Free Team Building Session By Professionals*

I saw an interesting post today on Facebook from a close friend. It reads, “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

That is so true about things in life. If we keep finding excuses to not do the things that are important to us, over time, those things will either become not important to us or we would have missed the right timing to do those things at the opportune time.

A client once told me this true story. He said that they did a research in USA on oil rigs with half of them going through a team building session at the start of their operations and the other half without. They concluded that the rig staff that went through a team building session worked better and closer together and were more efficient compared to the oil rigs that did not go through a similar session.

Free Team Building* by Professionals

If you think that having a team building event is important to you right now, but you can’t afford one at the moment, we’ve got good news for you, we are going to help you find a way.

If you really need a team building session or facilitator but cannot afford the fees, write to us and explain to us why you should receive a free team building session from us.

Tell Us Why You Should Receive a Free Team Building Session*

We will review the requests on a case by case basis and will recommend suitable activities for your group. We are in the business of building teams, which means, we help our clients build their teams and we get remunerated by doing this, so obviously we cannot conduct free team building sessions for everyone that writes in.

However, it is our 10th anniversary this year and we have been blessed to be professional team building specialists for over a decade. We love organising corporate team building sessions and we are pretty good at it. We have assisted numerous organisations in their team building sessions, ranging from basic fun team bonding sessions to sessions to incorporate mission, vision and values statements to problem solving to conflict resolution sessions. We are looking at how we can draw on our experiences to give back to society.

Write to us via email (the address is enquiryATsingaporeteambuildingDOTcom. replace “AT” with “@” and “DOT” with “.”), do include the following information:
1. Number of participants
2. What do they do at work
3. When do you need the team building session
4. What is the budget you have
5. What work related issues do they face
6. Current year and previous year’s P&L, Balance Sheet and Cashflow statements

After reviewing your case and getting management approval, we will offer either a free team building session; or full fees on deferred payment scheme; or discounted packages based on our recommended programmes.

Typically, special team building packages are offered to organisations with cash flow or profitability issues and are likely occur on weekdays except Fridays (Mondays through Thursdays) only, due to peak periods on Fridays and weekends.

*Conditions apply and subject to management approval for free, discounted and deferred payment scheme for team building sessions.

 

 

Outdoor Team Building in Sanya

If you have visited all of our neighbouring countries and you’re running out of ideas for your retreat, why not consider Sanya? It only takes 3.5 hours to get there from Singapore! Located in the southermost tip of Hainan Province, China’s only tropical island, Sanya has emerged as a popular tourist destination, also serving as the training site of the Chinese national beach volleyball team. Needless to say, this city is definitely ideal for outdoor team building activities (especially at the beach)!

Raft Play!
We conducted this outdoor team building activity at the private bay of Mandarin Oriental Sanya, for a group size of 80+ pax. The participants were divided into 8 teams, each given the task of building one raft with limited resources (i.e. cardboard boxes, tapes, strings) given. Some participants were skeptical of the objective and wondered if the task of supporting two adults on cardboard boxes was possible. The raft needs to float at least 2 persons with oars, from one shoreline to another. However, with only a limited time frame of 1.5 hours, the teams had no time for hesitation and got on to drawing out their plan.

After endless efforts of attaching the carton boxes to one another under the sun, to their surprise, the physically drained-out teams were told to combine their half-done rafts. Upon hearing this, despite being covered in perspiration and reluctance, the participants quickly dragged their rafts closer to each other and discussed on the new structure.

The whistle blew in the midst of decoration work. Leaving behind the rolls of tapes and balls of strings, teams brought their rafts down to the sea to race to get to the other end. Volunteers were mostly ladies, as they were afraid that the heavier men would sink the rafts, which would lead to disqualification. Full of apprehension, the petite men and ladies got on to the rafts and started rowing. Watching the rafts moving smoothly over a distance of at least 5 metres, the other participants standing on the beach, were beaming with both excitement and relief. They did make it after all.

Raft play, is an activity which challenges participants mentally, as well as physically. It encourages good teamwork and planning, quick implementation of ideas and sharing of resources. It is suitable for group sizes ranging from 10 to 300.

