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Olympic Success!

September 2012

A successful Olympics and Paralympics both on and off the park, Andy Murray wins a major, and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke – a Brit – wins the Tour of Britain – the first to do so since the last Ice Age. Never mind, we do have the England football team to bring a dose of reality to our lives.

Here at KDM HQ everybody continues to beaver away, bookings continue to flow in good numbers and I’m pleased to say we’re still able to offer top quality corporate entertainment, meetings and conferences at a seriously good price to our clients who appreciate the brilliant service everybody at Team KDM continues to bring. Well done chaps!


Half-way There and All’s Well – Sort Of.

August 2012

Whilst it’s been a great week for the Olympics and Team GB – and I don’t just mean the athletes; everybody in the country has put on a great show for the world and the enthusiastic support from spectators for all the competitors (especially if they’re from Team GB) has been superb. The organisers have been building a great team to put on the Games and the British Olympic Committee have spent the last seven years building a team that wins medals.

And we’ve only got one thing wrong.

Why oh why did we tell everybody to keep out of London – and our good old public servants to ‘work from home’ (i.e. lie in, shop and watch the telly) – in the mistaken belief that London was going to be sooo busy.

London seems to manage ok normally in July/August when it’s rammed with tourists and it manages ok when there’s also a test at Lords, Rugby at Twickenham and a couple of Premier League fixtures taking place happening simultaneously with a gig by some pimply pop star I’ve never heard of. So what’s the big deal?

For months it’s been a source of wonder to me at the fuss being made and why Boris wasn’t serving his electorate by telling one and all that London was open to business and they should ignore the sirens of despair instead of which he was bunging ‘Olympic Bonuses’ to transport workers so that they would do what they were already paid to do.

Now that it’s been shown that additional burdens have not been put upon these heroic workers can we have our money back, please?

Actually, I lied. We actually got two things wrong. We insulted the bunch of psychopathic maniacs that passes for a regime in North Korea by waving the South Korean flag at them. Awesome. A truly inspired insult which deserves a special gold medal all of its own for the person responsible.

Whereas in reality no doubt some jobsworth undoubtedly castigated him/her rather than congratulating them.


The Olympics are Here … Yee-har-hoo!!

July 2012

Well after the months of waiting the Olympic Games are here … Yee-har-hoo!

How excited the British press has been waiting with bated breath expecting and hoping that it all goes awry. Why is it that as individuals we don’t like making fools of ourselves but hope/expect that collectively as a nation we will do so? – bit odd us Brits.

Sad that but as all the eyes of the world are upon us let’s focus on the positive and make sure it goes well – after all we are paying for it and have spent years building a team to win!!

Mind, not that you’d have thought that if you’d spent the last few years listening to the pronouncements of LOCOG who throw a hissy fit if you try to use the words London 2012 or dare to show the Olympic rings on any marketing material without first giving them a bung (or sponsorship as it’s more politely known).

So let’s hope Team GB do well, London does well and everybody in the UK celebrates, has fun and remembers once again – as we did for the Jubilee – all that’s good about England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Kevin


Fun Outdoors Come Rain Or Shine

May 2012

I don’t have a temperature gauge in my car but my phone is very snazzy and advises me it’s 24 °C today with blue skies and plenty of sun.

Hard to believe that only a few weeks ago we received loads of calls saying something along the lines of “I’ve booked an outdoor team building event, what if it rains?”

Well we provide disposable cagoules and tepees for shelter and if you really think your guests won’t want to go outside if it’s raining we can provide an indoor wet weather contingency.

But, we often find client’s have a great time regardless of the weather. Claire, budding photographer and sales administrator here at KDM, captured a very lively bunch having a whale of a time on a very wet day in Warrington last month.

Just click on the below thumbnails for larger images:

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Spotlight On…The Bigger Picture

April 2012

Spotlight On…
This month’s Spotlight is on The Bigger Picture – an indoor collaborative team building event. Here we will give you all the details about this event including timings, guests, learning outcomes and feedback from previous clients.

Overview
The Bigger Picture is an indoor team building event designed to take place in a conference room. This event requires small groups to recreate a work of art from limited available information and resources. Each guest is given a miniaturised section of the artwork comprised of a number of individual tiles. Using only the equipment provided and within a fixed timeframe guests will scale up and produce their contribution to the finished full size masterpiece. At the finale, all guests gather together to assemble the sections of individual tiles within a framework to complete The Bigger Picture!

