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Short & Sweet: Effective Team Building in Seconds

Team building is a proven method to boost morale and develop better communication in the workplace, however a 2012 study revealed that some team building activities may actually be counterproductive because they inflict peer embarrassment or test employee comfort levels. While growing franchises like Dunkin’ Donuts, Anytime Fitness and Subway are heavily spending on team building activities, you don’t have to break the budget to build morale. We have composed a list of activities that can easily be incorporated into a weekly business meeting or regular regroup.

No. 1: Back-to-Back Drawing

Have a problem with communication? Need to explain the importance of better directions? This is the game for you! Pair off your team and have each person in the pair sit back-to-back. One person will receive a picture of a shape, the other will receive a pen and paper. The person with the picture of the shape must describe the shape without actually saying what it is while the other person draws it. When finished, each pair should compare their drawing and consider how they worked together and where they could’ve communicated better.  

No. 2: A Truth & a Lie

This is the perfect activity should you have newcomers or if you want your team to welcome a new employee. Go around the room, introduce yourself and say one fact about yourself and one lie. The group then has to identify which is the truth and which is the lie. This is a great ice breaker and encourages group communication and creativity.

No. 3: Opposites Attract

This game is perfect for a team that’s just getting used to one another and is effective in just two to three minutes. The group is given a list of characteristics, and then instructed to find people that have different characteristics to them. For example, different gender, different height, different marital status, etc. This is an informal way to break down perceived barriers and encourages easy conversation.

No. 4: Tooting My Horn

Have you had a bad day? Is your team going through a tough patch? Has a team member just been let go? This is a great way to remind your team that they are valued and a vital part of an organization. The group is separated into pairs and then each player has 15 seconds to tell their partner ten things they do well. Each person then has to make two lists: one should be a list of ten things they do well professionally, and one list of things they do well personally. The goal of the game is that they should put these lists in a common place where they can re-read the lists and remember just how worthy they are! According to a study, after 21 days of reading the lists each day, the person will have a greater sense of confidence and pride.

No. 5: Have a Ball!

This is a fun game for a sales environment and can boost energy levels in an office. Use a ball, and agree upon a particular event, maybe a sale or a common question. Each time someone makes a sale, they throw the ball to another team member as a signal of success. This generates team acknowledgement of a particular event and connects team members.

As you can see – just a few moments can generate an upbeat and changed atmosphere. Team building exercises, while they sometimes have a negative connotation can be short, sweet and equally effective – all while not breaking the bank.

 


Forum Events Kicks Off the 4th with Team Wars!

The Forum Events team took just a few moments out of their office event planning duties to participate in a fun round of team building exercises for a cause. Located in sunny Sarasota, the team paused for some good ol' challenges in honor of Independence Day. The office is divided, with Forum originating in the UK - many of our staff are english, therefore it only seemed fair to play in true revolutionary war style - the red coats versus the blue coats! 

Teams competed in a build-a-bike competition. Each team was given a children's bicycle in a box with tools and had to race to build the bikes. Although it's up for debate who finished first, the bikes will go to Forty Carrots, a local charity focused on developing children and their families. The organization is dear to the Forum Events team as Forty Carrot's parenting school, preschool and professional training center greatly impacts all aspects of the Sarasota community.

The team then took to an equally divided hot dog eating contest. Again, the winner is up for debate but there were no hard feelings at the patriotic catered lunch that followed. 

We hope everyone enjoyed the fourth of July weekend safely and are back to making business better this week! Looking forward to meet everyone at upcoming events, 

Patriotically,

The Forum Events Team

               


10 Sizzling Summer Team Building Ideas

Team building refers to a wide range of activities, presented to businesses, schools, sports teams, religious or nonprofit organizations designed for improving team performance.

Let’s insert some fun into that definition now. Summer is in full swing which means we’re all looking for a reason to escape the office and score some sunshine. We looked high and low to find some of the most exotic and fun summertime excursions for your company.

1. Sailing in the City, Manhattan

 

Companies get a hands on team building experience on the water with Halcyon Sailing. Groups of up to 24 can enroll in a sailing course and then race in sail boats from the New York Harbor to city landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. The full day, water-bound experience lasts two hours and is followed by a celebratory champagne toast.


2. Reaching New Heights, New Mexico

 

Corporate groups of 15 can reach new heights in New Mexico with the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. Along with Adventure Partners, Four Seasons is bringing guests a scenic experience on foot. Guests take route up the Windsor Trail where they reach the top of one of many summits for inspiring views.

 

3. SWAT it out, Sarasota, FL.

 Many local areas offer similar activities like this. It’s a full day tactical obstacle course for corporations hosted by Sarasota’s local Sheriff’s office. The course is all physical and teaches teams to use military-style methods in a fast-paced environment. Team-building includes a hostage rescue, downed officer event, ladder scramble and a zip line over the waters. Better yet? It’s all benefiting the local Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.


4. Lost and Found, Colorado

 

What better than being lost with your team of coworkers and venturing on a quest back to humanity? Get the full on quest experience with your team at Hotel Madeline Telluride. Teams must find flags using two-way radios, GPS units, maps and verbal and written clues. The expedition is for groups of all sizes.

 

5. Revving for the Team, Various Locations

 Maybe you have a boss who’s a car enthusiast? This will rev his engine as teams reunite on the tracks. Brought to you by the Exotic Driving Experience, groups can turn the ignition on camaraderie as they speed in exotic racing cars. There are rewards and incentive programs for large groups. For some good old-fashioned office laughs, invest in the in-car video.

 

6. A Team that Swims Together…, San Diego

Get beautiful once-in-a-lifetime views of San Diego bay at night with the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina! Teams of 10-20 are led on a guided tour through San Diego Bay on LED-lit paddleboards. After the tour, guests head to a camp fire for drinks and traditional Hawaiian-style storytelling.


7. Corporate ‘Ohana,’ Waikiki Beach, HI

The blue waters of Waikiki Beach are perfect for companies looking to inspire a sense of ‘ohana.’ The Royal Hawaiian offers a team building experience that puts guests in traditional style canoes and teaches them to race through the turquoise water. Each team member has a different role and the group must work together to move ahead.

 

8. Flash Mob Mayhem, Various Locations

 

A lasting experience that requires long-term preparation for large teams. Teambonding has developed a program for corporate flash teams all across America. This activity requires unparalleled communication, spirited energy and shared experience. Every program is customizable and is perfect for lightening up retreats and conferences.


9. Shopping Around, Seattle

 

Who doesn’t love a fresh farmers market? Who doesn’t love a challenge? The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is unrolling a new activity called Market to Art. Teams of 10 head to the historic Pike Place Market where participants are split into teams of two. Each team is given $60 and 30 minutes to buy ingredients for one of five courses for the evening’s meal. Chefs at the Four Seasons then work to prepare the dishes and each team presents there “plate.”


10. Voted Off the Island, Various Locations

You’ve been voted off the island and sent back to the office! Corporate Survivors is brought to you by TeamBonding. It’s just like the Survivor television show but is 100% inclusive – teams work with their teammates through various challenges, each requiring a different skill. This challenge is perfect for annual meetings, company outings and project kickoffs.

We want to know how you build your team during the summer months! Email us at media@forumevents.com with your best ideas and past experiences! 

 

 

 


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