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Veritext Build-A-Bike Team Building in Las Vegas, Nevada

Veritext-Build-A-Bike-Team-Building-Las-VegasWhen Veritext wanted to find a way to spice up their convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, they contacted The Leader’s Institute® to make it happen! This bike team building event was for 100 participants and was held at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa at 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Away from the Las Vegas Strip, the Red Rock is a stunning resort. Participants finished off a day of meetings with a two hour Build-A-Bike® team building activity, where they had to complete challenges to earn specific bike parts, and then work together to build them. The Bill and Lillie Heinrich YMCA (4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107, (702) 877-9622 Map it) brought the kids who received the bikes. Chris McNeany has enjoyed working with Veritext before, and this event was no exception! He has also partnered with this branch of the YMCA before, as they are consistently reliable and find children who really deserve the bikes.

“Thank you so much for everything! You did a fabulous job and everyone loved the event…and, of course, the children made everything extra special. If you or The Leaders Institute ever would like a reference, please feel free to reach out.” – Valerie Berger, Veritext

It was another fantastic event. Thank you to Veritext and the YMCA for working with us at The Leader’s Institute®.

Chris McNeany
Chris McNeany is a Vice President and Instructor for the The Leader’s Institute®. He is based in Los Angeles, California, but he teaches classes in San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle as well.

Hot Chalk Build-A-Bike Team Building Event in Las Vegas, Nevada

Employees of the education technology company Hot Chalk gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada to get to know each other better and give back to the community by participating in a Build-A-Bike team building event.  Hot Chalk is an education-focused technology company that helps non-profit private universities get their degree programs online.  With offices in Campbell, California and Phoenix, Arizona, some of the participants in the team building event were meeting face to face for the very first time.  The 55 Hot Chalk employees from different departments and offices had a few short hours to get to know each other before the event began.

When the event started the employees were split into teams and given challenges to solve in order to get everything they needed to build a bicycle.  The challenges are designed to teach employees to work together efficiently and improve their teamwork and leadership skills.  During the course of the team building event the Hot Chalk employees saw firsthand evidence of how better communication and working together as a team, rather than individual departments, helped them to achieve their goals.  Hot Chalk has a great group of employees who had lots of fun working through the team building event, and got to know each other a little bit better in the process.

Of course the Build-A-Bike ® team building event wasn’t just about having fun.  Hot Chalk built and donated 8 bikes to the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas.  At the closing of the event the teams got to award the bikes to 8 lucky boys and girls.  Aside from teamwork and leadership skills, the team building activities also teach the value of giving back to the community.  The smiles on the faces of the boys and girls with their new bikes was a direct example of one of Hot Chalk’s core values of being focused on results.  

Hot Chalk president Edward Fields said, “I have done a lot of team building events over the years and this is the best team building event I have ever done.”

Thank you to all the Hot Chalk employees for making the Build-A-Bike ® team building event a great success!

Rocket Fuel blasts off with Build-A-Bike Team Event in Las Vegas, Nevada

Rocket Fuel held their annual sales meeting for over 70 of their employees in Las Vegas, Nevada recently and included a Build-A-Bike® charity team building that resulted in 14 children receiving bikes. Rocket Fuel is a digital media company driving campaign results from awareness to sales.

Like their name suggests, they seemed to be powered by rocket fuel and the sheer power to win! Competition is a normal part of a business culture as departments set goals for their teams to increase sales and grow. But when it starts to supersede everything else it can undermine communication and working as a team. It can be detrimental to the culture if it is not kept in balance. The exercises in the Build-A-Bike Team Building Program are a fun and effective way to show what it is like when this occurs. Fortunately, the energetic Rocket Fuel participants abandoned their competitive spirits and worked together to achieve the goals to have fun, build some bikes and learn a little about team building.

The activities culminated with the building of 14 bikes that were given to children at the Community Services of Nevada. In the heart of the Las Vegas strip, 14 happy boys and girls were the very grateful recipients. Even all the lights and the flash of the Vegas Strip couldn’t compare to the joy on the children’s faces when they received their bikes. It brought the meaning of giving and how much we can make a difference to someone else.

Symantec Build-A-Bike ® team building event in Las Vegas, NV brings energy and fun to annual corporate retreat

As part of it’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Symantec included a Build-A-Bike team building event to add energy and fun with a philanthropic component. Symantec has been helping consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world for more than 25 years. With more than 18,500 employees in over 50 countries around the world, they have become one of the largest software companies out there. This annual conference in Las Vegas was for 200 software engineers from around the globe.

Build-A-Bike is a fast-paced, high-energy workshop gives participants the opportunity to interact, compete and ultimately work together to solve a series of challenges. Due to our competitive human nature, there is typically some skepticism at the notion that the teams need to collaborate to solve the challenges more efficiently. But this group was accustomed to working together across lines, and they rose to the challenge!

By the end of the event, they had built 30 bikes! Local kids from the Boys and Girls Club of greater Las Vegas came at the end of the event to receive the bikes. There was not a dry eye to be found! In the midst of all of the opulence and extravagence of Las Vegas, Symantec helped children who don’t have their own bikes to have hope.

“This was an amazing event! Ellen and her team pulled everything together flawlessly. And the children coming in at the end – well, I could barely see through my tears! We’ll definitely do this again!” — Ariana Glinski, Symantec

Everyone likes to give back to the community, especially to kids in need. Including Build-A-Bike in your next conference gives your employees the opportunity to do just that while adding energy, enthusiasm and fun!

Best Cities for Annual Retreats and Team Building

Our instructors travel all over the world to conduct team building events for our client companies, and we each have our favorite locations to travel to and lead team building event. This list is not necessarily the “Best Cities” but they are the cities that we most like to travel to and teach in. We hope you agree.

