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5 Winning Ingredients for Building A High Performing Team

February 2020

Recipe for a Winning Team

Overseeing and managing a team that constantly hits targets and seamlessly overcomes challenges is the stuff that dreams are made of. But these types of teams aren’t born out of a mysterious alchemy. Neither are they simply a happy accident of good synergy.

High performing teams are made. While working as a team may be built into the fabric of our humanity, so is conflict, fear, thirst for power and all manner of things that can sabotage the performance of a group of people. With that in mind, it’s important to consider a whole range of factors when building and nurturing a team.

In this article you’ll find the 5 ingredients that are required to create high performing teams, with a few tips and tricks along the way to help bring them to the groups that you oversee.

Present Solid Objectives and Clear Expectations

Have you ever been asked to do a task and not really understood why you were doing it? How did that make you feel? Confused? Left in the dark? Demotivated?

The same happens when you kick off team working without presenting a solid objective or defining roles and expectations. So, when getting started, it’s imperative to lead with your best foot forward by taking the time to bring the team together and make it clear what the mission is.

To do this, you should do the following:

  • Make it clear what the team are there to do and why they are doing it
  • Define goals, timelines, anticipated outcomes, and processes
  • Establish clear expectations that are in line with the objectives
  • Ensure appropriate support is in place should any problems arise

In the first instance your overall goal is to ensure that everyone in the team understands what they are doing, why they are doing it, who they are doing it with, how they will be supported and how they will measure their success.

Making this information accessible and clear ensures that each person understands their role and contribution, values it, and knows how to go about doing it.

Gain Commitment

Once objectives and expectations are established, then comes gaining commitment from team members. When you have everyone singing from the same hymn sheet, things work better – so this is an important step in the process.

The best way to do this is to ensure that each team member understands the importance of the overall objectives and how they fit into the puzzle. When people feel undervalued, they will underperform. To avoid this, take great care to be sure that each person holds a role that serves a tangible purpose and fits in with their own career expectations.

Individuals should feel challenged and excited by the part they are playing. They should be given ample opportunities to grow and develop as time goes by. And they should understand how they will be rewarded or recognised for their contributions.

The way this is achieved may look different across organisations. Indeed, it may even differ from role to role or in departments. For example, sales teams may be driven by monetary gain and therefore find themselves motivated by bonus schemes. Other team members may find their passions are ignited when they are given more responsibility or the chance to be creative in their role.

Getting this right comes down to knowing what makes people tick. Personal development plans are a great way to drill down into the motivations and inner workings of your team to get a good understanding of what empowers them to overachieve.

Promote Independence

Does your team have the freedom and empowerment necessary to take ownership of their individual objectives? Do they understand the part they play in accountability and have confidence in their problem-solving ability? Finally, are they able to understand what decisions they are free to make within their remit?

High performing teams own their individual roles and make a conscious effort to ensure their actions feed into the overall objectives of the project. And the confidence and knowledge to achieve this level of independence springs from strong and clear leadership.

Once again, robust personal development plans for team members will help them to embark on a journey to confident independence. But it is also important to instill in team members that, while they are expected to fulfill the expectations of a role to the best of their ability, there is still support available to them if they find themselves stuck. No man (or woman) is an island after all. And leaving people to founder and fail not only risks the confidence of an individual but the performance of the team.

Encourage Collaboration & Creativity

Collaboration is a cornerstone of any high performing team. When individuals can work together effectively, they can make almost anything happen. So, promoting collaboration is an important aspect of creating a high performing team.

Collaboration often feeds into better (and quicker!) problem solving, process improvement and communication.

To kick off collaborative working it’s important for the team to establish rules of conduct in areas such as conflict resolution, decision making and meeting management. This will help with working together effectively and promote creative thinking within the group that falls within established boundaries.

As well as this, celebrating creativity breeds it. Teams should take the approach that no suggestion is ‘wrong’ or ‘ridiculous’, rather every suggestion has the potential to add value when it is shared openly. This method of working fosters a community where people are open to sharing their ideas and confident in their ability to problem solve.

