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Team Building Opportunities Out Of The Office

Team Building Opportunities Out Of The Office

Think team-building opportunities must take place within the confines of your workplace or a stuffy, corporate conference hall? Think again. Come rain or shine, there’s plenty of opportunities to bond with your team away from the formal structure of the office. Corporate events don’t just benefit employees – they can help to build a great culture within your company and boost motivation too. Here are some team building opportunities out of the office ;

1.Organise a sports day

Inspired by Team GB’s Olympic success? Inspire your team and get them motivated by organising a sports day. You might be able to book a sports pitch for free; if not, an outdoor team-building exercise needn’t break the bank. Invest in some basic equipment (footballs, tennis racquets etc), pick a sunny day and enjoy an activity day together as a team. This event should help break down barriers between team members and encourage them to have fun and win together.

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2.White water rafting

What better way to escape from the stresses and strains of the office than a day out white water rafting. After London 2012, rafting has become more popular in the UK and it’s a great choice for a corporate away day. As well as a day of fun-packed water thrills, combine the day with breakfast and a BBQ lunch as well as some motivational speeches.

There are a number of places you can go rafting in the UK, most notably the Lea Valley White Water Centre. There’s also the National White Water Rafting Centre and Whitewater Active.

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3.Volunteering

Want to have fun and do some good at the same time? Then give volunteering a try. It not only benefits the community, it benefits your business too, it helps you develop a strong, inspired and committed team.

Whether you and your team volunteer at a homeless shelter, deliver gifts to a hospital, help with a local event or something else entirely, giving your time to support a cause is a great way for you all to bond. Try Employee Volunteering and Time Bank for ways into corporate volunteering opportunities.

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4.Learn a new skill

Whether it’s cocktail making, scavenging, cooking, DIY or something completely different, heading out with your team to learn a new skill and bond is a great idea. You could even make it work-based – if you’re an IT firm, why not run an afternoon course in coding? That way, you’ll all be having fun whilst learning something new and applicable too. Find courses here.

5.Have a karaoke night

Hey, why not? Even the most reticent of team members might drop their guards for this one! There are karaoke bars all over, but if you can’t find one, simply buy a cheap microphone and stick Spotify on. Sometimes, when it comes to team-building, it’s the simplest ideas that are the best. Heading to a karaoke bar for a few drinks and prizes could be the best way for your team to truly get on.

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6.Treasure hunt

Split your employees up into teams, give them an envelope with clues in it and off they go! Companies like Wildgoose and Chillisauce offer treasure hunt activities for corporate events, or you could organise one yourself pretty easily.

7.A spot of trampolining

If someone tells you they don’t like trampolining, they’re probably lying. Well, maybe. Encourage your team to embrace their inner child with a day out jumping up and down on bouncy things. It’s great fun and a good team-building exercise too!

There are more team building activities, that can build your team strong, but these are just a few to mention, why not try one out ?

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How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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