Guest Numbers and Teams
There aren’t really any minimum and maximum numbers for this event – but 10 to 500 guests are what the guidelines suggest. You don’t need to divide guests into teams because it is a collaborative event.

Timings
The suggested time for the event depends on the number of guests taking part and the number of tiles that have to be completed. As a guideline we’d say between 90 and 180 minutes.

Room Requirements
The room requirements for this event are fairly flexible, though cabaret style would be ideal. We provide table cloths so your chosen venue need not worry about any paint spillages!

Learning Outcomes
The Bigger Picture event mirrors the work environment by highlighting that whilst people take individual roles this impacts upon other people and what they are trying to achieve. As a collaborative event this event focuses on the importance of working together and communication. As pressure mounts, to get the picture completed, towards the event of the event it also demonstrates the need for time management!

Client Testimonial
“We had very positive feedback. Everyone was happy during and after the event. The reveal had a very funny effect on people; everyone just got up from the dining tables and gathered around the paintings!”
Client feedback on The Bigger Picture following their event in January 2012

Interesting Fact
As a refresher the office staff team took part in the Bigger Picture event one afternoon a few weeks ago. Graeme designed a bespoke image which the team then set about drawing and painting. The finished artwork (see image below) will adorn the walls of the KDM offices as a reminder of the event and what we managed to achieve.

For More Information
For more information on The Bigger Picture team building event please give us a call on 01782 646300 and we’ll be happy to help.

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BRAND NEW EVENT – Animation Innovation

April 2012

Animation Innovation is a BRAND NEW indoor team building event from KDM.

Following an introduction to stop motion animation teams will be equipped with craft supplies, modelling clay and tools, corner studios and recording equipment before being tasked with creating, filming and editing a movie of their own! The brief sounds challenging and it is but the event is great fun and the results are hilarious.

The KDM team are fully briefed on the event following training last week and even succeeded in creating some films worthy of a BAFTA Short Animation award (even if I do say so myself). You can see the film by clicking on the following link http://vimeo.com/kdmevents/review/38987183/396d120d10.

For more information on this fantastic new indoor team building event please contact us on 01782 646300.

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Is Team Building a Waste of Time and Money?

March 2012

A recent article in C&IT Magazine cited a Vodafone UK and YouGov survey which suggests that some employees think team building is awkward, a waste of time and over half of the respondents concluded that team building would not help them work more effectively with colleagues.

Clearly their experience of team building has not been positive, but is that really a true reflection of the value of team events? Nicky Wrighte, Commercial Director here at KDM, gives her thoughts:

The term ‘team build’ can be used by our clients and our industry colleagues in quite an indiscriminative way. It has very different meanings dependent upon your viewpoint – for some the words ‘team building’ mean a no holds barred fun experience with no reference to business content. For others, a team build event has to be a relevant business objective led activity that draws colleagues together in a stimulating environment designed to affect behaviours (positively!) in the workplace. Both viewpoints are valid, however the disappointment and frustration for the participants arises when there is a mismatch between the viewpoint of the booker and the style of the event delivered.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to team building or any style of activity event. The purpose of any activity element in an event is of primary importance, so we encourage our clients to question Why are we doing this? What specifically do we want our participants to walk away with? How do we want this to affect their behaviours and performance back in the workplace?  Who are our delegates and how do we want them to feel? We know that if our clients have clearly understood their audience and their goals for the event, then it will be a success.

Take one of our IT clients for example who have booked the same team build for the last 8 years. Some might view it as ‘old and clichéd’ because it involves problem solving outdoors with basic equipment – however it’s appropriate and effective for this company’s IT management teams that pass through the programme each year.

In trying to assess the effectiveness of events ROI (Return on Investment) is a term that’s used a lot, along with ROO (Return on Objective) and ROE (Return on Expectation). However, the benefits of effective team building cannot be precisely measured at the conclusion of the event, the benefits are on going back in the workplace and can’t be tied down to specific figures and percentages. To rate successful team events it’s much better to collate robust delegate feedback scores on the important KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that came out of the clients initial questioning.

As a guideline there must be a relaxed social element in which participants have had fun by participating with one another, they should feel valued not humiliated, if relevant the messages from the conference programme should have been communicated in a visual way and the participants given the opportunity to ‘do’ something directly relating to the business content. These are all things that we explore with our clients during the enquiry process and then our event team on the day work towards these outcomes.