Encourage Accountability and Communication

Communication is everything within a team. Without it, the wheels will simply fall off and the whole project will come grinding to a halt.

Establishing effective communication starts with creating a culture of accountability. If members of your team can confidently take responsibility for their actions without fear of reprisal you instill an open and encouraging ethos that sees everyone performing to the best of their ability.

When team members aren’t accountable for their actions, time is normally consumed by finger pointing or downright avoidance of issues. This is not healthy for a team and can be damaging to any workplace. With that in mind, create a team that feels responsible and accountable for their achievements. Reward and recognise individuals and groups consistently. And, finally, when mistakes or problems arise turn the focus not to dressing someone down but problem solving.

Remember, communication is a two-way street and it is down to those at the top to lead by example. So, ensure that you are modelling the type of behaviour you would expect from team members and take steps to establish a method for teams to give feedback and receive honest, constructive feedback in return.

Build Better Teams with KDM Events

From rewarding your team to helping address areas for development, team building activities from KDM Events can help with all the steps listed above. From outdoor events focused on problem solving and communication to indoor activities geared toward fostering creativity and innovation, our menu of focused, structured team building events are just the thing to get groups thinking outside the box and working together.

To find out more about our events, and how we can help you to build a winning team, contact us today. Our dedicated Event Managers have a wealth of experience in creating amazing, effective events for team development in all industries and areas.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Team Building Activity

January 2020

Outdoor Activity

Before you go about choosing a team building activity, it’s important to know and understand the areas your team needs to focus on and improve. In some respects, it’s kind of like going to the doctor. When you have an illness you don’t just visit your GP, say “I’m ill” and get handed some generic ‘illness’ tablets. Instead, you explain your symptoms to the medical practitioner who then reviews them and recommends the best course of action.

This analogy is perfect for choosing the right team building event or activity because it focuses on diagnosis of the problem first. That is to say, before you make any decisions or commitments you should look to understand what’s not working and the best way to address it.

Diagnosing Team Problems

Before you even think about choosing a team building activity, it’s important to first evaluate the team as it is now. Are there any issues that need tackling? If so, how are they affecting individuals and their capacity to work together?

If you do identify problems in your team, it’s vital to determine what the root cause is and how far reaching the consequences are. While it may not be the whole solution, a team building event that is designed to build on strengths whilst tackling any weaknesses may be the perfect springboard from which to start addressing these issues.

If you find that there are no major issues… First, congratulations! If you have a fantastic team working under you that is firing on all cylinders your main concern will be keeping that momentum going and pushing for better performance. In these instances, you may look at team building activities to promote and develop internal communications, or even just as a way of rewarding your team.

Team building events and activities work most effectively when they are integrated into a program focused on team development in the workplace. It is not merely a single event that takes place off-site but part of an ongoing process. As such, it’s important to choose an activity that aligns with your overall goals and objectives in order to see a return on your investment in the long-term.

Things to Consider When Planning A Team Building Event

To help you effectively plan your next team building activity, we’ve put together a short list of things to consider before you get stuck in. Taking into account all of these considerations will ensure that your chosen team building activity is well-planned and in-line with what you are looking to achieve.

  • Will the event help facilitate the change you want?
  • Will all team members be involved in the event?
  • Do you anticipate any resistance to team building activities?
  • Is the activity inclusive?
  • Do you have the time, budget and a suitable venue for the event?
  • What are the risks? (If you are using an external company for team building, always ask for the Risk Assessment and ensure that adequate Public Liability Insurance is in place.)
  • Will all members of the team be treated equally and with respect throughout the event? Remember to consider cultural differences and ensure that fun is not had at the expense of others.
  • Will the event generate an overall feeling of positivity or might it expose fears or generate a sense of failure in some participants?
  • How will you manage conflict and feedback constructively?
  • Is your team onboard with the activity? It is usually better to involve your team in the decision-making process rather than leave it to one individual to decide.

Should Team Building Be Indoors or Outdoors?