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Captain’s Relay
This activity was conducted at the function room of Mandarin Oriental Sanya, but it can also be conducted at the beach area, if you would prefer the companion of the sun, sea and sand. All you need is a large clearing area. You don’t even need to bring along your slippers, if the sand is very soft and friendly to touch. In a sunny island like, Singapore, we always recommend sun block lotion for our participants, change of clothes, as well as lots of water the night before.

Again, in teams, participants would compete against each other in a series of short games. Scores will be computed for every activity to determine the winner, and the winning team is determined by the highest number of points earned.

The assortment of existing activities to choose from are:
(a)   Flip It
(b)   Balloon Raid
(c)   Human Centipede
(d)   Sponge Relay
(e)   Blind Squares
(f)    Ping Pong Panic

The above activities require coordination, teamwork, communication , planning, strategy and  encouragement. We can control how physical the games are by choosing the types of challenges played. Depending on the fitness level of the participants and the weather, ample
breaks will be given. It is suitable for group sizes ranging from 10 to 250.

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Synergy Race

Synergy Race – the flagship “Amazing Race” type team building activity by änergy

There is something about the age-old game of “treasure hunt”, that compels people to move from one location to another, to “hunt” for a certain item, thereby completing a task.

The American broadcasting television network, CBS certainly knows a thing or two about this thrill, as they have made that childhood game into a reality TV series, popularly known as The Amazing Race. Currently at 22 seasons, and counting, this is one game that builds on the excitement of hunting, doing activities and completing a race.

Many variations have spunned out from this interactive game, and various countries have adopted it and localised the activity for themselves. In the team building community, this is one of our flagship programs, where we have done 400+ races and counting for the past 10 years.

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While the concept is similar to the TV show, over here at änergy, the activites are not as death-defying as walking across a tightrope, swimming with crocodlies…or was that from Fear Factor? But to encourage team work and a sense of achievement, we have come up with activities that promotes participation from the team, which are mid-intensity and is suitable for anyone who is able to go to work on a daily basis. Meaning, if going to work is the most physical activity that you do on a regular basis, then the Synergy Race is for you and your colleagues!

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Over the past 10 years, we have re-worked this team building activity and have customized races to suit our client’s needs and objectives. One example, is incorporating cultural elements to the race, which is a popular choice for companies who have visiting counterparts from other countries. Not only will the foreign participants get to sight-see in the midst of the race, there are cultural activities such as consuming a local snack, playing a local game, singing a local song that they can do to get a glimpse of local cultures in whichever country the race is held in.

Regardless of the weather, except when there are lightning flashes and howling winds, the activity  can still be carried out, as the stations will be located at sheltered areas and each person will be given a piece of poncho each to keep dry. Of course, we have seen participants dashing through the rain in enthusiasm as nothing could deter them from completing the race.

The Synergy Race program is suitable for groups as small as 10 pax or less, to as large a group as 200 pax. Do enquire with us to find out more! write to us at enquiryATsingaporeteambuildingDOTcom.

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Ultimate Roadster

Ultimate Roadster

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A sports car?  A go-kart? A swanky sedan? It’s all up to your imagination when it comes to our Ultimate Roadster teambuilding activity. Employing the use of ordinary materials such as carton boxes, teams are given the task to construct from scratch a really mobile kart!

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Recently, this team building activity was conducted in Xiamen, China for a group of 300+ pax. The event was held indoors, and a large ballroom was cleared of furniture to accommodate the activity. It was a blast as the event kicked off with mass games, and the whole group of 300+ were divided up into 3 smaller groups and the atmosphere was electric as competition abounded with cheers and applause and some playful jeering at each other filled the air.

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When the Ultimate Roadster activity was introduced, everyone was listening intently to the instructions, and once the materials were given out, the task was underway! Over a course of 2 hrs, the task was further challenged when surprise tasks were introduced to up the excitement and to bring the teams beyond what they thought they could achieve initially.

When all was taped down and secured, the karts were ready to go and a mini race-track was created in the middle of the ballroom for the Ultimate Roadster race! Teams revved up their engines with their legs, and once the horn was sounded, the karts ploughed through the room and the fastest kart emerged victorious!

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Ultimate Roadster, a structure building activity that encourages teams to strategize, plan and build towards a common goal together, is one team building activity that can be done indoors, or outdoors with a large clearing space. This activity is suitable for groups as small as 10 pax and as large as 300 pax.

