Category: Team Building Activities

13 Fun Ideas for Team Building in Johannesburg

Fun Team Building Ideas in Johannesburg
Murder Mystery Team Building Event

Your team in Johannesburg seems a bit sluggish and it is time for a boost in team morale. Team building activities are a fun way to motivate your team and strengthen bonds between team members.

With so many team building options available it can be a daunting task to decide on one activity. In order to make your decision easier we have put together a summary of some of our more popular team building events in Johannesburg.

The following are some ideas for team building in and around the greater Johannesburg area.

  1. Tribal Survivor Challenges
  2. Potjiekos Cooking Competitions
  3. Amazing Race Events
  4. Escape Room Activities
  5. Drumming Events
  6. Movie Making Activities
  7. Minute to Win It Games
  8. Box Cart Building and Racing
  9. Laughter Games
  10. Hitting the Target Activity
  11. Charity Team Building Events
  12. Art Workshop
  13. Murder Mystery Events

 

Team Building Activities

 

1. Tribal Survivor Team Building Challenges in Johannesburg

Inspired by the iconic Survivor reality game show franchise, the Tribal Survivor Challenge is a fun, exciting and interactive team building event suitable for all ages and fitness levels.  Your group will be divided into tribes and each tribe will have to come up with a name and flag for their tribe. One of the most entertaining parts of this challenge comes next with each tribe having to create an choreograph a war cry which will be performed in front of the other tribes.

In the next part of the Tribal Survivor Challenge, the tribes compete against each other in various team building exercises with a variety of outcomes such as enhancing communication, encouraging teamwork and cooperation. Points are awarded for each of the activities and the tribe with the highest points at the end of Tribal Survivor Challenge is declared the winning tribe.

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Team designing their flag during their Tribal Survivor Challenge team building event.

2. Potjiekos Cooking Competitions in Johannesburg

A Potjiekos Cooking Competition is an effective way for teams to get to know each other better while working together on a common goal. Your group will be divided into teams that will compete with each other for the first choice of ingredients. Teams are allowed to barter with each other for any ingredients that they may still need.

When all the ingredients are ready, the teams can start with cooking their potjie. While waiting for the potjies to finish cooking, teams compete against each other in some more team building exercises. When the potjies are ready they are presented for judging, and after the meal the winners and runners up are announced.

The Potjiekos Cooking Competition is a great activity for building camaraderie and team spirit.

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Team from Woolworths during their Potjiekos Cooking Competition.

3. Amazing Race Team Building Events in Johannesburg

Inspired by the popular Amazing Race reality show, the Amazing Race team building event is an exciting and fast moving activity designed to get teams working together to complete various tasks.

Teams are provided with clues to help them find all the “check-in” points. Some of these “check-in” points have activities that the teams will have to complete before moving to the next point, while others will just require the team to prove that they were at the point. These “check-in” points are hidden throughout the venue and teams need to find them in the correct sequence. The first team to complete all the activities and tasks is declared the winning team of the Amazing Race team building event.

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Team from Vukani Gaming during their Amazing Race team building event.

4. Escape Room Team Building Activities in Johannesburg

In the Escape Room team building activity, teams are locked into themed rooms from which they have to escape. In order to escape, they have to work out all the hidden clues and complete some pressurized tasks within 60 minutes. Escape Room activities are an exciting and challenging way to test your team’s problem solving skills.

Escape Room team building activities also help teams improve their communication and strengthens relationships within the team. This activity highlights how individual decisions can be of benefit to the team.

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Team from Imperial Logistics during their Escape Room team building activity.

5. Drumming Team Building Events in Johannesburg

Drumming activities are very suitable for team building because everyone can participate in the activity regardless of age, race or position within your organization. In Africa, drumming has historically been used for communication, and many groups and individuals use drumming activities to release stress, raise their spirits, enhance their focus and for developing better cooperation in groups. It is a very effective tool for synchronizing the thought processes of team members.  Drumming activities are also beneficial for developing hand-eye coordination, listening skills and creativity. When team members create rythms together, it also naturally promotes teamwork.

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Team members during a drumming event.

6. Movie Making Team Building Activities in Johannesburg

A Movie Making team building activity is a great way to discover and encourage creativity in your team. In the Movie Making activity, the team members have to work together to write a script, produce, direct and act in the “Movie” using limited resources. The process of making the movie taps into both the creative and practical abilities of the team. Not only is Movie Making an excellent way to get your team to work together, but it also provides great entertainment when the movies are viewed at the end of the event.

