Improve Communication With Your Team By Asking Good Questions

Improve Communication With Your Team By Asking Good Questions

Good questioning skills are essential to successful communication with your team. In this blog, we will look closer at questioning techniques that you can use throughout the communication process.

Open Questions

Open questions get their name because the response is open-ended; the answerer has a wide range of options to choose from when answering it.

Open questions use one of six words as a root:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?

Open questions are like going fishing with a net – you never know what you’re going to get! Open questions are great conversation starters, fact finders, and communication enhancers. Use them whenever possible when communicating with your team.

Related: Communication Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Closed Questions

Closed questions are the opposite of open questions; their very structure limits the answer to yes or no, or a specific piece of information. Some examples include:

  • Do you like chocolate?
  • Were you born in December?
  • Is it five o’clock yet?

Although closed questions tend to shut down communication, they can be useful if you are searching for a particular piece of information from your team, or winding a conversation down.

If you use a closed question and it shuts down the conversation, simply use an open-ended question to get things started again. Here is an example:

  • Do you like the Flaming Ducks hockey team?
  • Who is your favorite player?

Probing Questions

In addition to the basic open and closed questions, there is also a toolbox of probing questions that you can use. These questions can be open or closed, but each type serves a specific purpose.

Clarification

By probing for clarification, you invite the other person to share more information so that you can fully understand their message. Clarification questions often look like this:

  • “Please tell me more about…”
  • “What did you mean by…”
  • “What does… look like?” (Any of the five senses can be used here)

Completeness and Correctness

These types of questions can help you ensure you have the full, true story. Having all the facts, in turn, can protect you from assuming and jumping to conclusions – two fatal barriers to communication.

Some examples of these questions include:

  • “What else happened after that?”
  • “Did that end the…”

Determining Relevance

This category will help you determine how or if a particular point is related to the conversation at hand. It can also help you get the team member back on track from a tangent.

Some good ways to frame relevance questions are:

  • “How is that like…”
  • “How does that relate to…”

Drilling Down

Use these types of questions to nail down vague statements. Useful helpers include:

  • “Describe…”
  • “What do you mean by…?”
  • “Could you please give an example?”

Summarizing

These questions are framed more like a statement. They pull together all the relevant points. They can be used to confirm to the team member that you heard what was said, and to give them an opportunity to correct any misunderstandings.

Example: “So you picked out a dress, had to get it fitted three times, and missed the wedding in the end?”

Be careful not to avoid repeating the team member’s words back to them like a parrot. Remember, paraphrasing means repeating what you think the team member said in your own words.

Speaking Like a STAR to Your Team

Speak Like a STAR

You can ensure that the message you are communicating to your team is clear, complete, correct, and concise, with the STAR acronym. This article will explore the STAR acronym in conjunction with the six roots of open questions (Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?).

Related: Communication Outcome Based Team Building Activities

S = Situation

First, state what the situation is. Try to make this no longer than one sentence. If you are having trouble, ask yourself, “Where?”, “Who?”, and, “When?”. This will provide a base for the message so it can be clear and concise.

Example: “On Tuesday, I was in a director’s meeting at the main plant.”

T = Task

Next, briefly state what your task was. Again, this should be no longer than one sentence. Use the question, “What?” to frame your sentence, and add the “Why?” if appropriate.

Example: “I was asked to present last year’s sales figures to the group.”

A = Action

Now, state what you did to resolve the problem in one sentence. Use the question, “How?” to frame this part of the statement. The Action part will provide a solid description and state the precise actions that will resolve any issues.

Example: “I pulled out my laptop, fired up PowerPoint, and presented my slide show.”

R = Result

Last, state what the result was. This will often use a combination of the six roots. Again, a precise short description of the results that come about from your previous steps will finish on a strong definite note.

Example: “Everyone was wowed by my prep work, and by our great figures!”

Summary

Let’s look at a complete example using STAR. Let’s say you’re out with friends on the weekend. Someone asks you what the highlight of your week at work was. As it happens, you had a great week, and there is a lot to talk about. You use STAR to focus your answer so you don’t bore your friends, and so that you send a clear message.

You respond: “On Tuesday, I was in a director’s meeting at the main plant. I was asked to present last year’s sales figures to the group. I pulled out my laptop, fired up PowerPoint, and presented my slide show. Everyone was wowed by my prep work, and by our great figures!”

This format can be compressed for quick conversations, or expanded for lengthy presentations. We encourage you to try framing statements with STAR, and see how much more confident you feel when communicating.

