Team Building and Ice Breaking Games and Activities for Corporate Events

Corporate Event Games & Activities

The activities and games that are made a part of corporate events are those that are both enjoyable and add value to the events. While there are different games and activities you can incorporate depending on what the event is about, it is generally ice breaking and team building activities that work best for such events.

These corporate event games and activities don’t only add life to the events but also allow people to know each other, relax, enjoy, and participate at the same time.

If you too are looking for ideas to make corporate events fun and interactive, here are a few games and activities that you can incorporate.

1.     The Game of Possibilities

This game is less time-consuming and is an amazing one for team building. All that you need to do is divide the participants into several small groups and distribute random objects in each group. The object you distribute should be given to a random person in each group and those who get it will have to stand up and showcase a unique use of the object in front of everyone, one after the other.

Another way you can play this game is by having the person with the object give clues to their team in order to guess the object. In this scenario, the demonstrator will not be allowed to speak.

The objective of this game is to allow the participants to be creative and interact with each other while having fun. It inspires creativity and team building.

2.     Turning the Negatives into Positives

The objective behind this activity is to enable the participants to engage better and cheer each other up. It helps them discover ways to gain a positive outlook even in the most trying times and teaches them not to judge others.

You can either divide the participants into pairs or trios or more. What happens during the activity is that a person will share his/her real-life negative experience from the past with the other member(s). After this, the other participant(s) will look at the scenario and discuss the positive aspect of the same experience. The partners will keep on switching roles until everyone is done.

Outdoor Team Building Games

3.     The Perfect Square

You will need long pieces of rope and a blindfold for every participant. All that you have to do is make the coworkers form a circle while grabbing a piece of rope. Each of the members will then be asked to put their blindfolds on and set the rope on the floor. Next, have the participants must move away from where the ropes were placed and then come back and arrange all the ropes together to form a large square with each other’s help while still being blindfolded.

This game will encourage communication as each participant will be dependent on another and allow them to demonstrate their leadership skills. This will also develop a sense of trust among the participants and add to their team building skills.

If there is a corporate event coming up and you have been stressing over making it engaging and fun without sidelining the actual purpose/goal, Scottsdale Corporate Events has got you covered. Connect today to discuss your options!

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Get Out of Your Own Way to Get More Creative

Get Out of Your Own Way to Get More Creative. Who would have thought that knowledge could be a curse? But when it comes to creativity, what we’ve learned along the way can subconsciously limit our way of thinking up new ways to tackle some of our tough challenges. That’s one of the many things I learned from innovation consultant and keynote speaker Susan Robertson of Sharpen Innovation in just one half-hour campfire session at IMEX America this year.

“We all have cognitive biases we use to make assumptions based on our experience and knowledge. Step one toward being more creative is to get around those biases,” she told us, turning to the flipchart.

So how exactly are we supposed to do that? Smash your assumptions, she said. “Ask, ‘What if that doesn’t have to be true?’”

Start by listing everything you think you know about the topic at hand. She told us to list all the facts, givens, and obvious things, no matter how trivial they might seem. Some prompts she gave us include filling in the blanks on the following:

It must…

You can’t…

Clients always…

Everyone knows…

Well of course we have to…

The first topic she gave us to get creative about? Salad dressing. OK, so it comes in a bottle, is liquid, is something you put on salad to make it taste better, etc. Then she had us pick just one of the many assumptions we listed to smash.

One of the groups in our campfire picked the “has to be in a bottle” assumption. So if it didn’t have to be in a bottle, how would you deliver it? Their ingenious solution was to have it in the form of a pellet that you put in your mouth along with a forkful of greens. It would dissolve and mix with the greens right in your mouth—no fuss, no muss, and, of course, no bottle!

Salad dressing is pretty straightforward, but what if what you were trying to get creative about was how to make meetings more efficient? As with salad dressing, we first listed all the assumptions we held around meetings (have to bring a group together, have an agenda and a presenter, have start and end points, etc.) and efficiency (no tangents, timekeeper, get the most done in the least amount of time, etc.).

Then each small group at the campfire picked just one of our assumptions to smash—my group did away with the agenda and came up with a solution that looked a lot like Open Space.

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While that can be a good solution for some types of meetings.  Say where the goal is to build relationships, share expertise, and brainstorm solutions, you also have to keep in mind that some assumptions can’t be smashed, she said. For example, if the goal of the meeting was to communicate the new corporate mandate. Open Space type of scenario probably wouldn’t be an effective choice. And some industries, such as the pharmaceutical business, have hard-and-fast regulations that must be adhered to. And yet there’s still room for creativity if you can choose a more smashable assumption—and there’s always a few you can do away with.

I love this tool, and have already used it a bunch of times to come up with solutions to some things that I have known for a long time aren’t working optimally. Ergo couldn’t quite get a handle on how to think differently about them.

Thanks to Susan. In one half hour, giving me something that I can and do use that’s easy to implement. But, most of all, really works! Long live neuroscience! Those who parse it for us laypeople to come up with strategies for making our brains work for us.

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5 Ways to Inspire, Motivate, and Activate Attendees

5 Ways to Inspire, Motivate, and Activate Attendees

Are you using your corporate events to lay out the company’s plans for the year ahead? While broadcasting information to customers and teams was once a prime objective for in-person meetings, it now makes no sense to waste your meeting doing something that is more quickly, easily, and effectively done using today’s readily available—and affordable—communication technologies.

Instead, use your corporate events to motivate employees, reach customers, and brand your organization. Here are five ways to help you get the results you really want from your events.