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Movie Making Team Building Activities in Johannesburg
Team members participating in a Movie Making team building activity.

7. Minute to Win It Team Building Games in Johannesburg

Based on the popular game show franchise, Minute to Win It team building games is an entertaining way of getting everyone on your team involved. In this activity, teams compete against each other in a variety of challenges which must be completed within 60 seconds. The challenges are completed using everyday household objects such as elastic bands, paper cups, empty cans, balloons and toilet paper. Points are awarded for each challenge and the team with the highest points at the end of the event is declared the winning team.

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Team member completing the Nut Stacker Minute to Win It challenge.

8. Box Cart Building and Racing Team Building Activity in Johannesburg

The Box Cart Building and Racing team building activity combines creativity, technical precision, leadership, communication and a dose of bravery and fitness for a few. Teams are provided with the necessary parts to create and complete their Box Cart. The teams have to design and paint the bodywork of the Box Cart, the drivers racing top, as well creating a team song. All of this has to be done in a race against time as the Box Cart needs to be completed before the starting time of the race. The teams race their Box Carts against each other in a relay format, with multiple team members having the opportunity to drive and push the cart towards the finish line. This is an excellent activity for enhancing teamwork and relationships within your team.

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Team from Allan Gray during their Box Cart Building & Racing team building event.

9. Laughter Games Team Building Activity in Johannesburg

If you want your team to bond through laughter, the Laughter Games team building activity is the one for you. In this activity, your group is divided into teams which compete against each other in various team building exercises designed to create a lot of laughter. Getting your team to laugh together has many benefits to the team. It is a powerful antidote to stress and connects team members to each other. Furthermore, laughter relaxes the body, boosts the immune system and releases feel good chemicals. Being able to laugh, play and have fun together makes being part of a team more enjoyable and helps the team to solve problems, connect with each other and be more creative.

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Team from Nedbank during their Laughter Games team building activities.

10. Hitting the Target Team Building Activity in Johannesburg

Hitting The Target is an ideal team building activity if you want to emphasize the importance of accuracy and correct decision making when working as a team. Your group is divided into teams which compete against each other in team building exercises designed to test the participant’s accuracy and aim. Points are awarded after each challenge and the team with the most points at the end of the event is declared the winning team.

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Hitting the Target Team Building Activity in Johannesburg
Team from Barclays Life Botswana during their team building activity.

11. Charity Team Building Events in Johannesburg

Letting your team take part in activities where they are helping others is one of the best ways of bringing your team together and strengthening bonds within the team. Charity team building activities not only teach your team the skills needed to function as a high-performing team, but also gives back to the community. These activities also highlight the significance of team members engaging their hearts in their work together.

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Charity Team Building Activities in Johannesburg
Team from WWF SA during their Charity Team Building Activity.

12. Art Workshop Team Building Activity in Johannesburg

An Art Workshop team building activity is an excellent option for teams that want to do something more creative together. The Art Workshop highlights the importance of unity in diversity and creative thinking. Your group will be divided into teams, and each team is given a blank canvas, paints and brushes. The teams are then each given a subject to paint and they are made to believe that the challenge is to produce the best work of art on their particular canvas. Each team works separately on their own canvas and are not aware of what the other teams are painting. Unknown to them, all the teams are working on different parts of one big painting. While thinking they are competing against each other, all the teams are in fact working on one single goal.

This fun team building activity is a rewarding challenge for participants and promotes cohesion within a group. The activity ends on a motivating high as the participants are impressed by what the group achieved through the individual efforts of each team member.

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Art Workshop Team Building Activity in Johannesburg
Team from BankservAfrica during their Art Workshop team building activity at The Pyramid in Johannesburg.

13. Murder Mystery Team Building Events in Johannesburg

A Murder Mystery team building activity is a fun way for your team members to get to know each as they work together to solve a mystery. Although Murder Mysteries are usually played out over a meal, the event can be just as effective without it. Costumes and dress up accessories such wigs are provided on the day. The “murder” is announced, and the fun begins as each accused try to prove their innocence.  Murder Mystery events are most definitely one of the more entertaining team building ideas.

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Murder Mystery Team Building Activities in Johannesburg
Team from Malcolm Lyons and Brivik during their team building activity.

 

Now you are ready to treat your team to a great time while they are learning to work together and forming stronger bonds.

