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Add Fun Team Building Events to Any Meeting

Fun Team BuildingBelow are a couple of quick things that you can do to add fun team building events to any meeting. Add Fun Team Building Events to Any Meeting.

Ask your team how they would describe most meetings around the office, and most likely (even if you are a really good leaders) you will still hear words like…
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It’s not your fault. We live in such a busy world that we often have to try to fit a bunch of information into a short period of time (or even worse, a long period of time). As a result, we begin to fall into what folks in the industry call “data dumping”. Below are a couple of quick things that you can do to add fun team building events to any meeting.

Add Fun Team Building Events to Any Meeting

  • Cut Down on the Content: A little content covered really well is much, much better than a lot of content that everyone forgets by the end of the day. I know time is short, but if you cover a little content in an energetic and fun way, you will create building-blocks with your team so that in future meetings, you can build on the past successes. If you cover a bunch of stuff, and your team only retains a small percentage of it, you will be frustrated as the retention drops over time.
  • Give the Team Free Time: If your team is booked for a convention or annual meeting, and they start at 7:30 AM and end at 9:00 PM, they will absolutely hate it (no matter how beneficial the content and the meetings are). If you have a jam-packed schedule, it doesn’t matter how many “fun activities” that you add to the agenda, they will hate the meeting. Instead of having every meal with the entire group, give them a per diem and let them get outside of the hotel. If you are at a resort, make sure and give them some time to enjoy the pool or the beach.
  • Speed Up Your Speeches: I know this goes against conventional wisdom, but the old tip to “slow down when you are in front of a group” is something you should always disregard. When you speak faster, you are pushing energy into the room. Think about the way that presenters on infomercials speak. Are they slow and methodical covering tons of data, or do they speak quickly and with energy and enthusiasm? The do the latter, because the faster speech and energy captures attention and holds the attention of the audience for longer periods of time.
  • Insert Professional Team Facilitators: The bigger your group, the more difficult it is to deliver a high-energy, fun team building event. So, it is a good idea to bring in a professional facilitor if the outcome is important. Limit the team activity to a couple of hours at most, and the group will be able to stay enthused throughout the entire time period. You’ll also want to schedule the fun event late afternoon and at the very end of your meeting if possible. If you schedule the team activity too early in the day, then anything that you do later in the day will seem pretty boring in comparison. If you schedule it too late, then the group will be tired and the energy of the event will suffer. Schedule the team activity as the last thing that you do, and your team will leave the event having the fun, high energy activity in the front of their minds. That warm feeling will transfer over to the entire meeting.

Do these things, and you will add fun and energy to any meeting!

To Gain Cooperation from Others, Show Enthusiasm and Energy

Enthusiasm is by far the highest paid quality on earth,
probably because it is one of the rarest; yet it is one of
the most contagious.
Frank Bettger


Have you ever noticed that the most successful people in just about any industry are the early risers?  Ben Franklin called this group of people the “Six O’clock Club.”  Franklin spent the first hour of his day planning the events of his day (to do this he invented the Franklin Planner) and reading.  He often claimed that the first hour of his day was the most important.  How does this relate to raising your own energy level?  We have a choice every morning when we wake up.  Do I want to hit the snooze bar a few times, or do I want to put some energy and enthusiasm into my day?

Frank Bettger, in his book How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling, said that if he had to narrow down to one thing why he has been so successful, it would be enthusiasm.  His enthusiasm was what moved him from a “second rate bush league making $25 a week” to the starting shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals.  His enthusiasm was also what transformed him from a washout in sales to the most successful insurance agent of his time.  Where did his enthusiasm come from?  He says that he didn’t have any enthusiasm in the beginning, but he faked it.  He acted like he was enthusiastic, and behold he was.  After a few successes, the enthusiasm came easy.

You have the same choice in your own life.  When a dirty job has to be done, jump in with lots of enthusiasm and gusto.  When you have a challenging project that no one else wants to do, you can use that project as an opportunity to get yourself noticed.

Everyone wants to be around people who are going somewhere.  The person who sets out to enthusiastically get to the next level will attract tons of followers.  Enthusiasm is contagious.

Take the advice of Franklin and Bettger and raise your energy level and the people around you will stop and take notice.


Week #3: Gain Enthusiastic Cooperation; Show Enthusiasm and Energy


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