Ideas for Team Building

Preparing team building games for adults is not easy, the task has to be complex enough for them to be interested and the rules have to be clear. If you are cracking your head trying to figure out team building ideas for your up coming meeting as an ice breaker or team building activity, here are some ideas that you may consider.

Do note that if you are not experienced in conducting groups activities for adults, do round up a few friends and get them to try it out for you so that you have a good sense of how it will work out and if you need to make any adjustments to the instructions. It will also give you an idea of stuff that you may not think of when preparing for the event.

You may also want to read our article on Optimal approach to organising team building for adults

1. Tallest Tower
The materials required for this indoor team building game is simple – a packet of marsh mallows for each team and disposable wooden skewers (or satay stick as we affectionately call them in South East Asia). The rule is to built the tallest tower with ONLY the given materials in a given time, say 30mins. Teams will be graded based on height and aesthetics.

A similar game can be done by using some sheets from magazines, newspaper and drinking straws as materials.

2. Do You Know…
This activity is great as an indoor team game especially if you have space constraints. Prepare a set of general knowledge questions of varied genre. People love to solve questions. Have some of them in multiple choices and some as “true or false” questions. This will give them a fighting chance even if they have no clue at all about the topic.

If you have new colleagues in the group, you can also find out some interesting facts about them beforehand and include them as questions to the rest of the group. For example, “which of the following people do you think was a president’s scholar?” (then list the new colleagues’ names as multiple choice answers). Or “Who do you think can play the violin?”. Adding these questions will help the group get to know the new colleagues.

You probably need about 20 or so questions for a 30 minutes segment but do prepare a few more in advance, you can always skip them if there is not enough time to finish all the questions.

3. Celebrity Bingo
This activity will require some pre-work. You will need to send out a list of questions to each of the meeting participant and also compile the results and keep them handy so you can mark the answer scripts.

It does like this. You print out questions about individuals in a grid say 9 by 9 or 15 by 15. Participants are suppose to go around the room to try and get the person who is described in the box to sign in that box. This activity will get participants get to know some interesting fact about a few other people and it will get the conversation going. Some questions you may use are, “who keep 2 pet turtles as pets?”, “who stays with his parents?” and “who runs 5km every day”.

The winner is the person who can form the longest connect boxes on the grid either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. You will have to take note that the participants can ONLY sign in the box according to the answers that they have sent to you, or this will not work properly.

4. Back to School Games
Yes, believe it or not, we have conducting “back to school” team building activities for our corporate clients. Here are some ideas for indoor team building if you have an informal group:

a) Paper Toss
I remember an iPhone app called “paper toss” that was top games download for quite a while some time back. I believe at that time it was mostly adults who were playing this game. Real paper toss can be quite interesting if you get the different team members to take turns to toss. You can also have a few levels of difficulty by varying the distance.

b) Chalk Pyramid
Using chalk as material, teams are supposed to build a wall that is as tall as possible in 10mins.

c) Five Stones
This is a classic popular with girls and some boys who like to hangout with girls in primary school. The “five stones” are actually little bean bags in pyramid shape with about 3cm sides. the five stones are stacked nicely and held on the palm of the hand, tossed upwards and balanced on the back of the hand, then toss up a second time to be caught by a downward catch. The score is the number of stones caught.

d) Spot the difference
You can either make your own changes to a selected picture (which can be more interesting if it is a picture of the team). If you wish to make your own changes, you can use graphic editing software like “Paint” or “Adobe Photoshop Elements”, or any other graphic editing tools that comes bundled with your computer or laptop. Do remember save the picture as a new file before you start to edit.

e) Sport Stacking
This sport is also known as cup stacking or speed stacking. Participants will need to and unstack the cups in particular sequences. Using only plastic cups, you could get participants to try their hand at Sport Stacking. The actual competition uses 12 cups but you could do a simplified one that uses maybe only 6 cups. If you are interested in this game, you can find a demo on Youtube easily.

Facilitating team building games takes practice and if you keep doing it, you will get better at it, as with everything else.

 

 

Luxurious Team Building venues (Part 2)

Here are some great indoor team building venues we have worked with in the past. They are all choice venues for any of our indoor team building activities. The following seminar packages are priced between S$105++ to S$120++ per pax for full day options.

