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Month: January 2020

Our food-themed team building events are the most delicious and can be delivered anywhere in North America! Each program is the perfect blend of good food, competition, and fun.  Encourage your group to work together as a team and enjoy each other’s company. Best Corporate Events will work seamlessly with your venue to arrange all the logistics, from ordering the food and setting up the room. 

The kitchen can be a fun environment that makes cooking a perfect team building activity. Teams will enjoy a competitive format while collaborating and strengthening the cohesiveness of their team.  Every member of the team, from all departments including executives, management and sales can work together. Each member of the team will contribute to creating what is on the menu.

Best Corporate Events offers five food-themed culinary programs. Each designed to allow everyone from a novice cook to master chef to participate comfortably.  

  1. Chili Cook-off

Chili Cook-Off involves all members of the team completing a different task. From prepping and cooking the chili, decorating the chef’s apron, and creating a presentation or jingle that will showcase the uniqueness of their team. Participants will also earn points for their team using Apple iPads® which deliver text, audio and video clues, chili trivia and exciting gaming challenges.  All your memories of this delicious event will be captured with photos and video of your teams in action. After judging, scoring and tasting, one team will emerge as the reigning Chili Cook-Off Champion!

  1. Fiesta Fun™

Fiesta Fun™ is a lively event where corporate groups will experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Mexico! In this exciting contest, participants compete to make their own brand of salsa, guacamole, and golden margaritas!  Having fun to the beat of Mexican music, the program kicks off with a series of team building icebreakers. Next, teams work on their unique recipes, develop a name and logo and write a jingle to market their creations. Tables equipped with all the required utensils and an abundance of ingredients are supplied.

  1. Food Truck Face-Off

Teams are formed and participate in a competitive large group icebreaker to set the order in which they choose their cuisine and theme that their truck will feature. All-American, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian, Vegetarian, and “Sweet Tooth” are all on the table and up for grabs.
Once cuisines are chosen it’s time to get to work, picking a company name, designing a logo, and building a large truck façade with cardboard, duct tape, and decorative materials.  Teams also create their menus, as well as a commercial they will perform to whet their colleagues’ appetites. To test each team’s culinary creativity, specific ingredients will be provided, and suggestions for the dishes to be served, but there will be no actual recipes.

  1. Foodie SmartHunt®

Teams will be provided with iPads and a food and beverage budget. They will search for local restaurants, cafes, street vendors, food trucks, and farmer’s markets to sample local cuisine and videotape live critiques on their iPads during this one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt.  As teams travel on their culinary tour, they will navigate to historic points of interest and earn points by completing in photo and video challenges and a variety of Foodie themed missions such as Chef Talk, Food Critic, Foodie Trivia and Beat the Bartender. Teams could even earn extra points at fun, challenging, physical game stations set up at one or more of the stops!

  1. Tapas and Sangria Making

In this Spanish-themed series of team bonding exercises, your group will be making Tapas and Sangria! Now enjoyed everywhere, Tapas originated as appetizers or small plates in Spanish cuisine. Flavorful Sangria is a beverage from Spain and Portugal, which normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, sweetener, and a small amount of brandy.  Your group will be formed into “wineries.” Each team will choose a name for their winery, develop their own brand of Sangria using ingredients from our marketplace and design a logo used to market their unique concoction. The ingredients in Sangria vary, particularly in the type of fruit used, the kind of spirits added, and the presence or lack of carbonation. Teams also create Tapas based on a delicious cold menu provided so no stove required! Ingredients and a dish description will be provided but not a specific recipe, and that’s where the team building comes in.

Throughout each of these cooking activities, the group’s creativity, communication, cooperation, and time management are all challenged.  The type of cuisines may vary, but these programs share a common mission – to build unity while breaking down barriers for better communication. Our events focus on interaction which leads to happier and more productive team members in the workplace. So let’s get cooking!

Leadership skills and team building go hand and hand. Leaders must have the ability to lead their team and keep strong relationships amongst the company. Leaders are the ones who motivate employees and find ways to build stronger bonds. Team building is a perfect example of a way to build effective teams and improve communication.

Leaders must be good at communication to be sure everyone on the team understands the company’s vision. A dedicated leader takes the time to inspire team members and mentor them through their job responsibilities. The leader is the expertise in the business and leads by example. Leaders must gain the trust of their teammates and encourage honesty in the workplace. Leaders with strong problem-solving skills use team building to complete projects and complete tasks at hand. Everyone at the company contributes a different skill or talent. The team is not nearly as strong as when everyone learns to work together. Team building lifts everyone up to work together when a challenging situation arises.

During team building activities, it becomes evident that there is a need to align performance goals with the team purpose. Employees then have a direct impact over the companies goals by giving them an individual target they control and that they feel ownership in hitting. This target should also be one that aligns with the organization’s goals but should be just one piece of the whole puzzle and success of the company.

