Choosing the best team building activity for your next conference can be a nightmare. Just Google 'conference team building ideas', and be prepared for a nightmare as a million and one suppliers and experiences pop up!
This first stage of deciding that you want to include an activity or activation event into the conference agenda, is where you can either make your job of finding the right experience for the team an easy one, or an experience that will leave you shaking your head and distraught!
Make the wrong choice and it can turn out to be a very expensive and wasted 'learning opportunity'!
The very first question you need to ask the organising committee, (or yourself if you are organising the conference) is WHY you want an activity!
Take a step back and think about the end of the conference, what your goal is for the get together, and what you want your people to remember the most.
If you take the attitude the 'we do something every year and this year needs to more fun than last', then expect to be disappointed in the outcome!
There really needs to be a tangible outcome to what can be an expensive component of your conference agenda. Nearly every company organisation and team we work with experiences some form of dysfunction, or challenge in achieving the high performance goals they set themselves. This is where you should start!
Identify what these challenges are that you have with your teams, whether they be silo mentalities, individuals not being accountable for results, an issue with communication between departments or even management, maybe even a cultural issue that may be able to be addressed. The list is endless!
Team building activities are great opportunities that can help teams build cohesion and work through a host of common team issues. They are used as experiential tools to provide opportunities to establish new relationships between work mates, and at least begin discussions that can be continued back in the workplace.
Ask yourself the following questions when choosing the best conference team building activity...
1. IDENTIFY YOUR GOALS AND OUTCOMES FOR THE CONFERENCE
Begin with the end in mind. Stand back and look at what it is you want to achieve, instead of just focusing on the fun factor!
2. ASK THE TEAM WHAT THEY WANT TO DO
Get some buy in from key people in the team, and you might be surprised what they come up with. Don't put the blinkers on when it comes to identifying the type of team building activities you are considering, get some input from others!
3. THINK OUTSIDE THE SQUARE
Don't just rely on a Google Search to find a supplier. Put a brief together and contact two or three reputable providers and run your activity brief by them. You will soon realise if they can help you or not! Good team building activity providers will always be able to turn your ideas into reality. The ones who show some resistance more than likely don't have the business skills to identify a good learning opportunity for your team, or lack the creativity to make things happen for you.
4. ENSURE YOUR KEY MESSAGES CAN BE DELIVERED THROUGH THE ACTIVITY
Effective team building can deliver strong messages and themes that tie into a conference, and ensure participants walk away with a greater understanding of what the message means to them personally and to the team.
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