Sometimes team-building can be a complicated endeavor. You have people from all different walks of life, some old, some young, and some who are anywhere in between. It isn’t easy to get such a wide variety of people to work well together but, believe it or not, you can get them on the right track by using team-building strategies that take them off the job, if only for a day. Get them in the habit of networking with each other to achieve results, but do it in a way that’s fun. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Scavenger Hunt in Pairs
Here, you’ll need an even number of participants because you are going to pair them off. If you have that odd person out, get a volunteer to hide the treasures the pairs will be hunting the next day. The object is to hide things around the building or grounds and they need to go out in pairs in search of those objects. The pair that finds the most objects has learned to ‘network’ as their ideas will bounce off each other until they come up with a likely hiding spot. It’s fun and you’ll see your team laughing uproariously as some of the objects you have hidden will be a great prank.
Solve the Mystery in Escape Rooms
Even if you don’t live in Dallas, a trip to this amazing city on a team-building weekend is well worth the time, effort, and cost. One thing you MUST do in Dallas if you are teaching your team the value of networking is to spend a day at the Dallas Escape Room. These are mystery events where the team is ‘locked’ in a room until they solve the puzzle – the mystery, whatever that may be. The rooms are themed and with one of the most popular being a prison cell, it’s a place where two, or three, or four, or a dozen heads are so much better than one.
Timed Invention of New Words
Depending on how many participants you have, you can pair them off, group them in threes, fours, or even half a dozen per mini-team. Give them concepts and have each team invent new words to express that concept. You’ll be amazed at some of the creativity that comes to light while your teams invent new words for old concepts. Sometimes those new words might even make it into your marketing strategies. What a great way to have your teams network for ideas and it could very well turn out to be a profitable exercise as well! Your next marketing strategist just might evolve in the process!
These are just some of the ways in which you can bring your team closer together – and isn’t that what networking is all about? No man (or woman) is an island, and together, so much more can be accomplished. While competition is a good thing, working together for the common good is so much better. Give your team a much-needed break and see if they don’t work better together from this point on. You’d be amazed at just how successful team networking events can be.