What Your Body Language is Communicating to Your Team

What Your Body Language is Communicating to Your Team

When you are communicating something to your team, your body is sending a message that is as powerful as your words. When talking about body language, remember that our interpretations are just that – common interpretations. For example, the person sitting with his or her legs crossed may simply be more comfortable that way, and not feeling closed-minded towards the discussion. Body language can also mean different things across different genders and cultures. However, it is good to understand how various behaviors are often seen, so that we can make sure our body is sending the same message as our mouth.

Related: Communication Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Think about these scenarios for a moment. What non-verbal messages might you receive in each scenario? How might these non-verbal messages affect the verbal message?

  • Your boss asks you to come into his office to discuss a new project. He looks stern and his arms are crossed.
  • A team member tells you they have bad news, but they are smiling as they say it.
  • You tell a co-worker that you cannot help them with a project. They say that it’s OK, but they slam your office door on their way out.

In this article we will show you how to use body language to become a more effective communicator. It is also important that as a team leader you learn to interpret body language, add it to the message you are receiving, and understand the message being sent appropriately.

All About Body Language

Body language is a very broad term that simply means the way in which our body speaks to others. We have included an overview of three major categories below.

The way that we are standing or sitting

Think for a moment about different types of posture and the message that they relay.

  • Sitting hunched over typically indicates stress or discomfort.
  • Leaning back when standing or sitting indicates a casual and relaxed demeanor.
  • Standing ramrod straight typically indicates stiffness and anxiety.

The position of our arms, legs, feet, and hands

  • Crossed arms and legs often indicate a closed mind.
  • Fidgeting is usually a sign of boredom or nervousness.

Facial expressions

  • Smiles and frowns speak a million words.
  • A raised eyebrow can mean inquisitiveness, curiosity, or disbelief.

Chewing one’s lips can indicate thinking, or it can be a sign of boredom, anxiety, or nervousness.

Interpreting Gestures

A gesture is a non-verbal message that is made with a specific part of the body. Gestures differ greatly from region to region, and from culture to culture. Below we have included a brief list of gestures and their common interpretation.

Gesture Interpretation
Nodding head Yes
Shaking head No
Moving head from side to side Maybe
Shrugging shoulders Not sure; I don’t know
Crossed arms Defensive
Tapping hands or fingers Bored, anxious, nervous
Shaking index finger Angry
Thumbs up Agreement, OK
Thumbs down Disagreement, not OK
Pointing index finger at someone/something Indicating, blaming
Handshake Welcome, introduction
Flap of the hand Doesn’t matter, go ahead
Waving hand Hello
Waving both hands over head Help, attention
Crossed legs or ankles Defensive
Tapping toes or feet Bored, anxious, nervous

 

 

Successful Teams Use SMART Goals

Successful Teams Use SMART Goals

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins

If your team cannot achieve their goals, there is a chance that they are not creating the correct goals. Whenever your team is creating goals, they will find that following the rules for SMART goals will be easier to achieve. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. When they combine the elements of SMART goals, your team will have a greater chance of success.

Related: Goal Setting Outcome Based Team Building

Specific

Goals need to be specific. Your team will not be able to reach their goals if they are broad and general because planning will be too difficult. For example, “Improve our performance” is too broad. The team cannot work towards this general goal. Specific goals explain what is necessary to complete a goal and guides the team as they try to reach the goal. Specific goals may also identify location, requirements, and the reasoning behind the goal.

Measurable

Goals need to be measurable in order to be effective. A measurable goal specifies the when a goal is accomplished by answering, “how much?” or “how many?” It provides measurable results. Without measurable goals, it is difficult to realize when the goal has been reached.

Attainable

Goals must always be attainable. It is important that the team creates goals that are challenging, but they still need to be within reach. When goals are unattainable, the team will give up on them without even trying. The measure of a goal should always be attainable.

Realistic

It is important that the team set realistic goals. Realistic goals are directly related to the team’s abilities. For example, a goal to reprogram the computer is not realistic if you do not have the education or experience to accomplish the task. Additionally, you need to make sure that the team has access to the tools necessary to meet their goals. If a goal seems unrealistic, break it down into smaller chunks to know for certain.

Timely

Your team should always create goals that have specific time frames. General goals do not establish any time frames, which means that you may continue to pursue goals that you should relinquish. Timely goals encourages the team to move forward in order to meet the deadline they have established. Once a time frame has been reached, the team should take the time to reevaluate the goal.