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Why Team Building is Important

Why Team Building is Important

Have you ever needed to convince management that your company needs team building? Did you need to provide reasons why team building is important. As a team building facilitation company, of course we believe team building events are important and absolutely essential to the success of your team, but we realize that not everyone gets why team building is necessary. To help you convince management that team building is necessary, we have put together a  list of reasons why team building is important.

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Reasons Why Team Building is Important

  • Team building help team members set common goals and effective goal setting is essential to the success of a team.
  • Team building help management assess the members of the team and gives them the opportunity to see how everyone work together in different situations. When a team have to solve problems under pressure, strengths and weaknesses of team members come to the fore.
  • Team building often places teams in engaging situations that require attention and critical thinking. The right team building activities will encourage team members to think on their feet and find instant solutions to problems.
  • Team building assists in defining roles within the team. During team building activities, participants tend to realize their strengths and ultimately their role in the team. Some team members may come forward as leaders, while others show critical thinking abilities.
  • Team building is an effective vehicle for cultivating communication within the team.
  • Team building is also about having fun and laughing together. Laughing together is an effective way to enhance relationships in a team and unites a team during difficult times.
  • Team building improves morale among team members.
  • Team building is a fun, participative and non threatening way to break down any existing barriers that may exist in the team.
  • Team building exercises can be customized to develop specific skills that are required in the team.
  • Team building often identifies leadership qualities in a team member which may have not been noticed before.
  • Team building is a great way to bring your team together and help team members to get to know each other better which in turn leads to better relationships within the team.
  • Team building highlights differences in the team and creates respect for different cultures and personalities in the team.
  • Team building fosters team spirit that can be carried over to the workplace.
  • Team building will help to motivate your team to finish that important project before the deadline.
  • Team building is a great way to reward your team and give recognition to team members for their contribution to the team.
  • Team building encourages cooperation in a team and every member is encouraged to participate. Team members learn that the role of each team member is important. Team building creates a sense of connectedness and interpersonal support among the team.
  • Team building leads to successful companies. Strong, happy and unified teams are crucial to the success of a company. Companies need teams that work as a unit and are willing to assist each other. Working as a team leads to the improvement of operations, finishing projects on time and efficiently satisfying the requirements of clients.

Still not convinced? This what some of our customers had to say about team building.

What Our Customers Say About Team Building

“We would like to say a big thank you to your team for facilitating our Minute to win-it session this afternoon. Your team was absolutely fantastic and really re-ignited our teams’ energy after a busy audit season.” Kerryn Lee, Financial Manager, Tarsus

“We would like to express our most  sincere gratitude to you for all your assistance throughout .The team building was a huge success; everyone says they had so much fun .Wayne and Zuma did an amazing job as facilitators, tell them to keep up the good job!!!” Veronica Kgautlhe, Barclays Life Botswana

“I just wanted to thank you for arranging this team building session. We benefited tremendously from this and I would recommend this to anyone. Ian is a fantastic facilitator.” Dr Carola Kirchner, Namibian Project Coordinator, Benguala Current Convention

“Thank you once more for being of assistance. I would like to express my satisfactory by complimenting the two facilitators who were assigned to us, Mr James and Mr Tebogo. The two gentlemen are experienced, they have done a sterling job, and were able to stir my team to the right direction. The activities were appropriate and fit so well to our theme. Words cannot express the huge impact they left on us, my management team were so impressed and cannot stop talking about the sterling job they have done. Well done. Thanks TBAE for the great service, you are the best and super professional. Looking forward to working with you in future.” Lebo Maphosa, NNR

“Just a quick note to say thank you for the awesome team building last week. Our team had a blast. The team build achieved what it set out to do, teamwork and also enjoying what you do. The facilitators were great and did an excellent job with getting the team going and to participate.” Veni, Standard Bank

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As you can see there are many reasons why team building is important. The question is really not whether team building is important, but can your team afford not to do team building.

 

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Role Playing Team Building Exercises

Team Building Through Role Playing

Role playing is a useful tool for team building in social learning situations. It requires a minimum of two people, which makes it suitable for small groups. This type of team building exercise allows team members to examine situations from different points of view and prepare for different situations that they will face in the real world.

People typically love or hate role playing activities. The purpose of role playing is to encourage the team to engage with the topic, prepare for different scenarios, and see different points of view. Providing examples will help team members engage and learn in the role playing activities. Once role playing is acted out, the team should debrief and discuss what they learned from the scenarios. When done correctly, role playing is an effective social learning tool.

