Bicycle Team Building Event – Federal Government Washington, DC

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Team Building Activities for Co-Workers

The Pretrial Services unit for the Federal Government was looking for team building training and awarded Leaders Speakers of Charlotte NC the contract.Bicycle Building Team Building Event They chose the” Bicycles Built by You” team building event because it was a high energy and creative exercise with a charity component. The event took place in downtown Washington DC. There were three sessions of enthusiastic competitive team members that had to bond with their team members and cooperate with other teams in order to advance in their quest to obtain the necessary bikes parts in order to build 20” bikes that would eventually be presented to the local Boys and Girls club at the end of the event.The teams had to come up with a team cheer and compete against each other teams with their creative, unique and high energy competitive exhibitions. They were then judged after the cheer offs to determine winners that would get a concession of a “head start” to start solving some challenging clues to earn their bike parts. The groups worked feverishly to get their bicycles built first even when it meant cooperating and helping other groups with their efforts. The overall team building experience proves and helps the individual teams realize that it takes cooperation from all groups to be successful.Bicycle Building Team Building Charity event Another sense of accomplishment and awe happened at the end of the event when the finished bikes were presented to 18 deserving children from the local Boys and Girls club of Washington DC. The staff members made it a point to individually express their appreciation for the overall experience that this team building event that will provided for them.

How to Interview Well and Minimize Bad Hires

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It’s interesting that some candidates come off Impressive in the interview process then 90 days down the road their performance does not jibe with how they came off in the interview? Many individuals are very skilled at interviewing but turn out to be bad performers and visa/ versa.  I have been interviewing  candidates for sales positions recently  and have found some helpful tips to help vet the right candidates. The key here is to to sharpen your interviewing skills with the right interviewing preparation.The following are some of questions that can help you in your interview process.interview

  1. What did you initially find interesting about this job?

This question will help you determine if the the potential employee really cares about your company and understands the job. If the answer is detailed and reveals he has done research on your company and the role, you may have a good fit. If instead a candidate gives a generic answer that shows no comprehension of what your company does or what the position entails, he may just be desperate to find any job–and you don’t want to hire him.

2. Have you visited our website? What intrigued you about it?

Pay close attention to how detailed a candidate is when answering this question. If he seems caught off guard or stumbles through his responses without giving specifics about the website, chances are he probably didn’t do his research. If a candidate couldn’t bother to pull up your website once before the interview, chances are he’s not truly interested, detail oriented, or well prepared.

3. What salary do you need?

You’re not inviting a salary negotiation. You just want to know what salary the employee needs to cover his bills, what it takes to make salary the least of his concerns. This helps you take the focus away from money and lets him know that salary is not what’s important about what you have to offer–it’s the actual job that matters. Learn what the employee wants, and then direct the conversation back to the job itself.

4. How much money would you leave us for?

Present the candidate a hypothetical situation: He gets the job, with the exact salary he asked for, and loves everything about the company and position. Then, he gets a job offer from another company. How much money would he need to be offered–on top of the salary he requested–to take the other interview? This is hugely important, because a great candidate will say a job he loves is truly worth more than money (as long as it covers his expenses). A mediocre candidate will say double or triple the salary, and a bad candidate will say a dollar amount that’s less than double. You want to hire someone who doesn’t work just for money, someone for whom money isn’t a top priority if you take it off the table.

5. Has there ever been a time when your workday was over but your tasks weren’t finished? What did you do?

This question, will reveal if your candidate is truly a dedicated employee. A bad prospect will say he left the tasks until the next day; a great candidate will say the day isn’t done until the work is. You want someone who cares about helping your company, not someone who loses focus and skirts off at the very first opportunity.

6. How do you pick up the slack if a co-worker doesn’t finish a task?

Set up a scenario: Suppose the candidate is working on a project at 10 p.m. on a Friday and gets a call from an angry customer because someone on your team missed an important deadline. A great employee would take ownership of the task and do it himself. A mediocre one would write down the details and refer it to the co-worker, to be handled later. It’s important that an employee be able to take initiative–even if it means picking up the slack–for the good of the company.