Achieving Team Goals Using “To Do” Lists

Achieving Team Goals Using “To Do” Lists

“To do” lists are important tools used for achieving team goals, but if “to do” lists are not done properly, they are useless. Too often, teams create lists that they never come close to completing. There are characteristics that effective “to do” lists share. If the team’s “to do” list includes these basic characteristics, the team will find it easier to accomplish the tasks that they established.

Focus on the Important

The main mistake that teams make when creating “to do” lists is making them too long. It is not possible to place every little task on a “to do” list. For a list to be effective, the team must focus on the important tasks. The best method for making a “to do” list is to create a list of everything the team wants to accomplish and then cut that list down to a manageable size. Remember that an important task will align with the team goals. If a task is not important enough to make the list, do not attempt to squeeze it in later. You do not want to split the team’s attention. Focusing only on the important tasks will help the team complete the “to do” list and reach the team goals.

Chunk, Block, Tackle

When creating a “to do” list, the team should keep chunk, block, and tackle in mind. The first part of this strategy should be familiar. The team needs to break up a large task into smaller ones.

  • Chunk: Break projects into tasks that are 15 minutes or less.
  • Block: Block out time to complete each chunk.
  • Tackle: Tackle each specific task individually rather than looking at the entire project.

Related: Goal Setting Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Implementing chunk, block, tackle, will motivate your team to complete the project because they will feel a sense of accomplishment as they complete each chunk. When creating the “to do” list, the team should include the project chunks that they created rather than listing the project as a whole. The team should also include the time estimate for each task.

Make It a Habit

The team needs to make “to do” lists regularly for them to be effective. Creating “to do” lists should become a habit for the team. The best way to accomplish this is by creating the team “to do” list at the same time each day. When creating a new “to do” list, the team should transfer any unfinished tasks from the current list to the list for the next day. Once creating the list becomes a habit, it will become faster and easier for the team to revise the “to do” list every day.

Plan Ahead

“To do” lists will not help the team reach their goals unless they are implemented. Until they are executed, lists are just reminders of what the team still need to accomplish. The key to using lists is to plan ahead. The team should take time to prioritize and schedule the list each day.

How to complete the list:

  • Make a schedule: Schedule the tasks on your “to do” list each day.
  • Set a timer: Set a timer or an alarm for each task.
  • Stay focused: Do not be sidetracked by unimportant tasks.

If the team plans the day around the “to do” list, they will find themselves completing more of the tasks and getting things done.

Team Building Quotes From Norman Vincent Peale

Team Building Quotes From Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale was an American minister and author known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking. First published in 1952, The Power of Positive Thinking, was by far his most read work. The book stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 186 consecutive weeks. Some of his other popular works include The Art of LivingA Guide to Confident LivingThe Tough-Minded Optimist, and Inspiring Messages for Daily Living. Norman Vincent Peale served as a Reformed Church in America pastor at Marble Collegiate Church in New York, from 1932 until his death. During that time the church’s membership grew from about 600 to over 5 000. He was a personal friend of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan awarded Peale the Presidential Medal of Freedom on March 26, 1984 for his contributions to the field of theology.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Norman Vincent Peale, which you can use to motivate and build your team.

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it’s more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture… Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Change yourself and your work will seem different.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“When every physical and mental resource is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“It’s always too early to quit.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don’t take yourself so seriously.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
– Norman Vincent Peale

The World’s Tallest Constructions

The World’s Tallest Constructions

We have put together a list of the world’s tallest constructions as published by Guiness World Records.

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The Tallest Stack of Pancakes
Center Parcs Sherwood Forest in Rufford, Newark, UK has racked up a mouth-watering Guinness World Records title for the Tallest stack of pancakes – securing the record just in time for Shrove Tuesday. The holiday company’s The Pancake House chefs – James Haywood and Dave Nicholls – expertly whipped up a total of 213 pancakes and created a staggering 101.8 cm (3 ft 4 in) pile.

The Tallest Residential Building
The tallest residential building is the Princess Tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates stands 413.4 m (1,356 ft) high, 101 stories above ground. Architectural height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires (but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment). The highest occupied floor stands at 356.9 m (1,171 ft). Construction of the tower began in 2005, and is estimated to have cost (£134 million ($210 million).

The Tallest Swing
The tallest swing measures 88 m (288 ft 8 in) from the seat to the top of the cross bar and was constructed by B!g Rush (South Africa) in Durban, South Africa, on 14 May 2011. The swing was installed in the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where it was attached to the roof. Participants could swing from a platform across the football ground. For safety reasons the swing seat was 9 meters above the ground.

