Are you thinking of planning a team building event for your company? If you are, your first stop should be engaging a team building vendor/consultant. As much as you know you team better than anyone, a team building vendor knows the tips and tricks to bringing your team together as a whole to achieve the objectives you set out for. If you’ve never worked with a consultant before, don’t worry! We’ve broken down the top qualities you should look out for when sourcing for the right team building vendor for your team!
1. Solid Experience
First of all, you need a team building vendor with the right background. This applies to both your specific industry niche.These team building vendors may not know about your specific company, and at the end of the day, they don’t need to. What they do need is an understanding of the problems your company is facing and how that shakes out for your employees, and the experience in working with companies of similar scale. You can and should check up on your team building vendor’s Google or Facebook ratings, reviews and testimonial. Additionally, check out their past projects and credentials.
Think of it this way. If you were going to get brain surgery, would you want a neurosurgeon with 15 years of experience, groundbreaking research, and a pristine record, or would you want some guy named Bob who happened to walk past the hospital at the right moment? Surely, you’d want the neurosurgeon. And more importantly, you’d trust the neurosurgeon. Your team won’t trust someone who doesn’t have the experience to know what they’re talking about.
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2. Unimpeachable Character
You’ll also need a team building vendor with unimpeachable character. A professional of the highest order who can be relied upon to prioritise you as a client. These are the team building vendors who care the most about their clients, and are willing to go the extra mile to achieve what you set out to. Furthermore, these team building vendors would be able to encourage reluctant team members to participate when they don’t want to.
This is also a matter of trust. Your team building vendor should make your team feel at ease, even when the team building vendor asks them to do something they wouldn’t normally do.
3. Passionate Staff
It’s the team building facilitator or staff that fronts the team building activities. Therefore, it is really important that the facilitator is passionate and full of fire to make the crowd roar! Request to meet with the facilitator at least once prior to the official event date so that you get a sense of how he/she is going to lead the event. Otherwise, request for a showreel of previous events which they have conducted so you know what to expect. A part of what makes the Cohesion brand are our roster of dedicated facilitators who will go the extra mile to make your event work.
4. Stellar Communication Skills
It doesn’t matter how smart or experienced a consultant is. None of that skill or experience will translate unless they know how to communicate the intended learning points which the client aims to achieve. And since your team is likely to be jaded by negative team building experiences, you’ll need a great communicator to get them involved. Someone who puts them at ease and makes them feel like a valued part of the activity.