Related: Types of Team Building Exercises, Fun Games that You Can Use for Team Building

Identify Work Related Scenarios

The first step to effective role play is identifying work related scenarios. Scenarios will vary according to each team. Identifying the scenarios requires the topics to be researched and written well. Make use of scripts and take your time making decisions.

When choosing work related scenarios, try using open discussion. Brainstorm problems and situations that the team will face. Make a list of these, and determine which ones will make effective role playing scenarios.

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Add Variables

Variables are situations that change from one scenario to the next. These are what makes it possible to create different role playing scenarios for each problem. Things that change include the number and nature of the characters and the settings. As these details change, the role playing will change. For example, a role play scenario with a customer can vary. Variables include phone communication, returns, irate customers, etc. Each variable alters the dynamics of the role play and determines that appropriate response from the participants.  When choosing variables, identify the ones that target your team’s needs.

Assign Roles

The details of the role play must be clear. They include the setting, number of participants needed, the role of each participant, and the nature of the problem. The next step is to assign the roles to each person participating. The roles playing scenarios should be short. The goal is for each participant to play each role, which is why role playing between two people works well. Playing the different roles allows the participants to see things from multiple perspectives. It also helps everyone engage with the scenario completely.

Prepare Role-Players

Before engaging in role playing, it is a good idea to provide the players with a little guidance. Role play is not an excuse to act out. A few ground rules will help keep the role playing activities in line. You need to address appropriate behavior during role playing activities and how to stay focused.

Examples of Ground Rules:

  • Profane language is not allowed.
  • Sexual innuendo is not allowed.
  • Stay on the topic outlined in the scenario.

Act It Out

Role playing requires people to act out different scenarios. This can be difficult to for some team members if they are shy or uncomfortable. This is why it is important to create a comfortable atmosphere and begin with a demonstration. Remind participants that they are acting out a role, and encourage them to have fun with the situation. You may want to lead them in breathing techniques or visualization techniques to help improve their mindset before the team building activity.

Debrief

After completing the role playing exercises, groups should debrief. This allows participants to share their observations and what they learned. There are many different ways to debrief. For example, you may choose to have people write short explanations, lead a discussion, or a combination of both. The method of debriefing you choose will depend on the size and dynamics of the team. Regardless of the way you debrief, you should end the session by reviewing the main conclusions that the team made on the subject.

Mirror Good Examples

Demonstrating role play ahead of time will make team members more comfortable with the idea. It will also increase participation and provide an example that will guide them as they perform their own role play scenarios. Examples for people to mirror may be done in different ways. You may ask two volunteers to perform in front of the class, or you may perform a role play with another leader or a participant. When providing an example for people to mirror, it is a good idea to start with a prewritten script. This will prevent any awkward pauses or confusion.

General Role Playing Tips

Every role playing team building exercise and setting is unique and should be treated like it is. Individualizing role play will increase its effectiveness. Team leaders have different options that will improve role play for each team. Making sure that participants are comfortable is the single most effective tip for improving role play.

Tips:

  • Ask for feedback after the demonstration.
  • Do not force people to perform demonstrations.
  • Pair the role play with a game to make it more interesting.
  • Try to use small groups so you can better observe them.

The size and dynamics of the group will determine how the role play should be done.

 

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What to Do When Team Building Activities Go Wrong

Even if we create excellent team building programs and training plans, as facilitators we also recognize that a game or activity that worked with one team may not work with another. In order to be comfortable that you have selected the best activities, consider the following:

  • Avoid activities that would annoy you if you were a participant.
  • Adjust the length and type of activity to suit the length of the team building session. A one-day workshop may or may not benefit from a 45 minute icebreaker at the beginning; a five or ten minute icebreaker is probably just fine. However, if your team is taking part in a three to five day workshop and the outcomes improve when participants get to know one another really well, then an extensive game of up to an hour is appropriate.
  • Know your audience. Senior staff does not usually want to look silly or foolish in front of their subordinates. Junior staff may not be comfortable looking silly in front of their boss.
  • If participants arrive in business clothes, they may not be comfortable with really active games. If your session will be highly active or calls for casual clothes, make sure that participants know that ahead of time.
  • Participants who work together may know each other very well will find some exercises redundant. Be selective about the team building activities that you choose.
  • Learning dealing with personal development subjects such as communication or team building will benefit from games more so than training that relates to computer software, for example. The software group, however, might really need one or even several short energizers throughout the day to maintain motivation levels as well as retention.

