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Team Building Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

October 2019

To inspire your team to celebrate collaboration, we have gathered some of our favourite Team Building quotes. The success of many organisations rests on the ability to build effective teams. Here at KDM, we assist companies and their employees to learn how to function effectively as a team and refocus on their objectives. Having a full understanding of how to create a team which works is our speciality. 

Here are 10 Team Building quotes from well-known, athletes, business leaders, authors and politicians to drive and motivate your team members to build on internal relationships.  Add them to your team’s daily mantra today!

 

Team Building Quotes

The nicest thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.  – Margaret Carty 

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. – Henry Ford 

 

Illustration of wheel speeding away. Details team building quote from Henry Ford
 

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. – Andrew Carnegie

The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first. – Lyania Vanzant 

Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people. – Steve Jobs 

When you start out in a team, you have to get the teamwork going and then you get something back. – Micheal Schumacher

Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much. – Helen Keller

 

Illustration of ants building bridge.  Details team building quote from Helen Keller

 

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. – Micheal Jordan 

Continuous learning leads to continuous improvement. Commit yourself to advance your knowledge. skills, and expertise… Be a lifelong student. – Pam Alabaster

It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improve most effectively have prevailed. – Charles Darwin 

 

Our top 10 would not be complete without a quote from our Managing Director, Brad Davies

Escaping the office, experiencing a unique activity and laughing with colleagues has a value that cannot be under-estimated. Whether it be increased morale, greater understanding, stronger relationships or reduced employee turnover.. an enjoyable team activity beats continual death by PowerPoint any day of the week! – Brad Davies

 

Illustration of skulls and cross bones on a desktop screen. Details team building quote from KDM Managing Director Brad Davies
 

Why not download our PDF and share your team members. KDM INSPIRATIONAL TEAM BUILDING QUOTES

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Christmas Team Building – The Top 5

September 2019

Find the perfect Christmas team building activity for your next event.

Try something different this festive period and add some cheer to your annual gathering. Add one of our festive team building activities to make your Christmas get-together more productive. Including a team build into your itinerary will help boost your teams Christmas Spirit, at the same time encouraging collaboration and teamwork.

We have a whole host of Christmas activities and entertainment to choose from. Read on, for the very best Christmas Team Building options, KDM Event’s TOP 5!

Empty wooden table for present product on coffee shop or soft drink bar blur background with bokeh image.

Festive Barista Experience 

Wake up and smell the coffee! In fact, why not grind, blend, pour and taste it while you’re at it? This is your chance to try your hand at creating your own espresso blend and learning the intricate art of the Barista with a Christmas twist.

Guests will be provided with all the knowledge and equipment necessary to develop a wonderful array of coffee-based beverages. Of course, this is a Festive Coffee Experience! All the extra special ingredients to make wonderful seasonal tastes such as ginger, chestnut, hazelnut and cinnamon come as standard…along with decorations!

 

Mulled Wine Tasting 

A Christmas Team Building favourite, this is a 90-minute vino trip to remember! Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a relative novice, this dip into the fascinating world of wine will leave your taste buds wanting more! Our award-winning sommelier hosts the pre-dinner event allowing your guests to sample and enjoy wines from around the world. Eyeballing, swirling, sniffing and swishing will all become second nature as you attempt to identify the bouquet, the after-taste and even the colour of the fabulous selection on offer including the special festive mulled treats.

Ice Sculpting

Bring something unique to this year’s December conference. The ‘Team Ice Challenge’ is a great teambuilding session with the versatility to be used as either a fun break out session or a fully involved event.

After an inspirational demonstration, teams will have the opportunity to ‘try their hands’ at carving a masterpiece ice sculpture! Using the carving kits provided, including chisels, leather gloves and goggles, teams must follow directions to successfully carve their creations. Why not take a look at our event video here

 

Santa Sleigh Build 

‘Santa’s Sleigh’ is a fantastic, fun-filled Christmas Team Building event designed to challenge teams to work together. Involving elements of innovation, creativity, teamwork and ‘driving’ skill – your guests will find an area to excel in! Teams will be required to build their own sleigh using the kit provided to them. It’s then a race against the clock to strip and rebuild their sleighs to win points as the fastest pit crew. Teams then use their creative skills to transform their sleigh into a machine that Santa would be proud of! With the ultimate dream machines created, it’s time for the MOT before teams compete in the Christmas Present Dash. 