  1. Can you solve this problem?

Set up a scenario: Suppose the candidate is working on a project at 10 p.m. on a Friday and gets a call from a customer who’s angry because someone on your team missed an important deadline. A great employee would take ownership of the task and do it himself. A mediocre one would write down the details and refer it to the co-worker, to be handled later. It’s important that an employee be able to take initiative–even if it means picking up the slack–for the good of the company.

Taking the time and thoughtful approach to interviewing your candidates will help you find the right personnel.

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Misconceptions That Will Keep You from Becoming a Good Public Speaker

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Becoming a Great Public Speaker

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When most people think of public speaking or becoming a public speaker or simply giving a presentation at work they think they have to come off with the talent of a Joel Osteen or a powerful corporate executive. Yes those people do possess a type of presence and charisma along with a powerful voice. This is a big misconception. We do have different personalities and the key is finding your voice and being able to reach an audience effectively with your personality type. First of all the reason you may lack the confidence is because you are measuring yourself against an ideal of the perfect public speaker as the aforementioned above, get rid of that notion right away, this is what will kill your confidence. I have taught many public speaking workshops and have witnessed many personalities – the successful participants are those that take their true personality and use the qualities that they possess to their benefit. For example a very cheery student used her friendly style to make the audience feel at ease. A more analytical student use his expertise informative style to impress us with his knowledge. This is why it is important to use your own style

Qualities of a Good Speaker

Think about what makes a good speaker. What makes you listen to what they have to say? How do they capture your attention? Effective public speakers establish rapport with their audience and engage them that’s what the “big guys “ do it’s just that they have made such a name for themselves you forget that they are simply using basic techniques to reach their audience. So how to do establish rapport with your audience? First of all you need to know your audience then connect to them with points of interest relative to what they had come to hear. Speakers like Tony Roberts or Joel Osteen have ready – made audiences because people are coming to hear them improve their lives so they simply site stories or examples that the audience can relate to throughout their speaking engagement. People relate to stories very easily because there are usually parts in a story that everybody can relate to. For example if you are telling a story of a time when you were driving down the road late on a snowy night on Christmas eve and almost got hit by an on – coming car going out of control because the streets were very icy and somehow you managed to avoid the accident. There are many things that people can relate to in that story even if they did not experience the same thing. They may have been in a fender- bender recently, they may have remembered a time when they were driving late on Christmas Eve, they remembered a time when they managed to avoid an accident, or may even recall a memory that they experienced on Christmas Eve. The point here is to be able to capture your audience and engage them and you will have won half the battle.

Characteristic of a Good Speaker

Another misconception is that you have to be perfect to be a good speaker. Sometimes the most perfect speakers are boring. The audience likes a speaker who can be human, if a speaker is talking over their head than he or she has not properly delivered their information. The thought making mistakes in front of an audience is very scary but once again it shows that you are human. If you can make a mistake then continue on with your speech the audience will not even give it a second thought and the experience will make you more at ease knowing that you will not be chastised by your audience.

The truth about being a good speaker not using someone else as a standard for your performance.

 

Important Considerations for Team Building in the Workplace

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Team Building in the Workplace

Team building team building for the workplaceis very important if you wish to extract the best out of your workforce. Employees are

urged to work smarter and not just harder, in an effort to deliver the desired results. Though it

definitely contributes in its own way, individual brilliance does not singlehandedly decide the

fate of an entire project. Almost always, it is the joint efforts (or the lack thereof) of the whole

team that eventually decide the success or failure of a project. In such cases, team building in

the workplace becomes absolutely essential for a number of reasons.

Why is Team Building Important

Team building in an office helps to foster better and open communication between the

employees themselves, as well as between the employees and the higher management. It

goes a long way in improving professional relations, understanding and co-operation, and this

is very much reflected in the quality of work being done. Team building in the workplace

significantly contributes towards employee motivation and building trust among the employees,

thereby ensuring better productivity.

Now that you are aware of the importance of team building for high performance, let us take a

look at some simple team building exercises in the workplace:

Simple Team Building Exercises in the Workplace

These are some common team building exercises for communication, success and improved

team performance. You should find the team building activity that suits your needs best and there are plenty to choose from.