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If an activity flops: If a team building activity does not go over well with your team, don’t push it through to the end just because it’s a part of your lesson plan. Sometimes the dynamics of a group do not support an activity.

Here are some things that you can do if an activity flops.

  • Stop the activity and refocus the team. You can let them know that something went wrong, and that you are going to try again or you can abandon it altogether and move on.
  • Watch the energy levels. It is not unusual to expect that if an activity fizzles, the energy in the team will decrease sharply. People may feel that they have done something wrong. An energizer will get everyone reinvested in what is going on and restore those energy levels.
  • Organize an on-the-spot debriefing session and have the team identify what went wrong, and how to remedy the problem or move beyond it. Do not focus on why things went wrong, since that can lead to blaming or negativity that shouldn’t be introduced to the team building session. Focus the conversation on what and how.
  • If the team  building activity was applicable to the learning objectives and would work with some modifications, then make some changes and use it again. If it really isn’t applicable, then let it go and develop something that will enhance the training session the next time that it is offered.

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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.

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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.

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Fun and Interesting Facts About Karaoke

Fun and Interesting Facts About Karaoke

Karaoke originated in Japan, but it has become a popular activity throughout the world. The following are some interesting and fun facts about this popular past time.

  1. The word Karaoke actually means “Empty Orchestra” in Japanese.
  2. Karaoke was born in a Japanese town called Kobe when a band failed to show up for a gig in a bar. The innovative owner played some music and asked his customers to come up and sing.
  3. The most popular song requested at Karaoke Bars is “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.
  4. There are over 100 000 karaoke bars in China.
  5. The record for the longest karaoke performance by one person lasted 101 hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds.
  6. The largest worldwide karaoke consisted of 160 000 participants.
  7. Japanese businessmen often hire professional singers to coach them how to improve their performance so that they can impress their clients.
  8. There is Karaoke World Championship, which started in 2003.
  9. Many Karaoke Champions go on to secure record deals.
  10. The 4th week in April is national Karaoke week.
  11. Some karaoke machines in Japan not only rates the performance of the singer, but also tell the singer how many calories were burnt during their performance.

TBAE’s Karaoke Challenge team building activity is a great way for your team to get to know each other and bond together. The Karaoke Challenge always results in a lot of laughter as fellow team members try and outdo each other to show off their singing talents. The Karaoke Challenge is also an excellent activity for encouraging the more withdrawn and shy team members to step outside their comfort zones… click here for more information

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21 Benefits of Team Building Activities

Benefits of Team Building Activities

You have seen the team building events of other companies and know that your team will benefit from team building exercises, but management is not convinced that it is a worthwhile investment. We have put together a list of benefits that your team will gain from team building activities to help you state your case to management.

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  • Team building activities will improve the morale of the team.
  • You can use team building activities to identify any barriers to creativity within the team.
  • Certain team building exercises can be used to teach your team how to clearly define objectives and goals.
  • Team building events help your team improve processes and procedures in the workplace.
  • Team building activities encourage communication within the team.
  • Taking part in team building activities helps the team members to identify and develop team roles.
  • Team building activities often lead to organizational productivity.
  • Team building exercises are an effective way of identifying strengths and weaknesses in a team.
  • Improve your team’s problem solving skills with problem solving team building exercises.
  • Team building is a non threatening, fun and participative way to break down any existing barriers in the team.
  • You can use team building activities to identify leadership qualities in your team members.
  • Outcome based team building activities help address specific areas of weakness in a team such as communication or team work.
  • Specialized team building activities such as Art Workshops highlights the unity that can exist in diversity.
  • Team building exercises can be used to develop specific skills that are required in the team.
  • Team building events bring teams together and help the members to get to know each other better which leads to better relationships within the team.
  • Team building events promote professional business relationships.
  • Participating together in team building activities creates respect for different personalities and cultures in the team.
  • The team spirit developed during team building activities can be taken back to the office environment for implementation in the workplace.
  • If your team seems to be running low on motivation, team building activities can be a great way to get the motivation up again to finish that important project.
  • Creative outcome based team building activities will encourage a more creative approach to problem solving in your team.
  • You can use team building events to reward your team and give recognition to team members.

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Why Reviewing is an Important Part of Team Building Activities

Reviewing the Team Building Activity

Reviewing is an important part of any team building activity or learning program. It is a point in the activity session where you can connect the dots, confirm the learning with the team and consolidate any information that they may have taken on board during the team building activity.