Merry Mega Quiz  

Bring teams together for an interactive evening of Christmassy fun this is an event to remember! Incorporating all things Christmas the event includes a Trivia round, Christmas Movies, The Price is Right (Christmas presents & stocking fillers!) and Yuletide Food & Drink. Between these themed rounds, we allow for those who may have Christmas fatigue by including general rounds of observation, history, geography and a good old-fashioned pen and paper round.

Will you win the Merry Mega Quiz Championship title?

 

Of course, this isn’t all of our Christmas offerings. Visit our Christmas Party Idea’s page here for more inspiration 


Lets Talk Team Building – Heythrop Park

August 2019

Drive and motivate your team with a unique team building event at one of the country’s finest venues. 

Outside shot of Heythrop Hall and Venue Of The Month Banner

We regularly host all types of team building activities at Heythrop Park Resort throughout the year. We can provide everything from intimate team away days to large 650+ corporate family fun days. Our long-standing relationship with Heythrop Park as a regular supplier means that we are well versed with the venue, its activity sites and their procedures. Delivering peace of mind to our clients and allowing venue staff to concentrate on the other elements of your event.

With over 440 acres of outside space, woodland & grounds to play with, there’s plenty of opportunity for creative team building. 

Popular options include:

Casino Evening 

Action and Adrenalin

Games Galore 

Themed Events

• Team Challenges – Crystal Mazed and Krypton Factor

Country pursuits – Laser Clays, Axe Throwing and Archery
And much more!

Looking for Inspiration?

Here are some events we provided earlier this year:

Race to Success

 

Involving elements of efficiency, time management, creativity, and ‘driving’ skill – each team player will find an area to excel. Using the kit provided to them teams are to build their own outdoor go-kart and trailer. Inter-team communication is key to successfully completing the challenge because no instructions are included and resources are limited. Although our experienced event crew will be on hand to help teams along the way, it is essentially down to the delegates to work together. 

Action and Adrenaline

Guests are provided with an exclusive experience with specifically designed Activity and Adrenalin days. Guests take part in a range of unusual and exciting activities such as Segways, Quad Bikes or Axe Throwing. With one to one tuition, our professional instructors will guide you through the activities with an emphasis on guests gaining as much ‘hands-on’ fun experience as possible.

Depending on your preference this event can be provided in a competitive format as well as informal fun. Informally we will search for the best individual on each activity and award them with a KDM medal. Whilst in the team competition, guests must work together to complete the tasks. Delegates will be tasked with either ‘beating the clock‘ or scoring the greatest number of points in an attempt to gain the maximum advantage against their competitors. Based upon skill, scoring is devised so that the competitive members of your team can compete whilst those simply wishing to enjoy the day can do so. Although guests are encouraged to ‘have a go’ no one will feel under pressure to take part, making it an event all can enjoy. 

Alpine Lodge

Host a cosy wintry evening by simply dressing your room in gingham table dressings, lanterns, sumptuous sheepskin and Christmas garlands. By surrounding your room with atmospheric scenery, snowy trees and lighting, you can immerse your guests into the Alpine Lodge setting.

Even if you can’t hit the slopes this year, you can indulge your guests throughout the evening with entertainment fit for a snowy retreat. Add our VR ski simulators to transport your guests to the very top of the Pyrenees. Huddle around our ski lodge-inspired cocktail bar with authentic ski rack and boots. Consider a pot of fondue for Swiss-style calorie loading, or stick with mulled wine and hot chocolate cocktails. The options are endless and at Heythrop Park, you can let your imagination go wild.

Take a look at what we created last year here

Circus Spectacular

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the spectacular world of death-defying acrobatics, juggling and entertainment. Transport your guests to the Circus Ring with carnival concourse games, colourful table dressing and fairground backdrops. For an authentic experience, you can even drape the room to give the effect of dining in a circus tent.