There was a time when team building seemed to only involve mud, rain and misery for all but the enthusiastic outdoor types. But times have changed, and it’s important to make your team building activities fun and inclusive for your team. In our modern world, team building events are now more heavily focused on delivering the overall objective of the activity in a light-hearted and fun atmosphere.

So, if you’re considering whether your team building event should be held outdoors or indoors, then it’s totally down to you and the participants. Outdoor events and activities are still very popular (and effective, too), however now they are more thought based and modifiable for all types of abilities.

What matters is that you consider sensitively the needs, limitations and abilities of colleagues in order to select the most appropriate activity. Also, if you plump for an outdoor activity then choose an event that is modifiable (or still fun and achievable) if the Great British weather rears its ugly, unpredictable head! Failing to do this could result in the underlying message of your activity being lost as participants simply try and stay warm and dry!

There is an element of seasonality that will affect your decision to choose either an indoor or outdoor event. Outdoor events invariably take place in the summer months, while indoor events can be carried out at any time of year. Indoor activities also fit more seamlessly in between meetings or conference sessions, which is something to consider if you’re planning team building around a bigger event.

Make Time for A Post Activity Review

If you don’t review or evaluate the effectiveness of team building activities, it can be difficult to see if they have made a difference. With that in mind, always plan to reflect on events such as this to better understand your return on investment and next steps.

It could be that your next team building event is a real eye opener in terms of what support your employees need. If that is the case, really drill down into what worked and what didn’t and use this to inform your plan moving forward.

Planning a team building event? Speak to Our Team Today!

If you’re looking to plan a team building event for your business or department, please contact us. We are experts in team building no matter your goals and can provide dedicated support and help in getting you on the right track.

As one of the UK’s leading team building event providers, we have a wealth of industry experience to share with you and our Event Managers can help you to host a fun and engaging event that builds the skills of your team whilst helping to address areas for development. For more information regarding our team building activities, please contact us today.

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30th Anniversary – The Big Interview

January 2020

Two company directors pictured in celebration of our 30th year
 

 

Since establishing in 1990, KDM has grown from just 2 employees to now having over 25. We have provided over 17,000 events over the last 30 years totalling well over 500,000 attendees! Pretty impressive when you consider almost 1% of the population have taken part in a KDM event! Today, KDM has built up an impressive client base including venue and agent partnerships. Successfully establishing ourselves as an award-winning and leading supplier to the event industry

In recognition of this momentous occasion, we have both our Director Kevin Davies and Managing Director Brad Davies in this month’s Big Interview hot seat. We took some time to sit down and talk to them both and get their perspective on KDM’s 30th Anniversary and what it means to them. 

 

How did KDM Events come about? What inspired you to create the company?

KEV. I was a bank manager and decided I wanted to do something different and took the opportunity of a re-structuring to leave. Whilst choosing my time to leave I was baby-sitting a branch and stumbled upon a customer who was providing some driving activities. I was intrigued and went along to see what he actually did. The industry was in its infancy and I could see that a more professional approach might be successful. So we went into partnership but went our own separate ways some 18 months later.

 

What was KDM’s first event?

KEV. It was 30 July 1990 – we took an insurance company client to Brocket Hall for a multi-activity day – a lovely sunny day with Clays, Archery, Hovercraft, Quad-bikes and grass carts against the lovely backdrop of the house. And all followed by a tour around Lord Brocket’s Ferrari collection – before it got … erm, ‘stolen’!

 

What does the 30th anniversary mean to you?

KEV. I originally gave the business 5 years before it would fade – and I’m delighted I was wrong. Although we have evolved and spread our reach over the years to keep ahead of the competition. I just feel pride that the amazing team we have here are such a close-knit bunch who are committed to each other and our values and are clearly focused on giving our clients great events. That Brad has taken over the reins allowing me to keep involved and step back is a fantastic bonus. I look forward to watching him and the team grow KDM as an even stronger force in the industry.

BRAD. I still vividly remember being highly embarrassed at primary school, when for reasons that I can’t remember my Dad came into school to give a demonstration of a hovercraft in action on the playing fields! Showing my advancing years, that must have been in the 1st year or two of KDM… so it’s amazing that the business has grown & thrived so much since those early days, and of course, a sense of pride that I’m lucky enough to now work in & carry on the family business.

