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The status of the COVID-19 pandemic remains unpredictable, but we are thinking ahead to the safety measures we can take for live events when the time comes.

Event Safety is Our Priority

Live Event Safety Protocol for COVID-19

Our 30+ virtual programs and events have been a blessing for clients wanting to educate and entertain their teams during this pandemic, but live events will be returning soon to the cheers of corporate America. However, The nature of the COVID-19 pandemic is unpredictable – no one truly knows when it will be safe to return to live events again. Whenever that may be, we will be prepared when the time comes. That’s why we are creating a plan for the safety measures needed for a return to live events slowly and steadily. We want to ensure that our clients know the steps we are taking to make our events safe when the time comes.


First things first – we are not the experts in healthcare, so we will be taking the advice of those who are. The CDC has put together Safety Protocols for event planning, and following these guidelines is the foundation of our thought process on any live events.


One of the hazards of corporate events is the inevitable travel that comes along with gathering employees together. But, while companies may be spread throughout different offices in different cities, there are plenty of employees who share a local region who still benefit from gathering and connecting with one another. So our first foray into live events when the ‘all clear’ is given will be based on 2 location factors.

  1. Locations with consistently low case counts
  2. Locations where no one needs to travel further than they can drive for a day trip from their homes – not even our facilitators. Our facilitators are spread across the country in major cities, which will allow us to begin serving many major markets where cases are low, even from the beginning.
We are regularly referring to data showing case counts, infection rates, and more to ensure we understand the current state of things in different parts of the country. Useful resources include this map and this regularly updated page with visual representations of case data on a day-by-day basis.


Whenever we receive the ‘go-ahead’ to dip our toe back into the live events ocean, we know that will not mean full speed ahead right away. We plan to embrace and adhere to the CDC guidelines on attendance capacity, spacing, disinfecting, and so on that will come with the return of live events. In fact, along with any official recommendations, we will plan to do the following:

  • Continue to encourage holding events outdoors as much as climate and location will allow
  • Recommend any indoor or outdoor space used for an event we deliver will allow for 6 ft of social distancing for all attendees
  • Verify with the client that the facility they have selected to hold the event is applying CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines, and make sure that hand sanitizer, wipes, and masks will be readily available for attendees in the event space
  • Sanitize all event materials prior to each event, and again upon return to our headquarters following the event
  • Utilize a color-coded marking system to identify each set of tools & supplies to decrease the possibility of cross-sharing items.
  • Encourage any food service to occur at a separate time from activities to promote clean food consumption space
  • Require our staff and attendees to wear face coverings at the event at any point where they are unable to keep 6 feet of distance between themselves and others
  • Post signage at the event outlining safety measures to inform attendees what we have done, and what they should be doing, to ensure a safe and fulfilling event
  • Where possible, offer remote attendance options for any attendees who have chosen not to participate in person


Team building and corporate events come in lots of shapes and sizes. We offer a wide variety of programs but know that some will be more well suited to be delivered safely within CDC guidelines than others. A limited selection of our live events will be evaluated for how well we can ensure both optimal social distancing and delivery of the program at our high-quality standards. We will also continue to offer and expand our lineup of Virtual Team Building programs and Virtual Training workshops as a way to gather that most effectively ensures the health and safety of all attendees.

Just as the circumstances of the pandemic are ever-changing, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plan as the conditions change over time. Even though this challenging time may continue for a while, we remain committed to doing the best we can to serve our clients and their teams with high-quality events that are safe end fulfilling for all.




This is the first in a series of articles that will deliver various team building topics. You will be introduced to lessons and key insights pertaining to the foundation of high-performing teams. Key pillars to group performance such as communication skills development, leadership tips, goal setting and role clarification, meeting and time management.  Many more relevant topics will be explored. Many of these articles will be written immediately after the delivery of a workshop.  The articles will include messages from the debrief and processing discussions fresh on the mind.  We will share thoughts for work-related application of the lessons.


Last week I delivered a 3-hour workshop on day one of a multi-day offsite training.  The workshop was for emerging leaders within a pharmaceutical company. The request came from the overall manager of the group.  The manager was only 3 months into the position. His goal was to engage the participants in an interactive hands-on experience. 

The experience would showcase the tenants of high-performing teams, while also allowing for each of them to walk away with personal leadership tips for immediate workplace application. He also wanted to further connect to the group, by being an active participant in some of the initiatives and engaging with them.  Ultimately,  getting to know them better individually. He also asked that I create new table teams with each activity (3 in total). We could plant the seeds for new relationships as well as strengthen the existing bonds with their colleagues.

Delivery to the teams:

The program chosen was “Igniting Team Performance”, a fun but challenging workshop which is delivered via a progressive series of interactive and cerebral challenges. Whittling through the dozens of activity options, the specific activities were chosen 3 weeks before based on phone assessment meetings.  We started with a version of “Card Speed” – a competitive (initially), fun and fast-paced table-top initiative. Very quickly teams established a defined goal, clearly defined roles for each team member and a great process for completing the activity with speed and accuracy.

Since competition amongst the teams was emphasized, teams were celebrating and needling each other with their impressive stop-watch timed performances. I then surprised the team by switching a few members to different table teams and established a new COLLABORATIVE goal. A quick cross sharing of best practices in the form of a 5-minute “speed meeting”. The final round average of all table groups combined was better than the best individual table round to that point! There were high 5’s and cheering for the impressive collaborative display while celebrating the success of the entire room.

As the workshop progressed, each additional activity was delivered with real-time process discussions.  Discussions including how they would apply the lessons at work. This was followed by a more detailed summarizing debrief to end the 3-hour session.

This eye-opening and insightful debrief captured written insights and finished with each participant verbally identifying three key lessons that they could immediately apply to enhance their workplace impact.  Learn more about our Corporate Workshops here

Welcome to our first official blog post! As the largest team building company in America, with extraordinary program designers and facilitators from coast to coast, Best Corporate Events has a wide variety of stories, insights, industry news, innovations, and anecdotes to share.

This blog will serve as a repository for the collective knowledge of our team as we deliver team building and corporate events, organize charitable programs, dish out culinary events, teach professional development and monitor SmartHunts across the country for groups of 30 to 2,500.


image001Best Corporate Events is a member of top associations, including ISES International, MPI, Site, and ADMEI. We are yearly sponsors of ADMEI’s annual conference, at which our CEO, Scott Flynn, was a keynote speaker. We always keep our finger on the pulse of the industry, so we’ll be musing on the latest trends in corporate events and team building. Our passion is making sure that your team returns to work rejuvenated, inspired, and communicating better than ever!

We look forward to sharing the cutting-edge tips, hilarious moments, and useful tidbits that are a part of how we ensure our Best Corporate Events are constantly evolving, growing, and exceeding all expectations. And we look forward to conversations with you about how this has improved life for your team!

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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