The Marquee at Heythrop Park provides a perfect setting for this theme. Don’t just take our word for it, view the Big Top transformation here

Our team building activities and theming options are all created in-house by our event technology and development team and we work very closely with the on-site team at Heythrop Park. Consequently, the ideas above, while varied, are a great illustration of what we can do but are by no means all. So if you have something in particular in mind please do not hesitate to ask the question.

That concludes this month segment. It has been great focusing on such a fabulous venue like Heythrop Park and revisiting the incredible events we have worked on together. We hope you gained valuable insights and have seen the venues true potential. If you would like more information on Heythrop Park and our team building offerings, get in touch with our dedicated events team today.

While this may be it this month, don’t forget to look out for our Venue of the Month in September!


How To Plan Your Next Corporate Event

February 2019

Important questions you should ask before you start the event planning process

Infographic - How To Plan Your Next Corporate Event

WHY

Let’s talk event objectives

When it comes to corporate event planning the logical place to start is by asking yourself WHY. Why are you or the company holding this event? Is your goal to acquire new sales leads or maintain current client relationships? Do you want to reward the sales team for a record-breaking year? Are you celebrating a company milestone or looking to improve internal relationships? Defining your event goals and objectives will shape much of what is to follow in the event planning process.

WHO 

Define your events target audience

How well you know your audience can make or break your event. Job Role, Nationality, Age Range, and Gender are all important questions to ask in order to define and optimise each element of the event. These factors will influence many of the choices you make. The aim is to design an event that will not only meet your objectives but also attract and retain the interest of your guests.

WHAT 

Make your corporate event, one to remember

Are you rewarding employees with a fun experiential event?  Do you need to gather the team to learn new strategies and techniques to boost company productivity? Whatever the reason, you will need to have activities that will engage your audience and are aligned with the event goals. There is a large variety of options to consider. Peripheral entertainment, immersive décor, guest speakers or introducing team building activities are all crowd-pleasers.

Keeping your guests engaged with quality activities is imperative. This will have a direct impact on the outcome of the event and whether or not you meet your event objectives. Keep in mind your audience when choosing your activities, for example pairing a creative marketing group with a tabletop, strategy team build may not be the right choice.

WHEN 

Save the date 

When choosing the date for your upcoming corporate event make sure that you consider meetings and events at your workplace. Certain times of the year will be more popular than others. Christmas is obviously a very popular time for events, but festive events are so often left until the last minute. Planning ahead is essential when availability is at a premium.

Are you considering an open invite event? If so, it is imperative that once you have a proposed date, that you check not only your calendar but the industry calendar and events in the surrounding area. Significant events can affect your attendance as well as the logistics of an event.

WHERE 

Location, Location, Location 

Location, decor and ambience will set the tone for your corporate event and plays an important role in the overall experience. However, as well as ticking off the aesthetics, you need to consider other logistical elements before settling on your final venue. The venue needs to be easily accessible and convenient for delegates, event management and suppliers alike. Consideration needs to be made for local traffic. Does transportation need to be provided?  What parking options are available?

You need to factor in the number of people attending and whether the venue can comfortably accommodate guests in your desired layout. The activities you have planned for the event will also impact on the space required. A room which can hold 250 guests for an informal cocktail event may not be suitable for a team building activity for the same numbers.

BUDGET

Money Talks

Arguably the most important question to ask yourself is what budget do you have to with work with? This will ultimately define the What, When and Where of your event. When preparing the budget, you will need to incorporate estimates for all of the key elements such as venue, A/V equipment, catering and entertainment. Consideration should also be given for venue décor, seating, additional event staff and fees. Detailing these estimates will help create a realistic cost overview. Sit down with your accountant or financial team to determine what is reasonable for this event.

Get Started

Starting this process can be quite daunting but considering these key elements is a great start to your event planning journey.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your next corporate event, contact your dedicated KDM Event Planner today.


What Went Wrong? Pre-problem Solving for an Issue Free Conference Event

October 2017

One of our long standing clients in the motor insurance sector recently asked us to deliver their annual company-wide conference. As always, the event was a great success, and while we love writing about how well our conferences and team building events go, we also analyse each and every one of them to make sure we’re learning from every possible outcome, whether it happens or not.

