Do team building away days work?

Posted by on May 10, 2016

I suppose as someone who designs and delivers team building away days I should answer “ Of course they do, just sign the contract here and here please” (Actually we don’t ask you to sign a contract, an email confirmation and a deposit to secure the date in our diary will do) Being realistic though, it really does depend upon the expectations you had about the outcomes. For example if the team has issues with the way the way communicate with each other, how work well they work together as a team (rather than a collection of individuals) or perhaps there are some personality clashes, the...

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How much does an away day for a GP surgery cost?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016

This is a much easier question to answer than the previous blog because there are more known factors. When working with GP surgeries numbers tend to be less than thirty which of course impacts upon what we know will charge. Another know factor is what we deliver during the half/whole day. We have developed a programme that has worked incredibly well and therefore most of the design work has already been done. Around this basic format it is quite easy for us to tailor a half/whole day for a surgery. Another factor is that we are committed to working within the NHS and have developed a strategy...

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How much does a team building away day cost?

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016

Very much like the question “How long is a piece of string” there is no defined answer. There are however several factors that affect price and so knowing what these are, can give you a better idea of what you can get for your money. Number of people. As a general rule, the greater the number of people, the lower the cost per head. Event management companies like any organisation will have an initial cost they need to recover and of course there will be costs relating specifically to your away day. The cost of a venue, the appropriate number of facilitators required, travel costs, use of...

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Could a motivating team building session work for our Health and Safety Group?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016

Before Christmas we were asked this question by Linden Ruskin the chair of Avon Occupational Safety & Health Group (AOSH). She wanted to know if we were able to deliver a Facing Challenges, circus skills session for her group, but with an emphasis on Health and Safety issues. We like a challenge, so after a little research, I designed a session that addressed the issue of how attitude and approach impacts upon changing attitudes to how health and safety is viewed. The session went brilliantly well and here are the comments from Linden. Photos from the session can be viewed at...

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How do I organise a team building away day?

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015

It would seem it has never been easier. A quick google search using the terms “ team building away days” produces 13,100,000 results in 0.58 seconds. With so much choice, how can you be sure you are going to achieve the outcomes you want? Why not before you work your way through page one of Google, ask yourself, What is this day all about? Is it the annual bash for the organisation? Is it a reward for a team that has done well? Is it about assembling a new team for a specific project? Are they the remains of a team after a restructuring programme? Each of these scenarios require a...

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Cold Calling – another top tip

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015

I expect we have all been cold called by someone who didn’t worry too much about getting our name right before launching into their prepared speil. What sort of impression are we left with? Is that inattention to such an important detail an indication of how good any after sales service will be? For me the starting point of effective cold calling is all about being organised and making use of a carefully managed database. I believe in keeping great records and before every call I have a read through which not only refreshes the mind but also gives a focus to the call. Is it a call to keep...

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