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1 Increase your ROI 10 fold – We all know teams can be ‘clicky’ and/or bring grievances to
conferences. Well-chosen team-building should break those down, resulting in greater
engagement at the conference and increased productivity back at the office. It’s all about
your bottom line.
2 Save precious time and $ – team-building is often omitted due to tight agendas. But
when scheduled into allocated meal times your team gain valuable outcomes from a fun,
interactive welcome party, awards night, brunch or speedy lunch. Held onsite, meal dollars
are absorbed in the team-building budget, so it’s a win/win.
3 Interactive conference themes – Just being told what to do via PowerPoint is a sure-fire
way to disengage delegates. But if they creatively work together to bring their ‘war cry’ or
team focus to life, you know they’ll GET it. Team cooking events, tailored to the theme,
bring the heat of a kitchen and the workplace together.
4 Fun entertainment - Beat the pre-team-building groans and deliver a team event that is
100% engaging from the second everyone arrives. Enjoy music, vino and smiles all-round
whilst achieving a successful, and delicious, reward to enjoy together. Beats the ‘done-a-
million-times’ sit down dinner, welcome BBQ, workshop lunch or cocktail soiree.
5 Everyone’s a winner - Young, old, fit, tired, cynical or new employees? It’s hard to find a
team event where everyone feels part of the success. CEOs can effortlessly cook with their
executive team or a new graduate. With a relaxed atmosphere and scrumptious food –
team cooking creates an enviable squad. m
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 teams - 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 may 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.”
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