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How To Organise Good Team Building

Feb 27, 2008
There was a time where team building meant everyone uncomfortably sitting in a circle and holding hands, in today's terms nothing could be further from the truth. There are an enourmous range of different events to choose from, ranging from the high impact energetic physically based to the high impact non energetic events but how do you really know which type is going to be suitable for your team?

When you are looking at your team, you may think initially that you have been given an impossible task, organising team building for a group that has different ages, different abilities and different job statuses is not going to be easy is it? Well actually it's a lot easier than you may think! Many different team events are specifically designed to appeal to more than one type of person, formed from many smaller elements and challenges, it's quite possible to organise an event that has something for everyone in it.

You really need to have a detailed discussion with an events company. You need to be able to tell them what your objectives are, they could be business based or they could be just for fun but if you don't communicate them to the company, then they are not going to be able to guide you in the right direction. You need to think about how long you want your team building to last. Is it an afternoon or full day? If it's a full day then make sure there is plenty of opportunity for rest, you don't want people becoming exhausted, this would have a negative effect.

Think about if you want an indoor or outdoor team event. What time of year it is and if the type of event that you are thinking of hosting is appropriate. An It's a Knockout style of team event is fantastic, it's fun, it's fast and it's very, very wet, all of these types of events have such a huge impact but would it really work well in November or February? Inflatables could be fun but when you start mixing the wet element in an already very cold time of year, you have a recipe for disaster and undoubtedly your team would be very unhappy and reluctant to take part, not the type of team building you want to encourage! Your events company will be able to advise you if an event you are considering is suitable, you are not expected to know all the pro's and con's, this is what they are there for!

Apart from the actual activity itself, two very important elements to consider carefully are the venue and the date. It's vital that you have a venue that can actually accommodate the team building, so please check with the venue. It may be that the activity has to fit in with a pre arranged conference, tell the events company what venue you are at and they should be able to advise you. If the focus is on the activity, then it would be best to choose the event first and then book the venue to suit.

Dates are crucial, make sure that you have already done your research with your team and that you have a couple of dates identified that can optimise attendance for the team building.

If you consider all the points we have highlighted, then you should be well on your way to organising not only a good event but a fantastic team building session!
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Shaun Parker is an expert on Team Building Events

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