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How To Run A Successful Team Building Event | Corporate Entertainment 2022

Organising a big team building event is a very big responsibility. As a high-ranking executive of a company, you will understand how much responsibility will be in your hands. At Slightly Unusual, we have been hired to provide thousands of corporate entertainment to team building events across the country. From first hand experience, we understand what you need to make sure your event is memorable not just for the delegates but for everybody involved in the day.

How To Run A Successful Team Building Event | Corporate Entertainment 2022

The team building events should be fun but challenging at the same time. Today we are going to break down the ideas you can use to make sure your team event is well-planned, memorable and successful. Following these tips will ensure the difference between a successful and failure.

Set the Tone With An Inspiring Theme

The theme of your event helps telegraph the tone and purpose of your event. A simple title such as "The Fifth Annual Team Building Program" isn't exactly going to excite many participants. Go with something more intriguing and exciting like "The Best Illusionist Team Building" to captivate everyone's interest.

Prime The Pump For Full Participation

It's no good putting together an event when there's no one to turn up. Using internal communications will help get everyone interested and ready for the event. Use memos, bulletin boards, posters and internal meetings to arouse people’s curiosity. You might circulate a list of objectives and issues for the meeting. You might conduct a survey prior to the meeting, announcing actual results during the program. Find out the best way to spread the word.

Conduct The Event Off-Site

While there is nothing wrong with having your event take place on the work premises, it may be more ideal to conduct your event elsewhere. This allows your employees to get away from the workplace physically (minimising disruptions) and mentally (opening their thinking to new points of view). It's always good to get away from work and have a chance to relax. It separates the differences between being in work mode and being free.

Use A Mix of Energy, Enterprise & Entertainment

Stimulate interest and get involvement by using a full range of team building activities. You may have “hard work” sections with speeches about the future and workshops on current business problems. You may have “play hard” sections with team games and outdoor challenges. You may include social ingredients through mealtime activities, awards and entertainment. Be sure your range of activities are well-sequenced throughout the day and evening. Be especially careful to follow lunches with activity, and to end your program on a note of confidence and commitment.

Allow Enough Time To Process, Discuss & Apply

Allow enough time between each activity for discussion, learning and application back to the job. It’s better to have a full day with two team building games and enough time for discussion, than a “stuffed” day with three or four games with little time for reflection. The right timing helps prevent the event from dragging on but not conclude too quickly as well.

Use Photographs And Video To Extend The Program’s Impact

A picture speaks a thousand words. This is why you should hire a photographer and/or videographer to document your team building program. Give copies of photographs to participants after the event. Post the best photographs on your bulletin boards, in the cafeteria, or publish them in the company newsletter. If you put them up on your company’s website, then staff’s family members can view them from home. Have the videotape edited with music and some snappy graphics. Show this short but entertaining vignette at another company meeting, social gathering, dinner and dance, etc.

Get Personal

Make sure everyone sees the link between “group team building” and “individual actions” on the job. Have each person complete a commitment card, action planning list, personal promise statement or some other vehicle to ensure application of appropriate new behaviours. Closing a team building program by having everyone share their list is a good way to gain buy-in from individuals, and the entire group.

Reward The Organisers

Planning and preparing a team building program is a major undertaking. Be sure to give recognition to those who did the work “behind the scenes”. A small but thoughtful gift, given in front of everyone at the end of the program, will be appreciated and remembered. This in turn will strengthen your team for future team building events, allowing you to make the next event even better.

Secure Your Corporate Entertainment

Follow our tips and you will ensure your team building event is a success. Don't forget to secure your corporate entertainment as well. Slightly Unusual have been hired to perform at thousands of team events across the country. You can use the banner below to fill in an enquiry form on our website. Or call us on 0333 301 3001. We will provide you with a no obligation consultation.

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