Meeting Protocol included a Build-A-Bike ® team building event for one of their clients during a conference in Atlanta, Georgia recently. They are an event planning company working with pharmaceutical companies exclusively worldwide. Their client was a small pharmaceutical company who had gathered their Medical Affairs team together for a conference. The Medical Affairs team was made up of doctors, nurses and researchers who are working as liaisons between the medical offices and the pharmaceutical company. It’s a widely scattered group (geographically) that doesn’t get to spend much time together, and they were hoping to use this event as a way to strengthen the bond between them and just generally have some fun together.
Build-A-Bike ® is a high-energy activity that uses a series of activities and exercises to get people to interact, play and compete with each other. Each exercise builds on the previous one, and teams get some gentle reminders of the importance of cheering each others’ successes, sharing information and materials, and communicating clearly. The Medical Affairs team was very energetic and creative! They met all of the challenges with enthusiasm and played hard.
They donated the 10 bikes built in the event to a local chapter of the YMCA in Atlanta that serves kids who are in a very low-income bracket. Just in time for the holiday season, these 10 bikes will go to make 10 youngsters have a lot to be excited about.
“Ellen was an AMAZING leader. Engaging a sometimes quiet group and keeping the energy up and motivating.” –Jennifer Spinks, Meeting Protocol
Teams that play together often work harder and more effectively together. Consider including a Build-a-Bike team building workshop in your next conference as a great way to give your team that opportunity. It will create a memorable and meaningful experience for everyone.
Ellen Patnaude is Vice President of Instruction for the Northeast region. She is based in Detroit, Michigan, but she also teaches in Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toronto, Baltimore and other Northeast cities.