In their Big Debate C&IT Magazine are asking ‘How do you avoid clichéd team building?’  Nicky’s response:

Old ‘cliched’ team building doesn’t exist – only badly thought out, inappropriate events. Likewise ‘fresh’ new teambuilding doesn’t exist – only well conceived and relevant events. Our job is to help our clients to think about the issues and ask the right questions internally so we can match a well thought out solution to their needs. And this is neither ‘fresh’ nor is it ‘cliched’… it’s just good business.

Of course, here at KDM we don’t believe team building is a waste of time and money. But we do recognise that it can be ineffective or even damaging when not done properly. That’s why we work closely with our clients to clarify objectives, help them avoid inappropriate events and find fitting solutions. In this way we ensure that our client’s team building is extremely effective, successful and great value for money. And our figures speak for themselves…80% of our business is repeat clients!

If you are interested in talking to us about how we can help ‘freshen’ up your team event approach please call us 01782 646300 – we’d love to hear from you!

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KDM witness increase in Corporate Hospitality

February 2012

The team at KDM have noticed a recent increase in corporate hospitality enquiries and bookings suggesting companies are continuing to invest in rewarding hard working teams or valued customers despite the doom and gloom reported in the media about the current economic climate.

Whether you need to reward a hard working team or incentivise customers KDM can assist in providing the right event to achieve your objectives. From music concerts, to theatre and major sporting events KDM can suggest corporate hospitality packages to suit. Alternatively, if you are looking for something a bit more bespoke please let us know and we can tailor an event to your specific requirements.

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Senior Event Manager flashes more than just creative flair during Catwalk Challenge training

February 2012

Continuing the commitment to continuous learning the KDM team, including office and event staff, took part in Catwalk Challenge training yesterday afternoon.

Catwalk Challenge is a fun (I now say this with some authority following the hilarious events of yesterday afternoon) indoor team building event offered by KDM in which teams are given the opportunity to design, create and model a catwalk collection.

Graeme delivered the brief and we were tasked with designing 3 items of clothing; one for the beach, one for ‘da club’ and one for evening wear. The garments had to be for the upcoming season and we had to create a unique company name, control the lighting, music and introduce the collection to the audience.

As someone who once sewed a cardigan to a cushion while trying to re-sew a button on I must admit I was slightly nervous about letting down my team in this event but for those amongst us with little or no skill, sewing can be kept to a minimum as there are plenty of other tasks to keep guests occupied. Also staplers are provided so if threading a needle is just too much you can just staple clothes together!

Garments produced included an Olympic themed evening dress with coloured hoop design, a Ginger Spice inspired Union Jack clubbing outfit, a sexy gold number with fetching turban. Also created was a rather revealing outfit made almost entirely of gaffer tape and safety pins which Garry Holford, senior Event Manager at KDM, designed, made and modelled.

Despite the slight lack of enthusiasm at the start of the event everyone, including the men involved and those who are sewing challenged, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the event. This event will bring out the creative side in everyone – and, unlike the KDM team, if you’re lucky that’s all you’ll see!


Please contact us if you are interested in booking a Catwalk Challenge or any other indoor team building event.

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Braving the Dragons’ Den – No Budding Entrepreneurs Here!

January 2012

Last week, teams from KDM stepped in to the Dragons’ Den to present fantastic new product ideas. Unfortunately, Peter Jones wasn’t available and Graeme, who was running the event, refused to invest any of his hard earned cash but we still had plenty of fun.

In this team building event, teams have to develop a completely original product write an accompanying presentation and then pitch their idea to the dragons.

Surprisingly, after a lovely long Christmas break brains were in gear and we quickly came up with ideas for a product and got cracking on making a proto-type and developing snazzy presentations to accompany our pitch.

The two brand new products created were ‘Glide’ a tool to help the elderly put their coats on and ‘The Happy Mouth’ an aid for when your drinking arm becomes weary after prolonged pub sessions!

Top things I’ve learnt from this event:

~ Sometimes you really can make something out of nothing

~ This event is suitable for all guests – even those who know nothing about the famous TV show this event earned its namesake from

~ It’s highly flexible and easily tailored to a specific company

~ No one from KDM is a budding James Dyson***

~ Don’t make up the budgeting section of the presentation and then try to ‘blag’ your way through questions from the dragons – it won’t work

~ Sam does an excellent impression of a drunk person

***James Dyson is the billionaire inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner! So, now you know.

For more details on Braving the Dragons’ Den or any other KDM event please contact us on 01782 646300.

Oh and Happy New Year from everyone at KDM! Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012!

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