Clients expect us, as external facilitators, to bring all the transformational fun and positive energy to every team building session. We have the experience and that is what we are paid to do. However, we wouldn’t be able to do this as effectively without the many people that step forward and try something new.
In this blog, I want to highlight examples of some of the people we meet before and during sessions that completely inspire us. Regularly, we witness fantastic examples of positive thinking and individuals stepping forward and inspiring other, which helps to move things to another level.
Every morning this week, we have surprised 70 delegates from one of the world’s leading luxury car manufacturers with a high-impact drumming energiser. From the moment we met our client, we knew it was going to be a great experience. A strong handshake and a beaming smile began the warmest of welcomes. We were inspired by the respect and admiration that our client showed to everyone, from his own executive team to a showroom cleaner. It was a lesson in creating a very positive atmosphere around you.
Especially with our rhythm-based options, there are specially-designed moments where we bring volunteers from the audience onto ‘the stage’ to help us prove a particular message or display a specific type of behaviour. These showcases are always fantastic fun for the volunteers and the audience, and are often see as the high points of the session.
While we have a complete understanding of what will happen next, our brave volunteers have no idea what is going on. They are in front of their peers and are expected to do strange things that we ask!
This week, we have had some amazing interactive volunteers. They came up, trusted the situation and just ‘went for it’, bringing the house down in tears of laughter and gaining immediate respect from all their colleagues.
In every group or organisation there are all types of people – from highly-reserved introverts to extreme extroverts, and everything in between! It is often expected that extroverts will shine in our highly dynamic sessions. However, with expert facilitation, the quieter and more reserved team members often stun their friends and colleagues.
This happened only yesterday as a 450-person conference was being transformed into a drumming orchestra. A slightly reluctant gentleman came on stage with our team to explore a rhythmical metaphor of passion. In less than one minute, his jacket was off and his gyrating body movements had everyone in fits of laughter. He earned a standing ovation!
Only later did I discover that he was one of the most respected and more serious members of the entire company. He is still all of those things but, judging by the comments he received, he is also a hero too!
To all our inspiring participants, a huge thank you for your trust and for making our job nothing but a pleasure.
About the author:
Mark Hunter is Head Facilitator of Creative Team Events. For more information about our team events, please contact us. Please don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list to receive our weekly blogs directly by email.