The Tallest Cemetery
The permanently illuminated Memorial Necrópole Ecumênica, in Santos, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, is 10 storeys high, and occupies an area of 1.8 ha (4.4 acres). Its construction started in March 1983 and the first burial was on 28 July 1984.

The Tallest Cookie Tower
The tallest cookie tower measured 1.83 m (6 ft 1/8 in) tall and was constructed by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County (USA) at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York, USA, on 9 January 2010. 22,800 cookies were used to build the tower. 60 girl scouts participated in shifts of 2 hours.

The Tallest Unoccupied Building
The tallest building that is completely unoccupied is the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. Although it had reached its full height of 330 m (1,082 ft) the building was not finished when construction was halted in 1992. The hotel is the world’s 18th tallest building and would be the world’s tallest hotel if completed.

The Tallest Matchstick Model
The tallest matchstick model was a scale replica of the Eiffel Tower built by Toufic Daher (Lebanon) that measured 6m 53cm in height and was unveiled at City Mall, Beirut, Lebanon, on 11 November 2009 in celebration of Guinness World Records day. Mr. Daher used approximately 6 million matches in building the model.

The Tallest Rideable Motorcycle
The tallest rideable motorcycle measures 5.10 m (16 ft 8.78 in) tall from the ground to the top of the handlebars. It was constructed by Fabio Reggiani (Italy), and the motorcycle was ridden over a 100-m course at Montecchio Emilia, Italy, on 24 March 2012.

The Tallest Artificial Climbing Wall
The tallest artificial climbing wall measures 41.89 m (137.42 ft) and was constructed at Historic Banning Mills, Whitesburg, Georgia, USA. The wall was measured on 9 December 2011. The wall was measured by William Hutson (Land surveyors & engineers, state of Georgia, License LS002312) of Georgia & West Inc., using a Topcon GTS 233W total station laser measuring device. The wall was climbed by Kalib Robertson, an experienced climber, in approximately 12 minutes on 9 December 2011.

Drumming World Records

Drumming World Records

We have put together a list of fun and interesting drumming world records as published by Guiness World Records.

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The Longest Marathon Drumming by a Team
The longest marathon drumming by a team is 3 days 8 hours 2 minutes and was achieved by Janel Spalding, Aaron Houseago, Holly Jones, Ryan Murray and Lorraine Dorrington (all UK) in Dereham, UK, from 26 to 29 August 2016. This is the third time this record has been held by J.D.T. MUSIC ACADEMY. The event was live streamed and the team received messages of support from locations including Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Australia, South Africa, Switzerland, Singapore and Norfolk.

Longest Marathon Drumming by an Individual
Carlos Santos from Portugal recently attempted this musical test of endurance. The determined drummer sat at his kit and played for an amazing 133 hours and 3 minutes, achieving the record and completing the marathon on his son’s fourth birthday. The challenge was no easy feat as Carlos was not permitted to play randomly, but had to accompany recognizable songs, with no more than 30 seconds between each track and limited rest breaks.

The Largest Drum
The largest drum measures 5.54 m (18 ft 2 in) in diameter is 5.96 m (19 ft 6 in) tall and weighs 7 tonnes (15,432 lb 5.76 Oz) and was created by Yeong Dong-Gun local government and Seuk Je Lee (all South Korea) in Simcheon-Meon, South Korea, on 6 July 2011.The drum is a traditional Korean “CheonGo” drum.

Longest Individual Drum Roll
The longest drum roll by an individual is 12 hours 5 min 7 seconds, and was achieved by Jayson Brinkler (UK), in Dartford, Kent, UK, on 16 May 2015.Jayson’s witnesses throughout his attempt included the local mayor and TV actress Cheryl Fergison.

The Longest Group Drum Roll
The longest group drum roll is 64 hours 27 min 59 seconds and was achieved by the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service (UK) at the Tower of London, London, UK, on 3 May 2014. Forty members of the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service took it in turns to drum on the same single snare drum. The record attempt was to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines founded in 1664. The actors Harrison Ford and Tom Hardy were present to launch the record attempt on 30 April 2014.

Largest Group Drum Roll
A total of 1,682 drummers, led by Guildo Horn, (Germany) played a drum roll for 5 min 2 seconds, in an event organized by Lebenshilfe-Werke Trier GmbH, Diedenhofener, Germany, on 30 August 2009. Guildo Horn was also a former Eurovision song contestant. The record attempt was in conjunction with the organizers celebrating their jubilee.