1) The Fullerton Hotel

Originally the General Post Office, this historical building was converted into a hotel, with most of its special architectural features retained and restored. On top of the breathtaking architecture, the hotel overlooks the Singapore River, offering splendid views of Marina Bay. It is located in the heart of the Central Business District and within walking distance from Raffles Place MRT station. Choices may seem limited with only nine function rooms, but please be rest assured that every one is distinctively furnished and well-equipped to cater to your team building event needs, with the capacity of up to 304 participants.

Seminar packages rates are at S$90++ for half-day and S$105++ for full day.

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Address: 1 Fullerton Square Singapore 049178. Contact: 6877-8119

2) The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

Set in the heart of Marina Centre and situated close to the Central Business District, Ritz-Carlton is surrounded by seven acres of lushly landscaped tropical gardens and it offers unobstructed views of the city skyline and Marina Bay. The hotel is adjcent to Promenade MRT station and it is within walking distance of the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Suntec City) and the Singapore Arts Centre. Voted as the best meetings and incentives venue by industry publications, the award-winning hotel offers more than 35,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting rooms, with the capacity of maximum 1000 pax.

Seminar packages rates are at S$90++ for half-day and S$105++ for full day.

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Address: 7 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039799. Contact: 6434-5037/ 6337-8888

3) The St. Regis Singapore

Sitting at the fringe of Orchard Road, St. Regis is a landmark of exquisite ambience, housing one of Asia’s finest private art collections. Just a 10-minute stroll away, you can find the lush greeneries of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Orchid Garden. The hotel offers five luxuriously appointed meeting rooms, which are able to accomodate between 12 to 100 pax. These rooms can be configured to your team buillding needs and specifications, with the assistance of their event specialists.

Seminar packages rates are at S$95++ for half-day and S$120++ for full day.

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Address: 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911. Contact: 6506-6820

Luxurious Team Building venues (Part 1)

The following seminar packages are priced between S$80++ to S$105++ per pax for full day options. These are great indoor team building venues you may consider and are all managed by reputable hotels.

1) Grand Copthorne Waterfront

Located ideally near the Central Business District, Waterfront Conference Centre has been a popular option among businesses based in the city area. It is situated along the historic Singapore River, at the corner of Havelock Road and Kim Seng Road, only a few minutes away from Orchard Road. This city hotel features 34 meeting rooms that can accommodate the varying needs of your team building events/ activities. For group sizes ranging between 10-900, this is one venue you can definitely consider.

Seminar packages rates are at S$80++ for half-day and $90++ for full day.

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Address: 392 Havelock Road Singapore 169663. Contact: 6233-1302

2) Mandarin Oriental Hotel

With a sensational view of Singapore, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, is one of our highly recommended locations for your company retreat, especially for your overseas counterparts. It is centrally located on Marina Square and across from the Esplanade, allowing spectacular views of the Singapore skyline. Offering five different types of function rooms, each with its own style, flexibility and space, this luxury hotel is suitable for indoor team building activities conducted in group sizes ranging from 21 to 240 pax.

Seminar packages rates are at S$85++ for half-day and $105++ for full day.

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Address: 5 Raffles Ave, Marina Square, Singapore 039797. Contact: 6885-3529

Raffles Convention Centre

Strategically situated at the heart of Singapore, the Raffles City Convention Centre offers convenient access to public transportation and presents a good selection of meeting rooms for your workshops/ team building activities. Offering more than 70,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the Raffles Convention Center is equipped with 27 meeting rooms that cater for a capacity of 10 to 1800 pax. It is most ideal for mid-sized workshops and large events. If you wish to spend the night out shopping with your colleagues, you can pop by Raffles City Shopping Mall, which is just next-door.

Seminar packages rates are at S$85++ for half-day and $105++ for full day.

Additional charges for screen and projector are + 80++ and + 1950++, respectively.

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Address: 80 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189560. Contact: 6431-5558

Team Building Venues in Fort Canning Park and Sentosa

The following seminar packages are priced between S$80++ to S$105++ per pax for full day options.

1) The Legends at Hotel Fort Canning

The Legends at Fort Canning is centrally located near Orchard Road, Singapore and is a short walk from Dhoby Gaut MRT station cutting through Park Mall.

