In-house Teambuilding/Presentation Skills Hybrid Event, for SCOR Insurance, Paris, July 2019
Updated: Dec 28, 2020
80% of our work is presentation and public speaking skill coaching and training. The other 20% is usually sales training, keynotes, and sometimes, teambuilding.
Everyone has participated in (or probably at least knows something about) teambuilding events. Usually a company books someone to come spend a day and get employees to do strange activities together. The impact teambuilding program we offer is kind of similar to this too, but with a twist.
On July 3rd 2019 I facilitated an event for one of the oldest and most established companies in the Insurance Industry for 120 people coming from over 18 countries, all of whom had just finished their training and were ready to begin their employment. Their employer wanted to give them an energetic and memorable start to their new career.
Our hybrid teambuilding/presentation skills event is designed to give companies a way that their employees not only learn to work together better in teams, but at the same time improve their communication skills, individually and as teams while supporting a worthwhile charity with their efforts. In this case, Action Enfance. A non-profit organization running a group of youth-homes for children and young teenagers who have been removed from their families for various reasons (i.e. domestic violence or substance abuse).
Our collective goal was to present, at the end of the day, 55 completed teddy bears, with their super-hero uniform and personal backpack, to their organization to be distributed among the children.
So, 1pm, I kicked off with a short opening, and then showing them this short video from Benoit Revillion, Head of Partnerships for Action Enfance, explaining the organization, who they are and what they do (in French, with English subs)
People were now fired up! The usual teambuilding activities were now inspiring challenges. There is nothing like a common higher purpose to unite a team and inspire them to peak performance.
So now we got to the good stuff - the challenges. The first challenge was developing individual networking and self-presentation skills - our first exercise gave people 10 minutes to meet and greet their new co-workers (with an introduction time of 20 seconds each, then switch to the next person, so in total, meeting 30 people). We gave them advice on how to network, introduce themselves, and memorize names quickly, then set them loose. Afterwards, one participant was able to remember 23 of her new co-workers' names and a small fact about them. Not bad! In 2nd place, someone could remember 19, and another 17. Impressive.
Upon completing this activity, everyone went into teams to take on a series of challenges. We created the teams so they were international and professionally diverse with a mix of nationalities and fields of expertise. At the end of each challenge, teams received a component to create the teddy-bears, and the winning teams would get a head start on the building time, so teams had to pull together to get ahead.
Our first team challenge was getting on stage and introducing their team in the most memorable way possible. Here are some photos of the teams getting on stage and giving their best group presentation for the "judges" (who were non-participating members of the company).
As you can see some of them got quite creative, and fun! As we did not specify against using multimedia, one team decided to put the audio and visual equipment in the hall to good use winning themselves 1st place.
We went on to 3 more challenges, then finally, the highlight of the event, building the teddy-bear. Each team stuffed their bear, put his superhero-uniform on, and wrote a short note to the child who would receive the bear with words of encouragement and support.
Here we are at the end, all 129 of us, thumbs up and celebrating the end of a successful event.
Me and 2 of the the Learning and Development managers at SCOR then hopped in a taxi, along with the 55 stuffed teddy bears (drawing interesting looks from the taxi-driver) headed to the the Paris headquarters of Action Enfance to turn them over to Benoit where our gift was well received on behalf of the children in their care.
Do you want a fun, exciting, event which both boosts your team morale and performance, while supporting a worthwhile kids charity? New employee inductions, sales meetings, manager conferences, annual events - whatever the situation, we have a set of challenges and program which will be the stuff of conversations for years to come. Get in touch with us.