Catapult: Video of the Week

Never underestimate the power of positive rewards!  Just as they do in many of our corporate event offerings, the top teams participating in the Catapult program receive a real award medals for their success.  It’s a tangible way of rewarding active participation, innovation, and exceeding expectations, and it truly works – look at the grins on the face of the team member holding up his medal in this video!  Because the winners get to keep those rewards and bring them back to the office environment, they remain a physical reminder of the collaboration, fun, and learning at which they excelled!

Top Ten Events

“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” -John C. Maxwell

Clients often ask which programs are our best sellers, so we’ve launched a new page on the Best Corporate Events website: Top Ten Events!  It features our most popular events – with links to their individual pages containing full descriptions, videos, and requirements – and will be updated every six months with the latest data.  Looking for team building programs that have been honed to perfection and truly work?  You’ve found them!

Bridge to the Future™: Video of the Week

Sometimes, when you see numbers flash across a screen, they don’t have much meaning. So let’s put the incredible statistics in this video of our program Bridge to the Future™ in context.  First it shows 100 participants building a 56 foot-long bridge.  That’s the average length of a railroad car.  And the latter part of the video, 500 people build a 215-foot bridge.  That’s 2/3 the length of an entire football field, and our lead facilitator successfully drove a golf cart over this cardboard and duct tape bridge the entire length!  Check it out!

Harnessing the Power of the Team

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” -Ryunosuke Satoro

On those days when it feels like no amount of effort will get you to your goals, it’s wise to consider the power of teamwork. Just as one single drop of water makes next to no impact on rock but a strong and cohesive stream can carve through mountains, making use of the strengths of those around you can exponentially increase your impact.  At work this might mean holding a brainstorming meeting to find solutions to get past a roadblock.  At home it might mean each family member’s chores play to his or her strengths.  And everywhere, it means that building a true team, with everyone pitching in towards the greater good and the agreed-upon goals, is smart.  Of course, to that end, we here at Best Corporate Events and TeamBuilding suggest any of our dozens of time-tested programs, proven to build team morale, trust, and cohesiveness!

Gumbo Cook-Off: Video of the Week

If your fear is that your next corporate event will be boring, check out this video of the Gumbo Cook-Off program, because there is never a dull moment! Teams are dancing, singing, tasting their creations, wearing masks, offering up beautifully presented trays, laughing like crazy, and having an absolutely incredible time.  Plus, through it all, they’re learning more about their colleagues, forging stronger connections that they’ll bring right back to the office. Everybody wins – without even the slightest hint of boredom!

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!

 

We Care for Kids™: Video of the Week

One of the beautiful things about every Best Corporate Events and TeamBuilding program is its customizability: from length to goals to debrief topics, we make sure it will precisely fit the needs of our client.  For the We Care for Kids™ program, further customization is possible in that there are many different possible items that can be built and assembled depending on the group’s needs.  From putting together stuffed animals to be donated to fire stations and crisis centers to comfort children undergoing trauma to assembling reading benches, school cubbies, or small rocking chairs for underequipped hospitals or schools, there are myriad ways to make this charitable program fit just right.  Check out this video, where participants make hundreds of these various gifts for those in need!

Best Corporate Events Holds Semi-Annual Meeting

Every six months, key Best Corporate Events teammates from around the country meet for a 4-day brainstorming session at our Florida headquarters. Here they are!
Left to right standing: Diane Hendricks (Information Technology), Celia Delgo (Sales Coordinator), Paul Petrus (Sales Manager), Deirdre Assanti (Production Southeast), Thomas Boles (Accounting/SalesForce), Roy Charette (Northeast Regional Partner), Joe Groves (Director of SmartHunts Facilitation), Cathy Ruales (Business Manager), Bryan Burns (COO SmartHunts), Trish Flynn (Assistant to CEO), Scott Flynn (CEO)
Left to right seated: Christine Roberson (DMC Division Manager), Ray Assanti (Southwest Regional Partner), Dyanne DiRosario (California Regional Partner), Phil Valentine (Director of Celebrity SmartHunts).  

Great Dining® Competition: Video of the Week

When teams are tasked with developing a recipe, competing with their colleagues for the best taste and presentation, suddenly everyone is engaged and energized. Check out this video, where 650 participants decorate, design, cook, present, and cheer! We can adjust the Great Dining® program to be as simple (just cold appetizers or tapas, perhaps?) or as complex (how about a full gourmet seven-course meal?) as your location and schedule allow, so it’s always a perfect fit for groups seeking a fun and delicious corporate event!

Teamwork in Unexpected Places: Pageant of the Masters

“The music soars. The curtains open. The audience gasps.” –Josh Jenisch, in his article Masterpiece Theater, Westways Magazine

When someone tosses out the word “team,” the listener often first thinks of the most common uses, like a sports team or an expedition.  But any company or group uses teamwork, and the programs we offer strengthen their bonds no matter what field they’re in.  As part of our continuing series highlighting teams working in interesting situations, let’s take a look at the extraordinary Pageant of the Masters, a theatrical performance which combines live “living statue” actors and carefully-crafted sets to recreate incredible works of art in person, each held for a few minutes.

According to a recent article, the number of people who collaborate to create this breathtaking spectacle is staggering.  It requires over 60,000 volunteer hours and over 6 months of planning each year to put together the costumes, make-up plots, sets, and designs.  That means hundreds of pounds of clay, plaster, paint, sponges, and muslin in the hands of many hundreds of experts.  Not just one but two full casts rotate through the show.  There are over 120 volunteers just in the make-up department.  And all of this has been running smoothly for 80 years!

We know from experience that no matter the field you’re in, teamwork is vital, and our corporate events truly do help, so you can head back to work invigorated, inspired, and ready to be the masters of your craft!