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Month: February 2013

There is almost nothing funnier than watching someone try to move a cookie from his or her forehead to his or her mouth using nothing but facial muscles.  Go ahead, grab a cookie from the kitchen and try it in a mirror.  Tilt your head back and, without using your hands, get it moving.  It’s genuinely challenging, unusually fun, and just one of the many wacky tasks groups might get to take on when they do our A Minute 2 Win It program.  Get a taste of some of the others, which all use household items to set up a surprising challenge, in this energetic video!

admei2013kickoffFrom the moment we ran our high-tech scavenger hunt for the world’s foremost Destination Management Companies at the ADMEI conference in Montreal, glowing feedback has been popping up online.  Here are a couple:

Jill Tate from Boston’s Corinthian Events wrote “SmartHunts® are so much fun! Opening with a SmartHunt® executed by Best Teambuilding, we were forced to make fast friends, explore Montréal (in beyond frigid temperatures) and bring back school supplies and warm clothing to be charitably donated.”

Padraic Gilligan, Vice President of Industry Relations at MCI and Vice President of Ovation Global DMC, MCI’s destination services division, called the SmartHunt “a brilliantly conceived scavenger hunt” and recommends it highly as “a great event and one that can bring immense value to a corporate or association event.”

We’re proud to prove to event specialists that our stellar programs make their jobs easier and their clients happy – and we’re glad they had a blast participating in our SmartHunt!

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You’ve probably never seen members of your team in cowboy hats, wearing first-place medals, posing for pictures, and laughing like they’ll never stop.  Well, that’s exactly what you will see when Best Corporate Events brings our spicy and exciting Chili Cook-Off program to your meeting!  Delicious food, collaborative creativity, and a whole lot of fun jump-start your group to brand new team building heights: check out the grins on the faces in this video!

“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” -Mother Teresa

Sometimes it’s one little gesture that makes all the difference. We were reminded of this recently when one of our Managing Partners, Dyanne, shared this sweet story with us:

While facilitating a successful 350-person Build-a-Wheelchair® and We Care for Kids™ combination program, Dyanne got to spend time with the corporate client, a “super nice, super pregnant lady named Renee,” she reports.  Because they were slated to build 35 bears to donate but the parts come in lots of 6, there were materials enough for a 36th.

“I had my staff make the last teddy bear,” says Dyanne with a smile, “and we gave it to Renee for her new baby.  She was very touched.”  In the midst of some visible generosity (the wheelchairs were donated to veterans and the teddy bears to deployed soldiers’ children), we know this quieter generosity had huge impact as well.  We’re proud to make positive impact in ways both big and small – and we value our person-to-person relationship with each of our clients!

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This past weekend in Montreal, hundreds of the world’s top Destination Management Companies gathered at the ADMEI conference, and we here at Best TeamBuilding and Corporate Events were delighted to host the kick-off for the entire weekend: our high-tech, fun-filled team building program SmartHunts®!  It proved the perfect way to introduce attendees to one another, to the venue, and to the surrounding area.

Fourteen teams of DMC executives braved the cold weather (with wind chill, it was well below zero) to explore highlights of the historic city and take part in a wide variety of challenges, all led by our proprietary SmartHunts app on Apple iPads along with our experienced facilitators.  Teams toured Old Montreal, The Underground City, Place des Art, Saint Catherine Street, and The Old Port, in addition to encountering Amazing Chase and A Minute 2 Win It-style stations along the way with customized event-related content.

Check out this video to watch those who plan incredible corporate entertainment be very entertained themselves by this world-class scavenger hunt, as they dance Gangnam Style, share personal stories, succeed at wacky physical tasks, face fun video and photo missions, and much more – all with unmistakable grins on their faces!  We loved getting to show these professionals just what the largest team building company in America can offer.

“It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Have you heard? The exit survey from last year’s incredible IMEX America trade show, where we debuted our 7-foot iPad to great acclaim, has revealed that as a result of the conference, $3.3 billion in business is expected.  This is a 17.5% increase from the previous year and a great indicator of the reported upswing in spending on corporate events, destination travel, and meetings.  Our team had an absolute blast meeting so many industry leaders at IMEX and look forward to a fruitful year based in part on those connections forged!

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If your group is looking for a unique activity that takes corporate social responsibility to a whole new level and improves employee morale, look no further! Best Corporate Events has taken all the best aspects of our exciting charity bike build program – ice breakers, trivia, hands-on building of a useful mobility tool for those less fortunate, test-driving, and heartwarming thanks from a representative of the recipients – and created a brand new twist; instead of bicycles for children, teams are making wheelchairs for mobility-impaired Americans.  Our expert writers and facilitators have crafted, perfected, and trademarked our Build-A-Wheelchair® CSR program, and it’s quickly become quite popular. Watch the fun video to get a taste of why!

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -Henry Ford

At the very end of 2012, IMEX offered up its predictions for the big trends in events, meetings, marketing, and incentive travel and we here at Best Corporate Events were delighted but not surprised to find that we are already ahead of the curve, implementing every single one of their predictions for what will be the popular best practices of the industry.

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How so? Well, we love meeting planners and DMCs face-to-face to show them our innovative website and trademarked programs, for a start.  And we’re ready to hop on the projected increasing numbers for attendance at corporate events with gamified fun, careful customization, our proprietary SmartHunts app, and a wide variety of socially responsible, charitable, and green options.  As the article states, this all culminates in building credibility and trust, and we couldn’t be more proud to be on the cutting edge, leading the industry into the future!

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