 

What has driven KDM success?

KEV. Our people and their commitment to being straight forward and doing things properly. Our integrity, customer service, transparency and planning to make sure we get it right every time.

BRAD. Undoubtedly the whole team at KDM has been key to this, not many people get to truly enjoy & have a passion for their job – hence having people with a real passion for events, and a commitment to delivering great experiences to all of our clients has been integral to this. This has, in turn, led to our reputation as always being a highly professional & trustworthy company, which is hard-earned over 30 years with all the peaks & troughs that occur in the economy & the wider world over such a period.  

 

What is next for KDM?

KEV.  …. over to Brad for the answer to that one!

BRAD. Onwards & upwards… we aim to continue to be the supplier of choice to the industry for team building, evening & themed events – but also evolve as a trusted partner of all of our clients’ event needs, from serious conferences to informative roadshows to big Summer & Christmas parties. Speaking of which, we shall, of course, be celebrating our 30th anniversary with a big party this July!

 

During the year we will be making a number of significant announcements as we continue to strive to be a leader of excellence within the industry. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting news such as exclusive offers, brand new events to 2020 and much more. 

 

Kayleigh Fyfe 

9th January 2020

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Charity Trolley Dash for Trussell Trust

December 2019

Welcome to the 4th annual KDM Trolley Dash

Last week KDM organised a Charity Trolley Dash, helping to support the Trussell Trust. For anyone that doesn’t know, the Trussell Trust is your local charity food bank organisation. Instead of sending out Cards and Presents we decided to support the work of the Trussell Trust by donating to our local food bank.

 

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Why the Trussell Trust?

We have so many food lovers in our office and we are often inundated with treats with lots of leftovers! On reflection we all admit that we often take for granted how lucky we all are, this is what triggered the idea to help support our local food bank. What better way to do this than organise a KDM trolley dash.

The all-important rules!

To say we are a competitive bunch is an understatement!  The rules are crucially important to keep everyone in order and keep things fair. Heading over the road to our local supermarket, we split into teams, fill our trollies with the pre-approved lists and then it’s the race against the clock to see who can get closest to their budget spend in the quickest time!

And the results are in….

We all made our way back to the office, as we all eagerly await the results with a mince pie. Kathy our Director announced the winning team, which was Sarah, Jacci and me! ( I promise it wasn’t a fix 😁) The all-important bottles of fizz were handed out and we all reflected on the importance of supporting local charities.

four ladies with shopping trolley and Christmas hat

Jamaica (Photo-bombing), Jacci, Sarah and me.

KDM’s Charity Events

We offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor team building events, event management services evening events and much more. We also created our Charity event, known as the ‘’Charity Bargain Hunt’’.  Clients can give something back to their chosen charity whilst still keeping the focus on working towards a team focused team event.

KDM Charity Bargain Hunt

Our Charity Bargain Hunt works by setting a series of ‘hotspots’ on your tablet based around the local area. We try and relate the questions to the area, making the event as interesting and informative as possible. With the focus of the event on charity, we will have arranged in advance with a local hospice for example, what items would make a real difference to their work. We write the event accordingly with hotspots set to send the teams to various shops once they have answered questions correctly.

To sum up, we all had great fun organising and taking part in the annual trolley dash. Why not focus your next team event on your company’s chosen charity. Contact your dedicated event manager today to find out more

Heres to next year!!

 

Jess Gallimore

16th December 2019


Meet the Team – Agents and Venue

November 2019

We’re your dedicated agents and venues team…….get to know us more!

 

SARAH FITZGERALD   |   Account Director 

t: 01782 647017 e: sarah.fitzgerald@kdmevents.com

After joining KDM in 2003 as a shy and quiet Sales Co-ordinator Sarah quickly found her [sometimes very loud] voice managing our Venue and Agent partnerships. She is now an Account Director developing new and existing client relationships and being the first port of the call for any venue query that arises. What Sarah doesn’t know about venues…. we don’t think there is anything actually! Sarah dreams of owning her very own stately home with a Bollinger cellar (and one for Budweiser too!)