Capturing issues early and engineering workarounds before the event is one of the ways we really add value for our clients. After all, post-conference 20-20 hindsight won’t help you have a perfect event.

So, what would have gone wrong on this particular day?

Itinerary timings – speakers know their allocated timings and yet so often enthusiasm means a presentation runs over – and strangely the average is 10 minutes! This could result in missed comfort breaks, teambuilding activities running behind, a late lunch and a restless and hungry audience. With the co-operation of the client organiser we built in extended timings for refreshments and lunch beforehand and as we always recommend leaving detailed timings off the delegate itineraries – when the inevitable happened – the time was regained without impacting the audience’s experience.

Exhibition – With this being the first year that our client had organised an exhibition as part of the itinerary, the list of internal exhibitors was extensive, the IT requirements were varied but the budget was very limited! Many of the exhibitors would bring their own laptops, tablets and projectors to hook up to our plasma screens and knowing how complicated hooking up incompatible devices with the wrong cables can be we produced an ‘IT cables’ guide which allowed the exhibitors to see the names, pictures and descriptions of the cables available to them onsite. Not one exhibitor arrived without the right adapters so were all able to display their content and of course, we had spare cables in stock just in case!

AV Autocue – as the speaker itinerary developed and more hosts became involved for each different section, it became obvious that the number of people wanting to use the autocue system would not allow time between each speaker to manually set the autocue glass height to suit them. With only a few weeks to go, we addressed this by switching to an electric glass system to allow us to reset the height remotely between presenters, avoid unsightly delays between sessions and allow each speaker to see their script – a rather critical essential!

Ready For Anything…

But like any event organiser knows, there are some things that you just can’t plan for! Such was the case when after rehearsal, changes were needed to slides in EVERY presentation. Fortunately, over the years our team has learnt to be ready for anything so powered by coffee and sugar we worked into the small hours to complete the changes.

Great event planning really is one of the major keys to any successful conference or exhibition event and avoiding potential problems on the day. But when the unavoidable happens, a flexible expert event management team on the day is worth their weight in gold!

Get in touch with us if you’d like your next team building or conference event to be taken care of by an Events Company who will look for the potential issues during planning.


Gone to the dogs? Not a chance! A Three Day Product Launch – Creative Team Building and Unique Party Theming

September 2017

An event to mark the launch of a ground-breaking animal healthcare product, developed by a global healthcare leader. While the new brand would be a transformational offering, it would be entering an already-satisfied market place competing against established household name products.

The internal staff launch, therefore, had the critical mission of galvanising the salesforce with team building activities to challenge the status quo and confidently sell the revolutionary new brand, while assisting direct-selling customers to regain business that was currently being lost through other channels.

The three-day launch would bring together over 150 employees in what was briefed as a transformational event that would enable and empower staff to ‘create great’.

Creating a transformational event

Having won a three-way pitch, for the provision of the event’s operational content, KDM Events had a four-week window in which to source two venues one for the accommodation and business content, and the other for the product launch itself and to design a dedicated delegate registration website for streamlined and effective event management.

The branding and the concept behind the launch theme had been designed by healthcare strategy and communications specialist, Cognite.  KDM was tasked with conveying Cognite’s ‘Transformational’ theme into the look and feel for the events.

We also produced two key elements of the internal launch – the gala dinner and team building activity.

Day One of the three-day product launch conference saw the 150 delegates engaged in business unit meetings, using multiple meeting rooms at London’s Tower Hotel.  The unveiling of the new product took place on Day Two, at iconic events space Vinopolis. The surprise guest speaker was distinguished physicist and presenter Professor Brian Cox, who inspired the audience with a scientific talk echoing and expanding on the launch’s ‘Transformational’ theme.

The gala dinner at the Tower Hotel saw the venue ‘transformed’ in the new product logo colours with creative table and room dressing.  Mind reader Alex Crow delighted guests with a personalised cabaret while a customised photo studio provided delegates with souvenir photos linked to the product.

