Teamwork in Unexpected Places: 13th Century Castle-Building

“Quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile makers, basket makers, rope makers, carters and their horses – are all working together to complete the castle.” – Guedelon.fr

Deep in the French countryside, there is a group of tradesmen and women who have come together to do the unthinkable: they are using 13th century methods to build a castle. In Yonne, Burgundy, approximately fifty people have taken on the project, which started in 1997 and is expected to last at least another ten years from the present. Their director general, Maryline Martin, specifically states that it is the teamwork of the staff members that truly makes the project possible, saying “Guédelon is built on the strength of the castle’s foundations of course, but also on the strength of that team.”

Though the corporate event programs we offer only last a day or a portion thereof, not twenty-five years, they’re specially formulated to help the participants build something nearly as lasting as a castle: genuine connection, streamlined communication, and a deeper understanding of how to make their team function successfully when they’re back in a work environment.

Teamwork in Unexpected Places: Diana Nyad’s Swim

“It looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.” –Diana Nyad

When endurance swimming Diana Nyad covered the 110-mile distance from Cuba to Key West, Florida this year, she did so on her own, in a way. The rules stated that she could never touch the boat or any outside person or object during the entirety of the 53 hours she spent in the water. That said, however, Nyad acknowledged that without her team, her accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible at all.

The crew accompanying Nyad included medical personnel, jellyfish experts, boat drivers, and independent observers to corroborate her story of achievement. There are reports that not only did she stop halfway through to sing happy birthday to one member of her team, but also that as she approached the end of her swim she told everyone in attendance on the boats, from dear friends to crew she’d just met the day before, that they were “a special group”.

We here at Best Corporate Events are always heartened by tales of teams working together to achieve the extraordinary, like this one. Forging successful teams is our passion!

 

 

Great Dining® Competition: Video of the Week

Never underestimate the power of creativity! Not only do teams get to cook delectable meals during this corporate event, but they also design a poster and commercial advertising for their newly-formed ‘restaurant’ to the rest of the group. In this video, which includes several large group Great Dining® events, you can see lots of clever names, from Heart of Sole (for a team that made a fish dish) to the Candy Café (dessert crafters) to Irene’s and Gio’s (likely the head chef of those teams). It’s one of the many ways we’ve incorporated different forms of creativity into our programs, to let the broadest possible spectrum of participants shine!

Corporate Events Go Green

“We all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future.” –John F. Kennedy

The web page for every program we offer here at Best Corporate Events includes a section called “Eco Elements” which details the ways in which it’s green. For example, all materials used might be reused, recycled, or donated. Or we may be able to theme the entire program around an eco theme. The biggest way in which we’ve upgraded our offerings, though, is by including iPads! Since the trivia questions, assembly instructions, and other information are now all on the iPads instead of printed; popular programs like Bike Build Donation and SmartHunts are entirely paperless.

When you’re looking for a team building program that fits your company’s needs, don’t neglect to consider whether your selection includes consideration for the planet.  Ours do, and we’re proud to explain how on every program page!

Expect the Unexpected

“No matter what, expect the unexpected. And whenever possible BE the unexpected.” –Lynda Barry

One of the most exciting aspects of our SmartHunt programs is the interaction with celebrity look-a-likes. In fact, injecting a dose of unexpected excitement is one of our trademarks, whether it’s real medals at the end of a competitive event, twists that improve collaboration during a professional development program, or amazing creativity during a team building challenge. Our corporate programs are incredibly well designed and delivered by seasoned facilitators – so clients get the results they’re seeking, every time – including laughter, surprise, and fun!

At a recent trade show, we extended this philosophy to our booth. There in front of our giant 7-foot iPad (featuring dozens of our programs) was Cap’n Jack Sparrow, one of the many actors on our roster of personable, talented performers available nationwide to enhance our programs. So take a look at what Best Corporate Events has to offer: you could find yourself dancing with Pee Wee Herman, dining with the Godfather, or boxing with Rocky when you least expect it. You never know!

A Pat on the Back

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a moment and assess.  How do we know that our carefully-crafted programs are the best corporate events offered anywhere?  We listen to what our clients have to say!

And, since we want everyone to know the quality of what we deliver, we share that feedback publicly at http://bestteambuilding.com/Pages/testimonials.html. Recently, we’re delighted to have been called “nothing short of fantastic,” “a huge success,” “a terrific hit,” and “so meaningful.” We’ll continue to strive to exceed expectations every single time.

It Takes a Great Team to Help Other Great Teams

“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” –Maya Angelou

We want to highlight our incredible team this week and point out a few things about this ever-growing collection of smiling faces.

First, part of the reason we don’t charge travel fees is that we have folks throughout the entire country trained and ready to exceed expectations.  Can you spot the Las Vegas sign?  The beach?  From palm trees to snow-covered evergreens, the backgrounds of these photos show that our team is coast to coast and everywhere in between.  Second, there’s a wide variety of people, every age and hue, and it’s thanks in part to that diversity that we can offer the most well-rounded, broad-spectrum programs anywhere.  It’s the strength of our team that means we can truly help others’.  These smiling faces look forward to working with you!

The Team That Dines Together Shines Together

“Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.” -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Just like any great team, Best Corporate Events sometimes runs on its stomach! This shot is from a dinner break during our semi-annual four-day brainstorming meeting. Partners and select lead facilitators from around the country joined some of our headquarters’ staff at a local restaurant in Clearwater, Florida.

Left to right: Thomas, Celia, Diane, Cathy, Roy, Christine, Joe, Paul, Scott, Bryan, Dyanne, Michael, Ray, Deirdre and Trish.

Best Corporate Events’ Build-a-Wheelchair® Program Helps Nevada Veterans

“A miracle comes true. I was just telling our board of directors at our last meeting that we were running out of manual wheelchairs to donate to folks in need.” –Paul Martin, Army veteran and founder of Nevadans for Equal Access

Last month, we here at Best Corporate Events facilitated one of our most popular charitable CSR programs, Build-a-Wheelchair®, for 400 participants in Las Vegas. This program – exclusive to our company as we own the registered trademark on the name – not only gives a new twist on the old “bike build” structure, but also zooms into the future with high-tech elements. As with many of our programs, we offer Apple iPads, loaded with our special App technology, as a part of the event.  This so impressed Nevada television station KTNV that they did a news story on the program and the subsequent donation of 90 wheelchairs to a worthy local charity.  It’s always heartwarming to see the incredible good that comes from philanthropic programs like this one, and we couldn’t be more delighted to have the press share it!