Largest Steel Drum Ensemble
The largest steel drum ensemble consisted of 286 participants, who played the composition ‘Orange’ by Zbigniew Lowzyl (Poland) for five minutes in Mikolajki, Poland, on 21 September 2007

Largest Drumming Lesson
The largest drumming lesson is 1,827 participants, achieved by Inspire-works, Street Child United, and London Schools (all UK), in London, UK, on 3 October 2016. The attempt took place at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Children from 25 London primary schools took up the challenge as part of their Bang the Drum project, with Inspire-works as drumming facilitators. The aim of Bang the Drum 2016 was to unite drummers of all ages and abilities across the globe to bang the drum for street children’s rights.

Longest Marathon Hand Drumming
The longest performance on a hand drum was 501 hours and was achieved by Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan (India) at the Rhythm Therapy Hall, Nandavanam Hospital, Ottapalam, Kerala, India, from 5-26 July 2009. An incredible achievement, beating the previous record by 177 hr! Kuzhalmannam already had a record in this category before, with 101 hr, which was beaten in May 2009.

Most People Playing the Same Drum
The most people playing the same drum is 263 and was organized by PLAY (Poland) at the Przystanek Woodstock Festival, in Kostrzyn nad Odra, Poland, 2 August 2013. The music piece played was We Will Rock You by Queen. The size of the drum was 10 m in diameter and 1,6 m in height.

Team Building Quotes From Robert Kiyosaki

Team Building Quotes From Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki is a well known entrepreneur, investor, author and motivational speaker. He is the author of the book, ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’, which has become one of the all-time best selling personal finance books. Even though he has become a multi-millionaire teaching people how to become rich, he was himself a failure in business at one point of time and had twice gone bankrupt with his business ventures. However, he did not succumb to the downfall and instead started teaching people how not to become poor and evade erroneous financial decisions. Kiyosaki has given financial advice on a number of television news channels including CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. Additionally, he appeared on programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Fox and Friends, Larry King Live, The O’Reilly Factor, The Alex Jones Show, Glenn Beck, and Your World with Neil Cavuto.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Robert Kiyosaki, which you can use to motivate and build your team.

“Most businesses think that product is the most important thing, but without great leadership, mission and a team that deliver results at a high level, even the best product won’t make a company successful.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Often, in the real world, it’s not the smart that get ahead but the bold.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“If you look at anyone who has achieved great success and wealth, people like Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, or Lance Armstrong, they have all focused intensely in order to win.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“I believe that one key to success is to accept truth, no matter how it’s spoken.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“If you are the kind of person who is waiting for the ‘right’ thing to happen, you might wait for a long time. It’s like waiting for all the traffic lights to be green for five miles before starting the trip.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Education is what you learn after you leave school.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“The power of our thoughts may never be measured or appreciated, but it became obvious to me as a young boy that there was value and power in being aware of my thoughts and how I expressed myself.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Few people realize that luck is created.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“As long as you blame someone or something else – something outside you that’s bigger than you are – as the source of your problems, the problems won’t get solved.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“If you’re going to be a winner in life, you have to constantly go beyond your best.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Losers are people who are afraid of losing.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“The thing I always say to people is this: ‘If you avoid failure, you also avoid success.’ ”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Success is not a stop sign.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

Recipes for Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Making

Recipes for Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Making

Cocktail Making as a team building activity is an effective way for your team to bond and to learn how to work better as a team. Having fun together in a team building event like this will strengthen team bonds and create trust between the team members. It will help you uncover strengths in your team you never knew existed as the participants push the boundaries of their creativity in a safe environment. TBAE’s Mix It Up Cocktail Making team building activity also offers a non-alcoholic option. The following are some of examples of non-alcoholic recipes for cocktail making.

Vampire’s Blood Pomegranate Punch

This drink recipe is super easy to whizz up and makes a great punch bowl option for kids and non-drinkers at any occasion or get together.

Ingredients

  1. 500ml pomegranate juice
  2. 250ml grape juice
  3. 250ml ginger ale
  4. Fresh blueberries

Method

Pour the chilled pomegranate juice, grape juice and ginger ale into a large punch bowl and stir.

Sprinkle a generous handful of blueberries so that they bob on the surface of the cocktail. Use a ladle to serve.

Pink Grapefruit Cooler

The refreshing and tart taste of Grapefruit juice has become popular in cocktail making.