Set adjacent to the boutique hotel Hotel Fort Canning, The Legends is a prestigious venue for conferences and meetings and especially team building events. Right next to Fort Canning Park, indoor team building activities can be carried out within the cool air-conditioned function rooms, and  the choice to go outdoors for some activities is but a walk away to Fort Canning Park,

Seminar packages rates are at S$70++ for half-day and $80++ for full day. Minimum group size is 10 pax and maximum is 460 pax

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Address : 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881. Contact : +65 6559 6785

2) Siloso Beach Resort

Set in the heart of Siloso Beach, the most happening beach out of 3 in Sentosa, Siloso Beach Resort offers a resort-style venue that caters to team building events with an island feel.

Easily accessible upon entering Sentosa, via the Beach Trams (Siloso Beach line), Siloso beach Resort offers function rooms that are walk able to the beach, which are perfect for team building programs which requires an indoor venue yet being close to the sun, sand and sea.

Seminar packages rates are at S$75++ for half-day and $85++ for full day. The venue can host up to a maximum of 350 pax

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Address : 51 Imbiah Walk Sentosa Singapore 099538. Contact : +65 6722 3356

3) Sentosa Golf Club

One of the most prestigious golf club in Singapore, Sentosa Golf Club located in the idyllic part of Sentosa island, offers private function rooms for a wide rang of events and team building events. From a minimum of 10 pax to a corporate function of 330 pax, the golf club offers a wide range of rooms and even an all-glass Sentosa Pavilion overlooking the commanding view of the Serapong Golf Course.

Having been a faithful partner of Anergy Fun Engineers for the past 10 years, Sentosa Golf club does not fail to impress as dedicated staff are on hand to meet any function requirements. Not forgetting to mention, their extensive choice of menus to satisfy hungry participants will keep bodies and minds going so that you can focus on the team building activities.

Seminar packages rates are at S$75++ for half-day and $85++ for full day. Minimum group size is 10 pax and maximum is 330 pax.

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Address : Sentosa Golf Club. 27 Bukit Manis Road Singapore 099892 Contact : +65 6373 7135

4) Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa

The beachfront line of the the Shangri-La brand of hotel needs little introduction. The only hotel with it’s own private beach in Singapore offers not just an amazing view of the sea, but a relaxing atmosphere perfect for team building activities.

From indoor team building activities held in their luxurious function rooms, to outdoor activities on their private beach, this is a venue that strives to meet your team building needs so you can focus on enjoying the day. Options for private themed-dinners by the beach or pool can also be arranged.

Seminar packages rates are at S$95++ for half-day and $105++ for full day. The venue can hosts up to a maximum of 380 pax.

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Address : 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa Singapore 098970. Contact : 6371 2959

Versatile Team building Venues

The following team building venues are priced between a minimum spend of S$3,000++ to S$10,000++ for venue rental & meals. The bookings are either private booking or a section will be closed for your group, depending on group size.

Verve Pizzeria at One North & Marina Bay Sands

An inviting & elegant restaurant that overlooks the lush greenery along Slim Barracks Rise, Verve Pizzeria One North serves up delicious Italian cuisine. Verve Pizza Bar at Marina Bay Sands offers an alfresco dining by the bay, overlooking the playful fountains at Marina Bay Sands.

Riding on their motto of  “simple things done right”, you can be treated to a fuss-free menu filled with homemade pastas, pizzas and the like.

The restaurants can be transformed seamlessly into a function venue for team building events, where the best of both worlds, i.e, a quiet retreat away from the busyness of the city pared with an exquisite meal can be found at the Verve.

With just a minimum of 20 pax, a section of the restaurant can be closed up for a private function. The entire restaurant can be closed off to sit a maximum of 140 pax. A minimum spend between S$3,000++ to S$10,000++ is required, depending on the number of people and area required.

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Address : Verve Pizzeria @ One North, 11 Slim Barracks Rise Singapore 138664 Contact : +65 9773 0267

Address : Verve Pizza Bar @ Marina Bay Sands, 11 Marina Boulevard Ground Floor Marina Bay City Gallery Singapore 018940 Contact : +65 9773 0267

Starting a Team Building Session

How we start off a team building session is important. Starting off a team building session on the right note allows participants to “break the ice” with one another, get an idea of what the session is about and ideally get introduced to the main concept of the activities or discussions that follow. Below are some ways you can kick off a team building session or simply to improve your team building skill.