Day Three of the launch provided an opportunity for delegates to put their understanding of the new product into practice, through one of our most popular and unique team building activities, the Stop Motion Animation techniques made popular by Aardman Studio’s ‘Wallace & Gromit’.  In this highly creative session, delegates worked in teams using modelling clay and craft materials as well as mini studios and recording equipment to create, film and edit their own movies.  The exercise stretched participants to communicate ideas in new ways and brought out strong teamwork, planning and production skills.

Client Feedback

Our very happy client said:  “Both the choice of venues and the launch content reinforced the brand’s essence and core values.  The event’s messaging and delivery helped support our team to further believe in the product and they came away energised and ready to ‘create great’ and be ‘transformational’ in the field.  We are confident that they will be able to challenge perceptions, and encourage direct-selling customers to rethink and become brand ambassadors in their own right.”

A result any events company would be proud of!


End to End Team Building and Event Management for a Unified Conference Experience

August 2017

KDM recently produced a unique experience comprising of team building activities, company party entertainment and end-to-end event management for an occasion any events company would be proud to showcase – a senior-level international conference that unified the senior global team behind a new leadership ethos.

About our client: Tunstall Healthcare Group is the market-leading provider of technology-enabled care services. Operating in over 50 countries and supporting over 3.6 million people worldwide, the organisation’s technology and services play a key role in helping older people and those with long-term needs to stay out of hospital and residential care and live independently.

The Brief: Our client asked for KDM’s support in planning its annual three-day conference. The event would provide a rare opportunity to bring together the company’s senior global team, to network, share common goals and take the company’s vision forward.

Our first task was to source a venue for an event that would include guest speakers, award ceremonies, workshops and team building activities. The CEO favoured a country house-style venue for 60 participants that would be prestigious but not ostentatious, in a rural location. With colleagues travelling from Australia, the US and Europe the location needed to be no more than an hour from Manchester Airport.

KDM involvement: We proposed Rookery Hall, an Elizabethan-style mansion in Cheshire. Having worked previously with the venue we were confident that it could deliver on all fronts, providing the requested auditorium and break-out rooms. We undertook the graphic design of logos, invitations and event branding. All collateral reflected the ‘Unify’ vision for the company’s strategy – the ethos of pulling together and collaborating. KDM also managed the conference AV and production, gala dinner theming and provision of evening entertainment.

One of the event’s highlights was a team building activity – The Missing Link. Devised by KDM, the exercise involved 10 teams each tasked with building ‘their’ section of the Missing Link machine. Gradually teams discovered that rather than competing, they needed to cooperate collectively to bring together the interconnected modules. KDM’s Senior Event Manager facilitated the activity, sharing notes on how each individual behaved within their team with the client’s own facilitator who fed-back progress live at the event. The Missing Link put into practice the company’s new strategy and enabled delegates to experience first hand the ‘Unify’ theme.

Client feedback: Carolyn Reed, Global HR Director said: “A big thank you to you and the team – the support the team has given us for Unify has been nothing short of brilliant!”


When in Rome

April 2017

April found the KDM Events team packing our bags as we were invited to organise a team event at the newly opened Hotel Eden in Rome.

We were asked by our clients to organise a two-day team event that provided activities dealing with teamwork and transformation, whilst also being fun and innovative. The team event was being held at the newly restored Hotel Eden located in the city of Rome as part of their ‘People Forum’. The forum was organised for the client’s internal team of Heads of Department.

Pleased to be invited to organise this team event, we packed everything we needed for the two-day event into large suitcases and flew to Rome to deliver an animation team building activity and a beatbox energiser.

So what did the two-day event consist of?

Across the two-day team event, the KDM team delivered our Animation Innovation team build activity and our Beat Box workshop to 40 members of the client’s team.

The Animation Innovation activity is designed to encourage team building through creativity. Through an introduction to Stop Motion Animation techniques, the team members were given the opportunity to use new ways of communication to show their ideas as they created, produced and edited their own animation.

Alongside the animation activity, we also provided a beatboxing workshop. The client’s team were introduced to the techniques and skills needed to beatbox. Beat Box is a great energiser as it allows all members of the team to be involved as they work together to see what can be achieved together using only mouth, voice and lips. With their newly learnt skills and having been allocated different percussion sections, teams successfully worked together to create a musical memory.