Good company culture comes from implementing a strong team, with purpose and specific performance goals.  In addition, through team building activities and performance coaching by management, the leader can enhance accountability at the individual and team level. This will come by setting expectations, giving responsibility, and providing feedback.

Overall, leaders are the ones who are ultimately responsible for bringing their team together.  Team building in the workplace enables better communication, better relationships and ultimately increases productivity. Team building in leadership sets the stage for the team’s dynamic. When you have leadership and team building, everyone feels a sense of ownership and is more motivated and engaged to reach the common goal!

Have you been considering team building for your company, but not sure what you are looking for? Have you always wondered what are the benefits of team building? As we enter a new decade, now’s the time to inspire and motivate your team with a team building program by Best Corporate Events.

Here are just a few of the many objectives you could achieve by hosting a team building activity for your corporate group.

  • Build team rapport
  • Strengthen existing relationships and cohesiveness
  • Build a high-performance team
  • Align project teams
  • Learn corporate values
  • Improve team communication effectiveness
  • Have fun!

Even the strongest teams can benefit from these team building ideas. Corporate groups can build effective relationships while finding solutions to office conflicts, as well as set goals to drive the company to new levels of success. When you decide to host a team-building activity, it tells your team you care about their success.  

During team building activities, your employees will grow and learn new skills they can bring back to the company. People will be more motivated when they can take pride in their performance. Once a stronger trust has is built amongst teammates, everyone will enjoy coming to work more each day. The effectiveness of team building differs from one organization to another. One commonality is that all members of the team must understand the objectives they face when going into the activity. Once the team’s goals are set, and roles are assigned, teams can work together to achieve great results. Conducting a needs assessment before a specific team building program or activity is decided upon is always essential to its success. The needs assessment identifies the group’s goals and desired outcomes so the program can be structured to address them.  

When team members can trust each other and learn to communicate more effectively, they can easily share ideas and collaborate. Team building helps those who might not typically be engaged to interact with each other. It teaches people to work together, thus increasing productivity. Finding ways to utilize each person’s skills and then transferring it to a work project, results in more efficient work and satisfaction from the team overall. Corporate Team Building has become more critical than ever in this growing, fast-paced, high-tech age of electronic social interaction. 

Remember, having fun doesn’t have to strip away all the importance of work. A successful team building activities allow for employees to learn about each other and grow mutual respect. At Best Corporate Events, we offer unique programs that combine fun with a higher level of problem-solving, innovation, and strategic planning. Furthermore, our events are designed to enhance individual and team growth. Through experiences that have a strong connection to teamwork, trust, and communication, solidifying the cohesiveness of your group while providing key insights and applicable skill sets.

Choosing an Activity

Best Corporate Events offers 30+ team building activities. You can couple team building with your company’s CSR strategy by building bikes for needy children or assembling care packages for a homeless shelter. You could also choose to sharpen your team’s competitive edge by having a Minute to Win It event or having your team compete in a realistic game show challenge.

Want to get to know and explore the home town your business? Try one of our SmartHunts scavenger hunts and solve clues and challenges throughout the city. If food is the way to your team’s heart, try one of our culinary team building activities such as the Food Truck Face-Off or the Fiesta Fun recipe contest. If you’re not sure which activity to choose, send a quick survey out to your employees and ask them which types of activities they might enjoy.

Our sales managers are trained professionals at matching your group’s needs with the best program! Whichever activity you choose, you can rest assured that it will be a fun activity that will bring your team together.  We are the experts at recommending the program that’s the right fit for your group.

Poorly executed team building activities are not only ineffective, but they can also cause more harm than good. If team members feel the activities are boring or sloppily put together, they’ll be less likely to participate in the future actively. If the thought of executing a team or company-wide team building event intimidates you, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We’ve executed thousands of events all over the country. We come to you with everything you need and facilitate the entire experience. All you have to do is make sure your team is ready for a good time!

Advantages to Team Building

Another advantage is team building can help create camaraderie within the group. This can be important for companies that are spread out nationwide, worldwide, or for employees who work remotely at home. When an opportunity arises for all members of the team to come together, the company can accomplish a lot. A team building activity can assist teams in collaborating with those that they may have never had the opportunity to interact with in the past.

Getting everyone out of the office environment is another great aspect of team building. Depending on the activity chosen, team building can be very versatile. Most of the Best Corporate Event’s activities can easily be facilitated in a hotel ballroom, conference center, beach, or a park. The possibilities are almost endless!

Develop your next line of leaders and see what they can accomplish through effective delegation. Learn to set clear objectives and measure performance. Discover the importance of communicating ideas and experiences among the group to achieve goals. Discover how to structure your planning time to produce maximum results. Learn how to avoid the planning pitfalls that every leader faces.

Think outside of “the box”. Discover how to break down communication barriers. Develop an action plan that will make the company/organization productive and efficient. Learn how to communicate the company’s goals that all employees will understand and be motivated to accomplish them!

Welcome to the BEST blog, a collection of team building articles, industry insights and news about our large collection of programs and events offered in locations across North America.





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