Consider Team Building Events in the Workplace for Their Residual Benefits

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Many companies look at team building events as an afterthought to spend whatever money they have left at the end of the year mainly because they think of a team building event being recreational.  Granted many team building companies offer Go Kart adventures, cooking events, and alike which are fine to get your personnel to be able to connect and experience fun through recreational activities outside the workplace. These types of recreational events have shrouded the true purpose of team building which is designed to reestablish or mend communication and cooperation that has either broken down in your workplace.

Many companies look for ways to increase efficiency within their personnel that will have residual or long lasting impressions. The companies that have used highly effective well thought out team building activities do see carryovers from the events in their workforce long after the team building events are over. Team building events that do have lasting effects on your personnel should include components such that will reveal or resolve any type to conflict or communication issues that may have been building up or inhibiting progress  among teams, fellow employees or between management.  I had the experience of doing a series of team building exercises for a large national organization that resolved an ongoing conflict with a manager /subordinate for many months and it only took a half of a day to for the breakthrough. During another team building event in which the employees were tasked to work together with employees that they may not to have chose to team up with. One of the participants approached me after the event was over and explained that the team building exercise broke down barrier that she had with another employee and was grateful for the experience!

Properly organized team building events that include problem solving activities, and Training Games with well thought out activities can result in tremendous results for productivity.  Most companies feature a corporate workforce of people that do not know each other well outside of the workplace and therefore are not entirely at ease with each other.  A natural amount of camaraderie will most likely develop between people who interact with each other on a daily basis, particularly those who sit next to or near each other. Team Building Exercises are therefore primarily designed to allow people to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal environment who otherwise would not be given the opportunity to meet each other outside of a professional situation

When in search for a team building event that will have a long lasting effect on your personnel after the event is over you will want to examine and come up with a list of objectives that you will want to accomplish with a particular team building event. Most team building companies will be glad to help you assess and offer a team building event or exercise that will help you address any issues that may be affecting your productivity.

The Secret to Giving an Effective Presentation with PowerPoint

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Most people have a fear of speaking in public, but when tasked to give an effective presentation by power point they feel a little more at ease. The reason is that they now have the information they are going to present at hand. This can be a double edge sword because the presenter in this scenario will end up using the slides as a crutch and may actually fail as a true presenter.

Giving an effective Power Point presentation involves much more than just showing and telling with slides. Most people will have a canned power point with all sorts of information on the slides then merely present the slides in a progressive manner like they would their slide show form last summers’ vacation. First of all to come off with an effective presentation you need to understand that you the speaker is the focal point of the presentation. Your audience should have their attention on you as a speaker and the slides are just supplemental.  Secondly to be successful and have the right impact on the audience Power Point starts with the actual design so that the audience will not be reading the slides instead of looking at the presenter. For example; Slides should have a dark background and light type which is the protocol these days, this makes the slides easy to see and follow.

 Here are some further points and rules to follow for an effective presentation:

  1. There should be no more than six words across with only six lines of copy or words.
  2. You should not have any animation as it will distract the audience especially if the presentation is a little dry.
  3. Pictures or illustrations only if necessary. Logos should be placed at very bottom corner.
  4. Limit your colors to three only! Red for impact, Blue and Green for positive
  5. Use clear concise copy w/ bullets instead of long sentences
  6. Narrow your points to three or a maximum of 5 at the most
  7. Reveal each point one by one as to not have the audience read ahead.

The mission of giving a successful Power Point presentation only to use your slides as an aid NOT as the presentation itself. You should know your material very well before your presentation so that your slides will only serve as a marquee for the audience as to what is coming up next. Your slides can also help you get back on track or remember where you are going in case you lose your thoughts. You come off as authentic and genuine to your audience when you are less dependent on your slides.  If you can understand that giving a Power Point requires a unique blend of discipline whereas you the presenter are the focal point and the slides are merely an appendage you will be able to give an extremely effective presentation.

5 Benefits of Team Building Activities

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Having your employees engage in Team Building Activities can be amazingly helpful for nurturing a potent workplace climate within your company. More times than not, employers are always looking for new ways that will help build better communications, enhance job satisfaction, and provide relaxing outlets for expression. The benefits of team building activities can help increase employee retention and boost company morale. Most businesses find that employees become refreshed and rejuvenated following team building activities, a benefit that will surely play a role in improving company productivity and efficiency.

Many organizations that have had team building companies facilitate activities for their employees have seen the benefits of successful team building. Most companies feature a corporate workforce of people that do not know each other well outside of the workplace and therefore are not entirely at ease with each other.  A natural amount of camaraderie will most likely develop between people who interact with each other on a daily basis, particularly those who sit next to or near each other, but people at slightly further reaches of the organization are sometimes left with a faceless impression of each other, sometimes resulting in an unjustified animosity. Team Building Exercises are therefore primarily designed to allow people to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal environment who otherwise would not be given the opportunity to meet each other outside of a professional situation.  Any bonds made during the day can increase the co-operation between employees on an organization-wide level and therefore have a positive impact on the teamwork efficiency of the organization.

Team Building Activities

Any activity that aids in bringing employees together will begin building connections between employees, an aspect of effective team building. Going for bowling or sporting contests, having weekly luncheons with employees, and providing other professional contests that include gift cards or small electronics as prizes can be very helpful for boosting employees’ spirits. Building an effective team requires an atmosphere of positivity, fun, and ease, and these techniques may promote this even further.

Performance

Since fun team building activities provide a natural change of the day-to-day grind, employees may feel rejuvenated  when they come back to the office. High energy and positive team building activities can be a great way to clear the mind and producing a stronger focus on one’s work. Team-building activities can and do play a large role in increasing productivity if implemented regularly.

Employee Retention

Employees who know that they are being supported by their management tend to develop a sense of pride and passion in their work. Building a cohesive team requires engaging with employees, and this often correlates with a low turnover rate. This can save money in the long run, as it often requires money to go through a new hiring process. Plus, hiring someone new drains a company of time, an aspect that can also hinder business productivity. At we have  quarterly office meetings where employees can give their input to solve a problem or save the company and make a suggestion on something that could improve the level of service we provide to a client. Employees feel engaged when they are heard and their ideas are accepted and incorporated. When they feel they make a difference, they stay.

A Valuable Carryover into Personal Life

Today’s employees are looking for a good balance in what they do as an employee as well as personal life. Too much work can be a deterrent to performance and morale. Performing and being involved in team building activities in the workplace can surely carry over into personal life and can prove be a valuable asset for your employees. They may take what they learned during the team building event and apply to family life, and even their involvement and interactions within their community.

Promotes Problem Solving Skills

In the workplace a crisis can happen at any time. Well thought out team building activities that require coworkers to work together to solve problems can improve the ability to think rationally and strategically. Teams that are able to determine when a problem arises and know what they can do about it, can then effectively take charge when a real crisis occurs.

Improving morale within your company can be as simple as providing team building activities on a regular basis for your personnel that will provide a long lasting effect and a positive investment that can yield many years of profitable returns.

Body Language Affects Your Public Speaking Presentation

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Body language and gestures account for a whopping 55% of any type of conversation or public presentation that you perform. Vocal expression 38% and your words are only 8% ! Gestures are important for many reasons including coordinating comprehension centers of the brain.If your gestures are incongruent with your words it will confuse the listener’s brain and you will be not be as credible. Body language also serves as a means to further accentuate your Continue reading “Body Language Affects Your Public Speaking Presentation” »