According to Pete Gnoza, Senior Sales Manager - Event Services for metroConnections, developing a special expertise in teambuilding exercises was a natural outgrowth for the firm, which provides complete services for meeting and event planners nationwide. He noted that during the last decade, many companies have streamlined their events and conferences, yet they still recognize the importance of activities that serve to build morale and teamwork. In response to this need metroConnections built a core expertise in a variety of unique team building concepts.
Following are three proven exercises:
Light Art Teambuilding: Each team takes position around a large light board (4-by-6-feet) that has a grid on the top. The teams are supplied with small colored tiles that fit in the grid to create images on the light tables. Then, each team must function in a creative environment, as they are asked to create a landscape on their light board. Once all teams have completed their landscape, the boards are displayed. Next, the team is challenged to work on a process-oriented task and create a predetermined image. Each team receives a grid that shows them where to place tiles and what color tiles to use. This requires the team to completely switch gears and formulate a plan. The team will need to assign roles, split into sub groups and work closely with each other to follow the pattern. When the teams have completed their grids, the light tables will be displayed and the images will come into focus.
“This teambuilding activity requires the team to work together in a variety of ways,” said David Graves, President of metroConnections. “The team must collectively agree on their vision and then work together to bring the vision to life.”
“Traditionally, our Playing Picasso event has featured a generic tropical scene or customized product image, but now we have a great option for our clients to make their activity more personalized. For instance, one of our groups gave a local spin on their activity by replicating a mural of a city skyline originally created by a local artist. Smaller canvases are more cost efficient and also allow companies to keep and display the art they created (if they desire),” said Stacy Fantauzzi, Event Services Account Manager for metroConnections.
Wheelchair Build: Structured like our classic Garage Wars Bike Build, teams compete to create the best built wheelchair. Small groups work together to answer a series of questions to earn “bucks” to purchase wheelchair parts. Once all required pieces have been earned and wheelchairs have been assembled, they will have to run through the obstacle course to become eligible for inspection. After teams create a custom license plate and take their chance at earning a piece of flair, final judging will take place in which teams will be rated on quality and creativity.
“This new twist on the bike build concept allows corporate groups to give back to a different sector than what has typically been done in the past. Most recently, this was done with a group in the Twin Cities where the wheelchairs were donated to a local nonprofit organization. The day after the event was over, the wheelchairs were on a truck making their way to a hospital in Jamaica,” says Sydney Wolf, Event Servies Coordinator for metroConnections.
The metroConnections team strives to offer fresh and exciting teambuilding concepts that appeal to all kinds of groups, many of which can be customized to a company’s specific meeting or event needs.
“As there are many factors to consider, such as personalities, timing and takeaways, our clients appreciate our expert opinion on incorporating the perfect activity into their agenda,” said Graves. “Go online or contact one of our teambuilding specialists to learn more!”