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Team Building Workshop Facilitators Use Humor to Maximize Participation

We always say that our team building workshop facilitators are the backbone of our organization.  It became very apparent during a recent Rescue Buddies workshop for employees of Brother, who came together for a fun workshop at a beautiful hotel. 

Hotel staff was wonderfully accommodating and the space was gorgeous…the only problem was one gigantic column placed in the center of the very tiny room.  Of course that makes a challenge for any group event, but one like our hands-on and interactive workshop is especially affected by having a large obstacle in the center of all the action.

But that challenge proved totally surmountable by our facilitator, who quickly saw an opportunity for humor rather than a problem.  She deftly named the column “George” and likened “him” to a workshop participant who didn’t participate much. (but everyone encouraged him anyway!)  Of course you can see the double purpose of the humor: it highlights the fact that everyone should be participating in workshop activities. It mirrors what managers want to happen back in the office!

stuffed animal team buildingWorkshop activities get revamped for an especially awesome group

Teamwork came easily to this great group from Brother, so the facilitator took the usual round of icebreakers and introductory activities and customized them even more than usual.  For example, 13 Colonies was made more challenging for this super group by requiring participants to act out the picture as the facilitator told the story.  Usually, she tells the story and the group must listen carefully for clues to the theme and purpose of the story.

Mirror, Mirror gave participants the opportunity to demonstrate really great teamwork skills: communication was at its best when one pair improvised in order to succeed.  This ice breaker activity has partners drawing numbers in the air, taking turns guessing what’s being drawn.  One person was having trouble so his partner actually drew the number backwards, so his partner could better visualize the numbers he was drawing.

This led to participants choosing the more challenging options when it came to assembling their Rescue Buddies for donation to a charity. Groups can choose the more interactive activities rather than the easier, less silly activities – another sign of a wonderful group that’s got teamwork nailed!

The workshop came to a close after a representative from the Ronald McDonald House arrived to accept the Rescue Buddies.  He gave a presentation about his company and there were lots of questions from the Brother group.  Seems they felt proud to be giving back to the community and felt a connection there, which they wanted to learn more about.

That’s what our Charity Team Building workshops are all about, after all – building teams and forging connections with the community.  Well done, Brother!