There can be many positive results from reviewing during a team building activity, including highlighting any learning points for the team to take on board for the remainder of the session and setting progressive goals for the team.

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Reviewing Energizes the Team Building Activity

The more fun someone is having then the more they will learn from it. Reviews allow participants to holistically look back on the team building activity and offer a dynamic approach to learning – whereby learning can be made obvious through fun and stimulating methods.

Reviewing Enriches the Team Building Experience

Reviewing can encourage people to notice more about themselves, others and their surroundings. By team members, valuing their experiences more, they will increase in confidence and build a better rapport with others. By knowing a review is coming up, participants may also start anticipating the review and think about the team building activity and any other potential review material.

Reviewing Help Teams Make Sense of the Team Building Activity

Reviewing takes participants beyond their normal responses and helps make sense of their experiences. It may also introduce a fresh perspective, or provide the opportunity for team members to talk things through and be listened to. During the activity, participants may experience – fear, anxiety, exhaustion, peace, solitude, camaraderie, pain, anger, alienation, sadness, frustration and joy. Each team member may encounter a very different experience from each other or at different times during one activity or challenge. It is important that reviews can support these ranges.

Reviewing Helps the Team to Make Connections

Team building activity reviews help team members make the connections between the team building activity and everyday life (transfer of learning). It encourages them to think about the wider significance of the activity and by comparing experiences with others, they can reflect back in such a way to enhance the programme and what can be learned. It makes learning obvious and helps them understand the purpose of the session (especially in training specific to job role).

Reviewing Helps to Develop Learning Skills

Reviews enhances the team member’s ability to learn from individual or group experiences and therefore take more responsibility for own learning and development.

Reviewing Assists in Goal Setting

Sometimes it is important to set goals to help transfer or apply what has been learnt to future application, e.g. time management and how this can be applied to workplace schedules. The outcome of reviews may be goals for the task, session or the workplace. This can provide focus and a starting point for future reviews.

Related: Goal Setting Outcome Based Team Building Activities

 

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Step by Step Guide to Deliver Great Team Building Activities

Step by Step Guide to Deliver Great Team Building Activities

The following is a guide that will help you deliver effective team building activities that encourage teamwork, communication, creative thinking, problem solving, decision making, time management, trust and support. It takes you step by step through each phase of the team building activity, from selecting the appropriate exercise to reinforcing the learning outcomes.

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Step 1 – Select Team Building Exercises Appropiate to Your Team

To select the right exercises you must understand the purpose of the team building event and identify learning objectives. The age, ability and any physical limitations of the team members also need to be taken into consideration. Select a number of team building exercises that suite the group and venue, and that will help you achieve your learning objective.

Step 2 – Prepare For Your Team Building Activity

Go through the activity notes and gather any equipment or learning materials. Practice presenting the team building exercises to gain a better understanding of the activity and identify potential problems. Set up the activity area at the team building venue and identify and remove any hazards or potential safety issues.

Step 3 – Introduction and Explanation of the Team Building Activities

Introduce yourself to the group, discuss the importance of teamwork and the learning objectives of the team building activities. Introduce the team building exercise and outline the rules of the exercise. Obtain feedback to ensure that the team understands the activity and clarify the instructions. Provide the team with the equipment needed for the activity.

Step 4 – Run the Team Building Activity

During the activity, encourage and support the team members. Observe and note anything you can use later during the review. If there are time constraints on the activity, make sure you watch the clock and give the team a ‘time check’ occasionally. Do not stop the activity unless you run into serious issues.

Step 5 – Debrief the Team Building Activity

During the debrief, try not to call on anyone by name unless you have to. Be comfortable with silence. Watch for head nodding, smiles, and other indications that they agree with what is being said by others. If any team members give a response that is wrong or inappropriate, ask the team how they feel about it rather than correcting someone. Remember that even if the activity did not go as planned, most participants probably learned something. Try to use a mix of reviewing methods, reflection and questions to engage the team and draw out key learning outcomes.

Step 6 – Reinforce the Learning

Encourage the team leader to display anything the team created during the activity at their workplace. Advise team leaders to often refer to the activities and the lessons learned when they are coaching, giving feedback, or conducting meetings. The team leader should watch for examples of how the participants used what was learned in the team building activities. The team leader can also follow up a couple of days later and ask participants to share what impact the activities had on them.

 

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