  • Conduct Employee Feedback Activities: Employee surveys and feedback activities

are a great way of breaking the ice and encouraging the employees to speak freely. It

makes the employees feel wanted and gives them an assurance of the fact that their

opinions are valued.

  • Promote Informal Addressing: Step out of the traditional formal way of employee-boss

interaction and speak freely. This gives the employees a reassurance that you

are one among them and not a corporate Hitler. This will work to your advantage as it

will encourage open workplace communication, sharing of ideas, and will help to

maintain healthy work relations.

  • Organize a Day Trip: Reward your employees for the good work that they have done

in the past by organizing a day trip. Encourage employees to bring along their

spouses and children. It can be a welcome break from the daily work-related

pressures and can help fellow employees and their bosses to interact, bond, and get

to know each other better. This can, in many ways, translate into better returns at the

workplace.

  • Celebrate Each Other’s Success: Learn to appreciate and acknowledge each

other’s efforts. Also, celebrate the success of a job well done or a project delivered

well ahead of the deadline. This helps in wiping out any negativity and keeps the

team united.

  • Initiate Group Discussion Sessions: If you have a major project-related decision to

make, which you are not very sure about, try asking your employees for their views

on the subject. Have a group discussion on the matter and seek their suggestions

and opinions. In any case, it will be you yourself who has the last word, but this

particular gesture will promote teamwork, boost employee confidence and, once again,

make them feel valued and wanted.

Team Building through Corporate Hospitality Packages

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Team building activities

have proven time and again as effective tools for increasing productivity in any enterprise’s workforce. In recent years, team building packages have grown to be more sophisticated and fun thanks to the rise of new and creative ideas.

Needless to say, corporate team building packages are also making a major comeback to the market as more enterprises seek new ways to raise their productivity levels. The wide range of activities and elective incentives has not only strengthened the relationship between staff members but also has been able to improve customer loyalty when clients are invited to major events to get to know the staff on a personal level.

Even though giving out a free day off the regular daily work environment for team building can be highly beneficial to an enterprise, it is important to note that the success of the exercise will be determined by the expertise of the organizer and to a large extent, his imagination and creativity. It is therefore highly advised that as a business owner or the person/group in charge of organizing the team building exercise, one should take advantage of corporate hospitality packages from a reputable corporate hospitality company will the sole intent of making the function a success. This not only saves the time and effort of making complicated arrangements but it also places your goals in the hands of true professionals that can ensure the best outcome.

By having a good corporate hospitality company organizing a team building event, a lot of professional and expert partners are called upon in order to provide insightful and fresh ideas which are able to provide a fresh approach to both team building and entertainment. A good hospitality company will sit down with a representative of the business and relevant stakeholders such as event companies and come up with the aims and objectives the exercise wishes to achieve that particular day and the various activities that would help in achieving the set goals. This is important as different companies have different reasons as to why they want a team building exercise e.g.new art banner it can be as a reward or incentive or can be as a way to target specific team development areas. Additionally, it can be used to achieve a mixed agenda of employee and client relationship building.

 Before deciding on the activities of the day, it is important that the company discloses certain key information to the hospitality company which will be able to help them identify the best team building package that will suit the needs of the enterprise. The hospitality company will want to know the number of people that will attend the event, the duration of the event and most importantly the overall budget intended. If the hospitality company is flexible and renowned expert in their field, they will be able to work with the budget put forth by recommending the most appropriate activities that can accommodate the said budget.

Team building packages

usually consist of a wide selection of activities which may include: mental and physical challenges such as cross country races; corporate fun days; sports day-out e.g. taking the team to major games such the rugby championship, QIPCO Guineas Festival ,Wimbledon Championship; general team bonding; conferencing; dancing events; activity days just to mention a few. An experienced hospitality company will have many different options and access to many different major events.

So what objective have you set up? Are you looking for an activity that can handle a small group or a larger front? Perhaps you only need an event that will last for a few hours or a whole weekend. Which package is right and suitable for the business? These are all queries that should linger in your mind and which at the end of the day should effectively be communicated to the hospitality company in order for them to have a clear picture of what exactly is expected of the team building exercise.