Less drama? Greater productivity and job satisfaction? Yes, you really can make an impact, and TeamBonding is here to help. Subscribe to our blog for useful tips, tricks and insights.

More great content based on your likes.

For the 6th Time, TeamBonding Named in Inc. 5000

For the 6th Time, TeamBonding Appears on the Inc. 5000 List! Ranking No.4,516 With a 3 Year Revenue Growth of 70%. TeamBonding has earned a spot on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Ranked at 4516, this marks the sixth time TeamBonding has been named to the reputable and exclusive list.

Read More  

COVID-19 CDC Safety Guidelines for Safe Events

To protect your health and peace of mind, we have implemented policies to follow CDC guidelines so you can focus on building your team. We have over 100+ corporate team building activities either online, in-person, or a hybrid of both, we facilitate everything to ensure it all runs smoothly, and safely. All events are customizable to meet your teams’ needs and boost engagement, communication, and productivity.

Read More  

The Future Is Flexible: Benefits of Workplace Flexibility

Flexibility in the workplace is more than allowing your employees to take an hour off for a doctor’s appointment. It’s about giving your team a choice of how, when, and where they want to work. 

Read More  

Upskilling Employees: 5 Strong Reasons to Invest in Employee Development

Upskilling focuses on helping existing employees improve their skills, or learn new skills, for their current positions with the company. 

Read More  

How to Honor and Celebrate Memorial Day

Memorial Day has a different meaning for everyone. Oftentimes, people use this day as a celebration for the arrival of summer. Cookouts, family reunions, and a 3-day-weekend are all a blast but they can take away the importance of what the day truly signifies. While you celebrate good food and loved ones, don’t forget to honor and celebrate the brave men and women who have died fighting for our country.

Read More  

7 Benefits of Organizing Corporate Retreats (Example Events Included)

Without face-to-face communication, it is easy for employees to feel isolated and unmotivated. Occasional team meetings and conferences are not enough. 

Read More  

Questions? Need a quote?

Complete this form to get started or call 877-472-2725.

Loading Icon

Create Your Free Account

Get exclusive access to new programs from the TeamBonding Lab, save your favorite ideas, and track your upcoming events.
Already have an account? Login

Please wait...

Sign-in

Don't yet have an account?
Create a Free Account

Forgot Your Password? Password Reset