The Best Team Building Activities Create Experiences (Memories.)
The absolute best team building activities aren’t actually games or exercises. They are team building experiences that build teamwork and morale. By the way any activity can do this. However, there are a few team activities that are time-tested and audience approved and that also generate a fantastic emotional response from the group.
You won’t find any cheesy trust falls or visits to dude ranches in this list. This list of team building exercises was hand-picked by our team of professional speakers and facilitators. Your team will love them! (Uuhh, the events, I mean, but you’ll probably love our facilitators too. ;-))
How to Choose the Best Team Building Event for the Needs of Your Group.
With over 20 years of team building experience, we know that choosing the perfect team building activity can be a challenge. So, we create a series of questions that can help point you in the right direction.
- Will your team be meeting in-person or virtually? Many of your choices will be determined by how your team chooses to meet.
- How big is your group? How many people are you expecting? Large group activities are very different from small group activities.
- What Is the main purpose of team activity? Are you wanting to reward your team or have fun? Or is your team experiencing challenges? Different events create different outcomes.
- Do you want to include charitable activities to the event? Charity team building activities require more investment, but the emotional impact is worth every penny.
The Best Options for Small Groups (Under 30 People.)
One important thing to know about team building activities is that some activities work best for smaller teams. Other exercises work best for larger groups of people. For example, a gameshow style of activity can be really fun for a smaller group. The whole team can participate, and it will be a fun event for everyone. However, the larger the group gets, the more people will be viewing the activity and not playing the activity.
Charity team-building activities are another example of how the group size affects the satisfaction of the group. If you have 100 people participating in a philanthropic donation, the activity will be fairly cost-effective and the donation will be memorable. Do that same activity for smaller groups, though, and it will often be less cost-effective.
Here are a few of our best ways to build stronger teams if your group’s size is below 30 people or so.
By the way, if you are looking for fun icebreaker activities or free games to play with your group, visit this link.
If Your Team Is Having Challenges, or You Want to Build a Team Culture.
Sometimes, a team building activity isn’t appropriate for the situation. Team events and activities usually just intensify the culture already within a group. So, if you have a great team culture and want to reward your team, any fun team game may work. However, if morale is down or tensions are high, a team workshop might be a better choice.
Team workshops are classroom training sessions designed to create a behavior change. If you want to improve communication, build trust, or teach your team how to resolve conflicts, this sessions may be a good fit.
Workshops can be delivered in one-hour breakout sessions, half-day workshops, or 2-day seminars. You can also pair a workshop with one of our other team building activities to get both the behavior change from the classroom session and the fun activity to benefit a charity.
Not sure where to start? Try a team assessment to determine the strengths and weaknesses of your group as a team. Team Assessment that Creats a S.W.O.T. Analysis of your team.