….but what do you want? - a team building day or training day or both and which supplier do you choose?
Team building is a great way to facilitate bonding with your team members, reduce employee stress, and give them the chance to get to know one another outside of the office. The session, all be it a half or full day, can be fun and serious.
The Training session should be interesting and focused, ideally with measurable outcomes.
This leads rather neatly onto two separate questions:
1. How do you find ideas for a great team building or training session?
2. Who do I turn to and who do I use?
Thankfully the internet is at hand and you’ll probably start with a Google search for "team building or team training ideas" and stumble upon a website in Adwords, or if you are diligent on the top one third of the page after the paid for Ads.
A word from the wise, a little work at this stage might save a lot of time later. Are the companies you have selected specialists in what they do and can I easily call them?…Ideally your selected company or companies will have a meet the team page and a landline number…have a look over the team page and check that you want these people to represent you, after all on the day if the selected company turns up late, the equipment is old and tatty and the event staff are not particularly pleasant - how is this going to reflect on you and your profile in front of your team?
When calling the representative that you speak to should be polite, helpful and knowledgeable. Here at EML Team all the sales staff are seasoned event managers with hundreds of events under their belts, they all have at least two training tools that they facilitate on a regular basis (MBTI, Belbin or Everything DiSC) - they are experts in their field…. This is the calibre of person whom you should be able to speak to when you phone your chosen provider.
More often than not you will also be wondering about the best venue to us as well. As will all things there are usually a wide range of venues and prices - the choice is obviously up to you but consider the following elements:
- Convenience for the majority of the team?
- Suitability – is the venue really suitable for what you need?
- Cost and what is included in a Day Delegate Rate?
- Does the venue reflect the day…. Will the team feel invested in?
A company like EML Team has over 17½ years’ experience in the provision of team building, training and events which all together form parts of an Off-Site day and in the majority of cases they have advised on venues and/or sourced the venues so in this area they are also experts with a tremendous amount of experience.
Your chosen provider should listen to your requirements and give professional and concise ideas for you to consider… ultimately the right activity / event / training should save you time and energy and meet all of your objectives.
Jon Huggett, Co-founder and Director, EML Team