What things make your day better?

Random fancy dress moments……and a can of Red Bull!

What’s your favourite place in the world and why?

Looe in Cornwall, my spiritual home ….. sand, sea and lots of pubs!

 

 

CHARLOTTE BOARD   |   Account Manager 

t: 01782 647009 e: charlotte.board@kdmevents.com

 

Charlotte joined KDM in 2014 with a Diploma in International Event & Wedding Planning and spent most her time travelling between London and New York City. Charlotte joined KDM as an Account Executive before being promoted to Account Manager and then into her current role of Agent & Venue Development. She is a huge fan of Unicorns, Country Music and is a keen songwriter – one of her songs made it to number 3 on the iTunes country music charts! In her spare time she can be found gigging, songwriting and planning holidays to the USA whilst dreaming of making her millions to buy her very own New York Manhattan townhouse!!! Hopefully, we are all invited …

What are you most afraid of?

Penguins and Prison! Maybe I have a problem with the letter P?! I have never broken the law and never will because being confined to a cell terrifies me. I think I like my freedom too much! Penguins are just a phobia that I have had since I was a child. They are extremely strange animals.  

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Stubborn, dedicated, dreamer!

 

 

KAYLEIGH FYFE   |   Account Manager 

t: 01782 647004 e: kayleigh.fyfe@kdmevents.com

 

Kayleigh came to KDM with lots of solid experience working in fundraisers, festivals and most recently building an impressive sales record in private hire venues. Now with a degree in Event Management under her belt, Kayleigh is using her keen skills to work with our Agent and Venue partners in looking after their client event requirements. Being able to confidently advise, quote and organise the best solutions, Kayleigh is proving to be a strong member of our helpful sales team. Outside of KDM life, Kayleigh spends her precious spare time (not that she has that much!) with her partner and young children, Isaac and Ezrah, whilst ‘attempting’ to complete her MSc in Digital Marketing.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

I use to be a performer and spent much of my time Stilt Walking or Angle Grinding.

What Skill would you like to learn?

I would love to learn another language. I think either Spanish or Mandarin

 

CLAIRE TARALA   |   Account Manager 

t: 01782 647010 e: claire.tarala@kdmevents.com

Having an HND in Travel & Tourism Management and working as a travel agent specialising in Santa’s Lapland and wildlife holidays (aww), Claire then made the switch to corporate events in 2007. After gaining bags of experience in venue finding, key account management and organising large conferences she joined KDM as an Account Manager looking after client, agent and venue sales.  She enjoys nothing more than having fun with her husband and son, going walking, cycling and camping. Apparently one day soon she would also like to learn how to play the drums…so along with our other KDM musicians, singers and songwriters, we foresee a possible KDM band on the horizon!

If you could be in any other occupation other than the one you are in now, what would it be?

Palaeontologist – it would be cool to discover a new dinosaur! I would call it the Clairesaurous.

What things make your day better?

Caffeine, sunshine and cuddles from my husband and son

 

 

JAMAICA RIDGE   |   Account Executive 

t: 01782 647006 e: jamiaca.ridge@kdmevents.com

KDM were really pleased to welcome Jamaica in her first full-time Events Industry role after graduating from Manchester University with a BA Hons degree in Events Management. And because she managed to jam in hospitality experience by working as a Holiday Rep in Bulgaria and in UK 4* Hotels during her studies it was an easy step into the role of Venues Co-ordinator here at KDM. Supporting our Direct sales team, she makes sure that our clients get the best options in venue sourcing with pricing, proposals and site visits. Making her popular with all our other food and drink appreciating staff, Jamaica also likes lots of food and drinks with friends at the weekend. Which apparently keeps her really busy!

If you could be invisible for one day what would you do?

Thinking about it … I would probably follow my dog! I would love to see what he gets up to when I’m not around. 

What do you feel most proud of?

The only person in my immediate family to get a degree – and work in the related industry.

 

 

Want to meet the rest of the KDM team? Click Here 

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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.



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