Professional team building facilitators are concerned about the process and dynamics of your team building experiences. Hiring professional facilitators frees up all participants, including the organizers, to focus on the business objectives and the content of the exercises.
Professional team building facilitators can help you design your meeting agenda, ensure that ground rules are explained and followed, provide participants the opportunity to learn from each other, project themselves in a neutral position that encourages everyone of open up, work with the group to ensure equal participation, provide a buffer between the team and the participants, and manage space and time to ensure that you hit your targets. In short, they help create remarkable learning experience and make things happen.
The key is not to find a venue in a desired location, but to find the perfect venue that best suits your business needs. Most training managers do it wrong. They choose the venues first and then design their event objectives to fit the venue.
When you have chosen your desired location, short list a selection of venue options that will match all your requirements. This will help you negotatiate for the best rates too. I recommend also that you ask events professionals and team facilitators. They can give you unbiased recommendations.
For indoor team building, ensure a smooth transition from one activity to another. For outdoor options, consider space and safety.Find out more.
When I started conducting team building workshops nine years ago, I had to rely on my previous experiences as a participant in team building seminars. Like most facilitators, I googled for team building activities which are new and fun! And like most facilitators, I started the wrong way.
Today, most team building workshops in the Philippines are still game-oriented -- and very few of these games have anything to do with workplace experiences and team issues. Accidental trainers (managers, supervisors, HR professional, and individuals who have nothing much to do) can only pass on what they have learned from game-obsessed facilitators. Continue reading...