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Laughter

Someone said to me the other day “laughter is the best medicine” and it got me thinking…is it though? So of course, I did some googling and it turns out it really does help. This is what google told me:

When you laugh, your body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It’s true: laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body.

So, I thought I’d put it to the test myself & see how people’s moods change during some of our team bonding events. I hosted one of our popular Game Show events tonight & when everyone walked into the room I could tell they were a little ‘down’ when they were told they were here for some team building activities (understandable I know!). However, after getting the teams up & moving around the room playing some silly games, laughter filled the room. During our grand finale “project runway”, to our Game Show I even saw a tear (of joy) running down one ladies face from laughing so much. This brought me great joy personally.

At the end of the evening, everyone was in such a good mood & genuinely enjoyed themselves & this really made me start to think – laughter really is the best medicine.

So if your team is feeling a bit glum – then book your next team building event with us. We can guarantee to bring the laughter!!

Virtual Team Building Screen

Well one thing we can all agree on is that the world looks & feels a little different these days. I guess a little thing like a global pandemic would have that affect. 

One thing that we have certainly noticed is that businesses are operating differently than before & at least for the moment, that looks like remaining. More & more people are still working from home, or are heading into the city / office on a roster based arrangement. This is great for work/life balance but through all this one thing has brought to the forefront of managers minds & that is team building! Team morale is hard to achieve & maintain when you’re not actually seeing anyone you work with. 

Enter tailored team buildings virtual team building activities!!! 

We work with a number of clients situated all around Australia (and globally to be fair) where their teams are spread across cities, states & even countries. We have transformed some of our popular face to face events into virtual team building events, including online game show, online amazing race, online survivor, and many more. We can also work with your team to customize an online team building event specifically for your team. We have even run online tournament’s over a number of weeks for teams. 

Put simply – we just love working with businesses to bring their people together, regardless if that’s face to face or over a computer screen in our best zoom attire (business on top, pjs & fluffy slippers on the bottom). 

So call us to chat about your next team building event! 

Line of people at the airport

It’s fair to say that I have spent a huge amount of time sitting in airports around the world. Its also fair to say that when I retired from a career at sea, I thought I had left airports behind! However, since starting Tailored Team Building, I seem to be again sleeping in hotel rooms and racking up the air miles.

The difference is that this time I get to travel to run events and thoroughly enjoy myself, rather than the travel being an arduous, long journey simply to join another ship.

I enjoy airports. I am one of these people who happily arrives hours before a flight (even a domestic flight) and happily wanders around, looking in shops or finding a quiet spot to catch up on emails. Occasionally you may even find me warming a seat at an airport bar. I also enjoy chatting to people. I find that travelers are more likely to talk in an airport.

Last week I was at Brisbane airport having spent two days planning and then running events around the city. It had been a long couple of days and I spotted a large TV showing a footy match live (helped that it was my team playing) in a jovial little bar. I went and found a seat at a table among similar travelers watching the game. Now, remember I had come straight from a Corporate Amazing Race and was still in my Tailored Team Building uniform polo shirt.  So the gentleman opposite me looked at the logo on my shirt, read the phrase “Team Building” and very obviously rolled his eyes with a sigh. Now I am not one to leave an opportunity alone and smiled in a friendly manner at him and said “I know! No one likes Team Building!”…and we started to chat.

So Patrick used to work for a photocopy company, back in the day when sales teams had a lot of “Team Building Experiences” thrown at them. He told me that he went on a survival course in the bush once with twenty other sales reps and spent the whole time being bitten by random unseen creatures. Patrick had also done every one of the old cliche Team Building activities – trust falls, obstacle courses, human pyramids, lost at sea scenarios….

This response is something we come across all the time. People hear or read the words Team Building and immediately lower their eyes, worried they are going to be volunteered for some embarrassing task! And this is where we are different and exactly WHY we are different.

The first stage of any event is a chat, preferably over a video call. The reason we do this is so we can get to know “Patrick” and the things they hate about Team Building, what they have done before and what they are expecting from their experience. This allows to us completely Tailor every event.