The phrase 'thinking outside the box' is synonymous with novel, creative thought. It's become both a memorable catchphrase and a cliched way to look at problem solving and it drives a lot of mainstream thought behind team building.
This is why the majority of team building companies craft all kinds of ways to get your group outside their comfort zone and literally outside their workspace (their box).
Earlier this month, we were proud to complete our biggest Playschool Playscapes give-back EVER!
Our client, Cisco Systems, was keen on including a team building program that gave back to the local community within their conference. We were so happy they chose our program, and were pleased to welcome nearly 300 conference participants to the beautiful Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to participate in building Buddy Benches.
Last week I was honoured to be a guest panelist on #EventIcons alongside Sydney Wolf and host Alex Plaxen. If you missed it, you can stream it now anytime and get additional resources by clicking here!
In doing the prep for our episode, the first question I was asked was 'is team building dead?'. I was very taken aback at this since innovative team building is a cornerstone of our business at Engagement Unlimited and experiential activities are very en vogue right now - so I would give that comment a big N-O.
The recent findings surrounding workplace engagement are absolutely staggering.
In the last 5 years, there have been countless studies that prove the value of actively engaging employees, like this one from the Institute from Employment Studies: A 1% increase in employee engagement can generate a 9% bump in Sales. Or this one from Mental Health America: Disengaged workers cause massive losses in productivity – between $450 and $500 billion a year.
If you belong to PCMA, you already have a built-in desire to create engagement. Whether you know it or not, engagement is one of your main methods of judging the success or failure of your events. What planner isn’t thrilled to hear the roar of an engaged group? Who doesn’t want to see new and deeper bonds created in their teams?
For as long as I can remember I have loved events and they have always been a big part of my life. Once I finished high school it became obvious my career path would be in the Events Industry. Now with an Events and Conventions Management Diploma, hundreds of volunteer hours and only 2 classes away from completing my Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree (Events and Festivals Major); I have broken into the Events Industry and I owe it all to PCMA-TRU.
What kind of impact does music have on how your participants learn and engage? A bigger one that you might think.
In fact, when our clients have dry (but crucial) information to get across, when they want to recognize their participants or employees for their achievements, or when they want to create an impactful, experiential moment - music is the tool we turn to. And it’s proven by science -
My session “The Power of Play,” explores how play is a super power that turbocharges both our brains and our bodies. One of the easiest ways to be 100% present, mindful, and engaged is simply to start incorporating play into your life. It sounds ridiculous because playing is…playing. It’s not like “Gah, the doctor says I’ve got to play more. Crap!” (sadly, some people will think exactly that…which is a pity).
One of the most eye-opening, inspiring, and valuable projects we ever worked on was called “Critical Conversations”. It was a custom role-playing excised we created for a construction company who had huge issues around communication.
I was asked by PCMA to give a session on How Storytelling Turbocharges Event Engagement for Educon this year. This is a topic that is woven through the work we do with meetings, events, and within teams for our clients at Engagement Unlimited, but we had never fleshed it out into something that could stand alone before.
This course is for all types of leaders - not just the traditional CEO/C-Suite/Manager positions. This course is for YOU - parents, teachers, coaches, spouses. For all kinds of leaders across all walks of life.
The ultimate goal of passionate event professionals is to create a program that is not only incredibly valuable for participants and stakeholders, but also a truly transformational experience for all.
Adding meaning, whether it be connecting to the objectives in a visceral way, connecting with a destination, or connecting with each other, is a surefire way to keep your attendees coming back year after year and staying engaged with your meetings. Here are 10 ways to create more meaning at your next event:
Yesterday, our team hosted an amazing team building and CSR morning with Tourism Vancouver and our TED Press Tour guests at the beautiful Loden Hotel in Vancouver.
Our media guests had spent most of the week experiencing what it was link to be a true Vancouverite - with everything from cycling around Stanley Park (in the pouring rain!) to dining at iconic eateries like the new Botanist Restaurant in the Fairmont Pacific Rim. What better to cap off their Vancouver adventure than to give back to the community that hosted them?
Incorporating engaging entertainment is one of the easiest ways to promote networking, lock-in learning, and create a truly transformational experience for your attendees.
Why then is entertainment often perceived as risky, under-valued, and irrelevant to program planning? This is because most programs don’t align the biggest objectives (impactful education, amazing networking) with the one element that can boost them both: a playful, inclusive attitude.
Earlier this week, we were proud to launch the second in our ‘Playschool Playscapes’ line of team building give-back initiatives: Buddy Benches.
Following the success of Mud Pie Kitchens for Kids (launched in January 2016 at PCMA Convening Leaders), Buddy Benches were inspired by a session given by Vancouver Convention Centre’s Claire Smith, who spoke about their success at this year’s GMID (Global Meetings Industry Day)