This post is part of a series that comes to us from Anne @Unique Gifter, a website full of awesome gift giving ideas and ways to spice up otherwise mundane wedding gifts, like sheets!Anne recently hosted two speed networking events, as the Vice-President of an industry group.When team members have understood and accepted the power of disclosure I do a number of team building activities that helps them get everything together. Example of some of these questions are: The answers to these questions are often fun and more importantly very revealing what the person is about and provides a great 2.Hard Talk One of my favorite and often the most impactful team building activities is HARDtalk in which the leader of the team is exposed to hard hitting questions.We used to think that people just came to conferences to listen and learn, not network, and so we didn’t give it a lot of thought beyond the usual coffee breaks and receptions.Now we know that this isn’t true, that participants want to network and socialize in order to create business connections with others.If they meet a key contact for future business, it will be by chance, not design.A second problem with this type of networking is that it depends on the personal ability of the individual to reach out and meet new people.
And there’s no way for people to find the right people to talk with.
The key is the first questions, which needs to be the toughest one, the one that everybody wants to know the answer for and the one that people gossip about. As the audience gasps and holds their breath at the audacity of me to ask the question everybody wants asked but nobody dares to.
Then, I keep on digging deeper with follow up questions that doesn’t let the boss off the hook but forces him/her to explain their actions and address the consequences. Personality Tests Personality tests like MBTI or Belbin are great, non intrusive ice breakers, in which team members get an insight in the personality type and preferred styles of their colleagues.
This exercise as well as the next two exercises can’t be done straight of the bat and require some team gestation time. Mask Exercise This exercise asks participants to draw one of the mask they wear.
It’s used to help people go deeper into themselves or to break open a “stuck” group.
The appointments give businesses that sell everything from janitorial services to computer parts an opportunity to connect with other businesses and governments interested in their goods or services.