1. Make The Participants THINK
For all teambuilding activities and events the participants are set out to enjoy their day with various motives behind the reasoning in doing so. Alongside the enjoyable aspect of completing various challenges and having a good time, it is also important to ensure the participants are tested along the way through a multitude of varying challenges.
Challenges allow for the team to form a different dynamic, one that engages not only their brain but also in a social aspect through communication to solve a particular challenge whether it’s a question to answer, riddle to solve or hint to follow. In doing so, much more can be taken from an activity, whether it be improved group cohesion, newly formed relationships or a newfound knowledge through working with others in a more dynamic way.
2. Ensure The Participants Have a Good Time
In creating an enjoyable event there are several aspects that must be taken into consideration. One, as mentioned above is to make the participants think and another is to ensure everyone involved has a good time. In doing so a variety of challenges should be incorporated into an event varying from simple challenges to ones which require more thought or perhaps a skill factor.
Depending on the method of teambuilding used, whether it be a traditional method or a technological method will depend on what type of challenges can be created. With a technological platform it provides you with a diverse range of fun activities using a device which the majority of the population are now comfortable using. This can provide an instant buzz for the participants of an event by taking team selfies and also completing high-tech challenges with technologies such as Augmented Reality which really brings an event to life. These new developments incorporated into teambuilding activities provide the participants with experiences they may not have seen before and surely one to remember.
3. Use a Wide Array of Challenges To Engage Different Types of People
Across all walks of life we come across people with different opinions, mind-sets and interests which is what teambuilding is so good for, at blending these people together within a proactive and fun environment. Whether a teambuilding event is carried out amongst a corporate environment or not, it allows for different types of people to work together, figure out and complete challenges as a collective unit.
Alongside the collective efforts of a team within an event, it is also important to ensure challenges are focused on involving everyone and therefore designing challenges for people with different interests. The diversity of challenges included also encourages the participants to learn something new or gain a new skill from being an open minded person in completing a challenge on a topic or activity they may have not previously attempted.
4. Ensure the Different Teams Have Different Routes to Follow
In a treasure hunt type teambuilding event it is crucial to ensure all the teams involved have separate routes to take. From the start point to the end point may be several challenges to complete for example a series of photo and question challenges throughout a city centre. The primary reason for doing so is so that they cannot follow each other and easily find the challenges!
Ensuring each team in an event completes the challenges in a different order from each other makes sure that that each team takes their own path. This is also important from an event organisers’ point of view to create a structure to their event. By delegating routes for each team allows for the team event organiser to better track the teams’ progress in the sequence they must complete the challenges.
5. Testing is Crucial!
Testing a teambuilding event is crucial, especially if created on a technological platform. You can create an event with it seeming perfect but when you go to play it there may be some slight issues that you may not have anticipated. For this reason, it is important for an events’ success to test it before going live with a client.
In traditional teambuilding activities it is more simple to create an event and then play it out without testing, however when more integrated platforms become involved, more work is required. More work does not mean more difficult to produce, it simply means a greater, more dynamic experience to take away from the event for the participants.