Ingredients

  1. 80ml juice from a ripe pink grapefruit
  2. Juice of half a lemon
  3. 40ml sugar syrup (made with equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar is dissolved then cooled)
  4. Cold sparkling or soda water
  5. 2 x mint sprigs
  6. Crushed ice

Method

Pour the sugar syrup into a tumbler and add one mint sprig, stirring and bruising it lightly. Add the citrus juices and stir, then top up with crushed ice and the sparkling or soda water. Garnish with the second mint sprig.

Shirley Temple

This classic cocktail is given a fresh lift with a squeeze of citrus juice.

Ingredients

  1. 15ml grenadine syrup
  2. 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  3. 200ml chilled ginger ale
  4. Maraschino cocktail cherry and thin lime slice, to decorate
  5. Ice cubes

Method

Place a few ice cubes in a tumbler, add the grenadine and lime juice, then top up with ginger ale, and garnish with the cocktail cherry and lime slice.

Lavender Lemonade

The aroma of the steeped lavender heads is wonderful, but do be sure to use lavender which hasn’t been sprayed with any chemicals. It’s best made with flowers that have started to dry out naturally in high summer.

Ingredients

  1. 10g lavender heads
  2. 250ml boiling water
  3. 75g sugar
  4. 600ml cold water (sparkling if you prefer)
  5. Juice of 3 small or 2 large ripe lemons, strained
  6. Ice cubes

Method

Put the flower heads in a small pan and pour over the boiling water. Heat up again and simmer gently for two minutes. Take off the heat and leave to steep for ten minutes. Strain off the flowers, add sugar to the liquid and stir to dissolve it. Add the cold water. Add the lemon juice and stir (the mix turns pink here), then serve in tall, slim tumblers with a few ice cubes in them.

Firepit Steamer

Here’s a hot, spicy, but fresh-tasting drink to wrap your chilly hands around on those cold winter days.

Ingredients

  1. 100ml cranberry juice
  2. 100ml red grape juice
  3. Half a star anise
  4. Half a cinnamon stick, plus one to serve
  5. 2 cloves
  6. Slice of peeled fresh ginger root
  7. 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Method

Simply put all the ingredients except the extra cinnamon stick in a pan and warm up very gently, stirring, and keep hot (not boiling) for several minutes until the spices infuse. Strain into a thick glass tumbler or mug and serve with the cinnamon stick for stirring to release the steam. Drink while hot.

Cherry Sparkle

Make your own red cherry juice with a tang of lime, topped up with sparkling water.

Ingredients

  1. 225g fresh, ripe red cherries
  2. 600ml freshly boiled water
  3. Half a lime
  4. 50g caster sugar
  5. Chilled sparkling water, to taste
  6. Ice cubes

Method

Destalk the cherries, wash them, halve them and take out their stones. Put the fruit in a big bowl and bruise slightly with the back of a spoon. Pour the hot water over them and stir. Peel the lime zest off in thin strips and juice the lime, adding both zest and juice to the bowl, with the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, cover and leave for two hours. Strain off the liquid, divide it between 3 or 4 tumblers and top up with ice and a little cold sparkling water.

Lime and Lemon Grass Spritzer

Easy to make, scented and mouthwatering cocktail.

Ingredients

  1. Half a lemon grass stalk, outer leaves removed, core sliced, plus an extra stalk to garnish
  2. 30ml fresh lime juice
  3. 15ml sugar syrup (make sugar syrup from equal quantities warm water and sugar)
  4. Chilled soda water, to top up
  5. Ice cubes

Method

Place the lemon grass in a glass tumbler and ‘muddle’ to release its oils. Fill the glass with ice and pour in the lime juice and the sugar syrup. Top up with soda water, stir briefly and garnish with the remaining lemon grass stalk.

Coconut Lavender Lemonade

This is a fresh squeezed lemonade made with coconut water and lavender simple syrup. It’s just as gorgeous as it is refreshing.

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, from about 9 lemons
  2. 1 3/4 cups sugar
  3. 8 cups coconut water
  4. 4 cups water
  5. 1/2 recipe Lavender Simple Syrup (recipe follows)

Method

Place lemon juice, sugar, coconut water, and water into a pitcher and shake or stir vigorously until all the sugar is dissolved. Pour 1/2 of the lavender syrup into the pitcher and stir. You can add more or less lavender syrup to your personal taste. I personally find that 1/2 of the lavender syrup recipe is a good balance.