1) Using a short video

Using a short video that represents the concepts that our about to reinforce can capture the attention and imagination of the audience. With the wifi, 3G or even 4G connection, you can easily find interesting clips on YouTube, Youku and Metacafe, you can easily find short video clips on motivation, leadership, team building and even clips on the corporate values of well known corporations. Ideally, the video should not be too long, between 5-10mins or some participants who have had not enough rest might start dozing off.

2) Starting With an Ice Breaker 

Ice breakers or short team building activities are a great way to start off a team building session, meeting or even training. Here are a few short ice breakers you may consider:

a) Make this amount
Get participants to take out their loose change to form specific amounts of money like $2.95 or $3.55 or $0.45. The team with the correct amount should bring the money to a specifc person in the room and you should specify how many correct entries you will be taking. this activity drives home the simple point that “together we can achieve”.

b) Trivial Competition
Interesting facts about interesting or famous people, animals, plants or even insects can get the instant attention of the audience at a meeting. You may also try to start a mini-competition among the teams so the participants’ senses will be heightened and they will be open to concepts that you are trying to reinforce.

i) Colonel Sanders (of KFC fame) held odd jobs like being a steamboat pilot, insurance salesman, railroad fireman, and farmer before starting a restaurant in Kentucky. He started the franchise business after his restaurant failed at the age of 65.

ii) In the animal kingdom, predators that work together like lions, african wild dogs and killer whales have much better success rates at catching preys compared to those that do not. In fact, African wild dogs have a success rate 50% because they take turns to lead the team when chasing prey.

iii) 30 giant hornets can wipe out 30,000 European honey bees and plunder their hive for larvae and honey within a few hours. Japanese honey bees have developed a defense against this by killing the scout of the giant honey bee through team work.

c) Electric Current
You will need a big coin for this activity. Split the participants into 2 teams, get them to join hands and close their eyes with exception of the first person. Tell the participants that the con represents a switch and identify which side is “on” and which is “off”. As you toss the coin, the first team member will decide if the coin is “on” or “off” and if it is on, they will squeeze the hand of their “blind” team member.

The “blind” members will simply pass the current down to the last person can stand up, raise his hand or shout out a slogan loudly. First team with the last member completing that action wins a point. This activity shows that in order for a team to function well, every team member is important. If there is a spot where the “current” cannot pass through, then the action cannot be completed.

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3) Engaging the audience in an exercise
The following exercise is called “High & Low”, it is a very interesting exercise that I picked up while attending an NLP course conducted by Brad Greentree of Tad James and Company in Australia (i’m not sure if he or Tad James or neither of them invented this but I did learnt it from them).

Being an NLP course, this activity drives home the point that “your thinking affects your behaviour”. It proves it to them (or at least most of them).

Ask the participants to close their eyes and imagine that  a large helium balloon is tied to their left hand and their right hand is carrying a heavy load. Gradually increase the weight of the heavy load and the size of the helium balloon (or number of balloons). After a while, you will see the left hand of the participants rising up and the right hand of the participants sinking down. This is based on the simple truth that our brain controls our body functions and if we imagine something or believe something enough, our body will act it out as if it is real. Do take note that this activity will work 100% of the time ONLY on participants that will follow your instructions.

4) Telling a Story
People love to hear stories. Good stories, that is, and told in an interesting and meaningful way. Many good team building trainers are excellent story tellers. Good story telling skills come with practice. A good story teller can use a few technique to engage the participants.

Metaphors are stories that help us understand a moral or value in an unintimidating way. A good example is the story of “The Tortoise and The Hare” – tells us that arrogance can be a stumbling block if we are not careful. “Three Little Pigs” help us understand from a young age that it is good to be hardworking. We all know that tortoises and hares do not race one another in real life and pigs don’t build houses but precisely because the characters are not real, our minds are put in a “pretend mode”. In NLP, this is called “suspended disbelieve” it happens all the time when we are watching movies. It is shown that in this mode, our brains are more open to new ideas and concepts. This is the reason why corporations (and sometimes governments) pay huge sums of moneys to get product placements in popular moives.

An interesting case is in “Pirates of Carribean: At World’s End”, Sao Feng (played by Chow Yun-Fat) makes mention of a particular country. Ever wondered why did the director or script writer choose that country out of all the countries in the world? Some speculate that it was a paid endorsement and what a smart way to get the world’s attention (if it was indeed an endorsement)!

We trust this article has given you a few interesting ways of starting your team building session or meeting and engaging your audience in a meaningful way.