  • Las Vegas, Nevada: Las Vegas is still an extremely fun and cost effective location to hold an annual convention or team building event. Hotel expenses are literally a half to a third the expense that you’d invest in other cities, and the huge casinos are like cities in and of themselves. Your team will likely never have to leave the casino and still feel like they have seen “it all.” Also, because the hotels and event planners are well seasoned, planning and delivering a world-class event is very easy and turn-key. More information about team building in Las Vegas.
  • Orlando and Miami, Florida: Orlando is probably one of the most popular convention cities in the world because of the great weather and famous attractions. Just like in Las Vegas, a great bonus is that the event planners and hotel staffs are well-seasoned and very easy to work with. Be sure to insert free-time into your agenda so that your participants can enjoy the resort-like atmosphere that most convention hotels in Orlando have. Miami is also very popular for similar reasons, but Miami is a little more tropical and “adult oriented.” Either location will give you a fantastic convention or team building event, but Orlando is a little more family-friendly. More information about Orlando Team Building and Miami Team Building.
  • Chicago, Illinois: The Navy Pier, The Magnificent Mile, and a nice compact city center make Chicago a fantastic place to hold your annual convention. In many locations, participants can walk to additional attractions and location, but a short cab-ride is also easy to find. Just like with the Florida location and Vegas, Chicago has a vast pool of great event planners, but because hotel space is a lot more limited in Chicago, your event will take a little more planning. A Cubs game is a nice bonus for visitors as well. The food in Chicago is impeccable as well. Whether you favor a Chicago Dog or Deep Dish Chicago-style pizza or a great steak, Chicago is a great place to gain a few pounds. More Chicago Team Building information.
  • San Francisco, California: San Francisco is a great place to hold a convention or annual meeting, but logistically, San Francisco can cause a few transportation challenges. Because of city politics, many of the big convention hotels are located outside of San Francisco proper (and also because of the high concentration of companies south of San Francisco in Silicon Valley. So getting your group from their hotel to some of the attractions can increase your total cost a little, but the hotels are still a great value compared to other major metropolitan areas. Attractions like the Wharf, Alcatraz, and Candlestick Park offer great outings for your group. San Francisco Team Building information.
  • Washington, DC: Although it takes a little more planning because of the congestion, Washington, DC is one of the absolute best places to conduct a convention — especially if your group favors a historical perspective. The city has a number of nice convention hotels and attractions galore. The city is easy to get around in via walking or cab rides as well. The major drawback to Washington, DC is the customer service. Unlike cities like Vegas and Orlando where, no matter who at a hotel you communicate with, you will always get a warm and friendly response and immediate service, in Washington, DC, So, you might have to make simple request more than once to get satisfaction, and the service may not be as fast as you might require. Information about Washington DC Team Building.
  • New York, NY: New York city is a fabulous place to hold a convention, because it is the center of economic activity and the home of Broadway and Times Square. The sites and sounds of New York can make any convention a memorable event. The city has three major airports and taxi-rides into the city are fairly inexpensive as well. The one major problem with New York as a convention destination, though, is the hotel rules. Most of the staff at the hotels have strict union rules that can cause a few challenges for the uninitiated. For example, the union rules demand that setting up a station at an event generate a minimum of two hours of labor for the waiters/waitresses, so you will often find a waiter standing next to your food or beverage station while you team is on break — not refreshing, but just standing — and then often pack up station early. As long as you know their rules, you will have fewer challenges, but a good, local event planner in New York is really worth it to you. New York Team Building information.

These are just a few of our favorite cites for team building, so this is, by no means, a comprehensive list. For instance, our home base in Dallas, Texas is a great place because of it’s central location and attractions. Orlando Team Building is also a great team building city because of it’s airport and great downtown area. Seattle, Washington is probably one of the most overlooked location to do team building, but has a lot of advantages. And, of course, Los Angeles and San Diego are fantastic team building locations.

Whatever location that you choose, make sure and contact one of our team building staff for details about delivering one of out world-famous team building events.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership Mixes Fun and Learning at Build-a-Bike in Las Vegas

Last month fifty Resort Managers from across North America came together in Las Vegas to have fun and give back to the community through a Build-a-Bike® team building event.  The goal going in to the event was to provide the participants with an opportunity to get to know each other in a fun environment with a charitable element.

fun and learningHow important is mixing fun and laughter in learning?  Laughter and humor are part of the human experience.  As human beings, we have the ability to laugh at others and ourselves, to make jokes, to add humor to situations, which are seemingly without humor, and to be absurd.  Humor is a part of everyone’s experience. Scientific research has shown some significant results concerning how humor can benefit the health of an individual.  Humor has been correlated to stronger relationships in groups, suggested to be a coping mechanism against adversity and even been shown to have significant effects on the physical health of a person.  A number of studies show humor also improves learning/retention of new information and creativity.

The Build-a-Bike ® provides a “fun learning experience,” according to Karen O’Keefe and is “an engaging fun event,” says Cherie Ordway.  Both of these Resort Managers found the value of having fun, while learning to be better teammates.

And let’s not forget eight children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas received new bicycles…

Fearless Presentations® Coaching Session in Las Vegas

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Fearless Presentations Coaching

We had a select group of people join us for our Fearless Presentations ® coaching session in Las Vegas in early December. One of our attendees traveled all the way from India to spend a couple of days getting one-on-one coaching from the CEO of The Leader’s Institute, Doug Staneart. All of the first time participants came from out of state (or country) to attend this one, but we did have a graduate coach come back for her third time. We are always excited to see our participant want to continue to grow!

For a Complete List of Upcoming Classes, Visit the upcoming presentation skills classes post. You can can click here for details about the Fearless Presentations ® class.

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