“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.
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!
“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!
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!
“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!
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!
“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
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!
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).
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!