And the feedback?

Our client delighted us with a very short email ending with this sign off “All was amazing!”


A Great British Party

March 2017

On a crisp Thursday afternoon in January, the KDM Event Management & Delivery team found ourselves at the beautiful Welcombe Hotel & Spa in Stratford, preparing for a last minute conference booked only two weeks prior.

As one of the UK’s largest suppliers to the Event Industry, short lead-in times don’t phase us, our equipment is all stored at our central warehouse, much of it handmade in our own workshop and our full-time Event Managers, trained to produce a huge variety of-of corporate events, are not unfamiliar with acting fast to get the job done!

So what did we produce in those 2 weeks?

Our client, The Dental Directory, one of the largest full-service dental dealers in the UK, tasked us with the provision of a full day experience their delegates wouldn’t forget following successful delivery of the same for their 2016 conference.

We began the conference with set up on Wednesday, KDM’s full AV Package was required throughout the following day along with the technical expertise of our AV staff to ensure a smooth presentation.

Following a morning of company presentations, teams were provided with the necessary tools to produce their own films, their Animation Innovation team build was based around The Dental Directory’s products providing a variety of learning outcomes such as raising team morale and reinforcing product awareness.

While delegates retreated to prepare themselves for the evening, our ground crew got to work turning part of the neo-Jacobean mansion into a Great British Celebration, decorating banqueting furniture with red, white and blue and dressing the room with brilliantly British staples; life-size telephone box, life-size letterbox, giant teacup and saucer and British icon silhouette panels.

The evening’s entertainment was completed with a Great British pub games package and the glossy awards ceremony, captured beautifully a professional photographer, was met with cheers all round!

The client was undoubtedly pleased by the outcome:

“The guys that they did a brilliant job on both days. Set up Wednesday was great and then Thursday the presentations went very well and I was surprised how well the team responded to the animation exercise. As always the games went down well and the gents attending were really helpful, I also held the record for the batak so good day all round!”

If you’d like a hand with last minute plans for conferences, event management or team building, get in touch!


Gamification: Trending or Distracting?

October 2016

Here at KDM, we invest a great deal of time into our future by way of research and development, we’re often looking for ways to ensure we’re ahead of trends in the industry, setting trends through innovation and keeping a close eye on any relevant developments in UK business as a whole to ensure we have the best possible understanding of our clients’ needs and even restrictions.

Trends are important to every business, understanding them is key to ensuring that you keep pace with your industry and events are no exception. We’ve been delivering successful events for 25 years and over that period we’ve seen many trends come and go, surrounded in buzzwords and TLAs, some have developed and become standard practice in event management but some, it would seem, are little more than one salesman’s quick response to a difficult question that escalated rather quickly taking on a life of its own.

gamificationThe one we’ve been watching particularly in 2016 is ‘Gamification’: the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service.

Gamification is not new, it is part of that we’ve been doing for years and this year it seems to be becoming a gimmick serving only to help brush over the important aspects of event management and delivery that event organisers are actually looking for an open dialogue on. The elements of game playing which are part of our team building activities and corporate entertainment events are important, but nowhere near as important as the objectives for the event and measuring an events performance against them.

Engaging delegates at an event is imperative to the overall success, but if only the method is engaging and not the content or the result, reporting back to the Head of Finance and/or HR on the tangible benefits that investment has produced, could be a difficult task.

Our mission is to discover the objectives set by every event organiser who comes to us and with that information provide an event which will help to achieve the goals that led to the decision to hold the event in the first place, and we do that by getting to know our clients and their business, providing free measurement tools with every team building activity we deliver and following up with intelligent analysis on how well the event performed.

If you’re looking to organise an event with the aim of increasing sales, establishing a new set of company values, improving team communication in order to speed up day to day processes or educating staff in preparation for the launch of a new product, get in touch with us – you can be confident that the relevant methods and technology will be a part of your experience while a professional focus is maintained on the objectives you need to meet in order to ensure you’re achieving the best possible results.



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