article featuring our very own Sam McNeill. Three industry leaders give their top 5 reasons you need team building in your 2016 conference agenda.
1. ROI should be your top priority - Effective team-building experiences should not just be about running around in 40 degree heat like a headless chicken, racing to win a cheap trophy or box of chocolates. When executed successfully, team-building should help organisations educate their attendees and communicate key event themes and messages, becoming an invaluable addition to any meeting or event. Nothing is more satisfying than when a former client tells me that years after working with SongDivision, they can still remember the chorus of the song they wrote with us.
2. Engagement is key - Benjamin Franklin once said, "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." Organisations can spend thousands of $$ on speakers and countless hours talking at their attendees, hoping that they take it all in like sponges when the reality is they are usually on their iPhones or falling asleep within minutes. Great team-building experiences engage and involve attendees in unique and unusual ways, making them purposeful and memorable.
3. Team-building can be a great leveller - SongDivision always encourage our clients to mix up participants, either randomly or for a specific reason (e.g. to get certain divisions working together more effectively). This means that the CEO might be grouped with the office receptionist, yet both are placed on a level playing field and given equal responsibility to deliver an objective. The outcome creates strong relationships between colleagues that may never have existed otherwise.
4. It really does build team - That sounds obvious I know, but as anyone who has ever played in a sports team or performed on a stage in front of hundreds of people will tell you. The right team-building experience will create a bond like no other.
5. It's fun - Well it should be anyway. While having fun might not be the top priority of your meeting or event, it is the key to real learning and take-aways. Think back to your favourite teachers at school. For me, they were the ones who made learning fun and interactive. We explain SongDivision as "Team building, heavily disguised as a rock concert!" Great team-building should leave attendees walking away with a huge smile on their face. Nothing makes me happier than hearing a participant say " I thought this was going to be another silly waste of time, but that was incredibly fun and something I thought I would never be able to do."