1. Tell a story

Whether the goals of your event are networking, building support for upcoming initiatives, or developing brand loyalty, these outcomes  are far more likely if the event tells a larger, compelling story in which attendees play a key role.

What’s your event’s story? Once you pin it down, weave it into every aspect of the event by encouraging presenters to approach their speeches as narratives. To create more genuine connections with the audience, have your speakers incorporate a personal element into their presentations by sharing a funny, happy, or reflective anecdote that adds to your event’s narrative.

2. Set the tone

The tone of your event will greatly influence the way attendees experience it. If you want attendees to relax and let their guard down during networking sessions, you need to set the stage to help make that happen. Consider substituting traditional round table seating with living room-style chairs, loveseats, and coffee tables. To create excitement about a brand, incorporate that brand into everything attendees experience from the minute they walk in until the end.

Small changes in the event program can send a big message. For example, if you want to indicate that company leaders are accessible, have them enter the stage from the audience rather than from backstage. You may also consider having attendees’ peers present along with the company’s leaders. It’s one thing to tell attendees, “We’re all in this together,” but those words will have more weight if they are backed up by how that content is presented and otherwise integrated into every aspect of the event.

3. Spark friendships  

 To get attendees engaged and talking, involve them in the event’s content at every possible opportunity, especially if your goal is for employees who work from different locations to build relationships.

You can foster interaction by asking attendees to break into groups to discuss an issue or solve a problem. For a more memorable experience, ask attendees to collaborate on an unconventional project, such as creating a piece of art that speaks to your company’s attitude toward teamwork. Constructing trade show–style stations around the perimeter of the room is another way to spark conversations, allowing people to walk around, converse, and learn something.

Exhibits and breakout sessions also help keep attendees alert by allowing them to move around and experience a change of scenery. If you are serious about collaboration, these types of sessions should be a key part of the agenda—not just a way to fill time between presentations by management.

4. Build a fake elevator

Part of making an event memorable is creating fun and memorable experiences that attendees will talk about. For example, a client of Cramer’s constructed a fake elevator in which attendees could practice the “elevator pitches” being discussed at the forum. Organizers hired professional comedic actors to play the person in the elevator, and created humorous videos for employees to take home with them.

Fake elevators may not be the solution for your event. But consider how you can find unusual ways to surprise your audience and make a lasting impression.

5. Think of the whole person

If you want attendees to be engaged, then your event should support the healthy living habits that keep people alert. For multiday events especially, attendees should have opportunities to eat healthy foods, exercise, and relax. Consider offering yoga or other exercise classes. Steering clear of high-sugar foods, or at least providing healthier options for attendees.

You can also gain fuller attendee engagement by piquing their curiosity about the event’s location. Not the interior of a ballroom, but the host city or town. Bring in local foods, musicians, artists, and more to create a sense of place. Remember: The location and tone should be tied back to the story you want your event to tell. You may even consider scrapping the ballroom altogether.  Try a venue that reinforces your theme, perhaps a university, a football field, or a museum.

Don’t Stop Now!

While these are important starting points. There is also a whole world of social media and technology platforms that you can use to analyze attendee behavior. That spark lasting conversations. A big part of thinking outside of the ballroom is thinking ahead about how each new innovation can revolutionize events. For example, Cramer has recently experimented with the Microsoft HoloLens. A newly released mixed-reality platform that could serve as yet another way to push the boundaries. Also inspiring, entertaining, and informing event-goers.

Nothing can replace the power of bringing people together to create meaningful connections. But there is a lot that can be done to enhance it. Event location, setup, content, and the use of quickly evolving technologies can ensure that the potential of these live moments.

Julie Walker is a partner leading the healthcare practice at Cramer, a brand experience agency. Learn more at


How to Entertain the Millennials

How to Entertain the Millennials

No other generation has had a bigger impact on our culture since the Baby Boomers than the technology savvy Millennials. So, for the group of consumers who tweet, like, and post their way through a digital world, what truly captivates them? Well, fear not. In the world of entertainment there is much that can energize and invigorate their imaginations. Here are just a few solutions in the quest to entertain the millennials.

No other generation has had a bigger impact on our culture since the Baby Boomers than the technology savvy Millennials.
How to Entertain the Millennials

Competition:  This is a generation that perfected the idea of collaboration, in an effort to win that is. So, why not include a competitive aspect to the live entertainment at your next event. One of the best ways to do this is with a Game Show hosted by an enthusiastic MC who involves your attendees. By creating teams and the drive to win, your millennial audience will be thoroughly engaged and entertained.

Niche Entertainment: Highlight those pieces of entertainment that speak specifically to this generation. They like taking a break…especially when it includes exciting entertainment designed to let them relax and enjoy before having to focus on the work at hand. How about including a 3-minute flash mob that gives them a chance to stand up, stretch, and simply enjoy.

Live Streaming: No other generation lives on-line more than the Millennials, so why don’t you make it even easier to share their experiences? Facilitate this by designating an event planner or member of the team to live stream parts of the event. This is an exciting way for your attendees to let the world know how much fun they’re having. You gain the added side benefit of the positive publicity and excitement generated with sharing.

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7 Thrilling Team-Building Adventures

7 Thrilling Team-Building Adventures. Clutching a rockface while navigating a 300-foot walkway, leaning over the ledge of a tall building, and bungee jumping from a bridge 708 feet above the ground.  These are among the pulse-pounding adventures available to visitors in locations around the world.

Such exciting activities aren’t for everyone. But they can certainly provide a jolt for meeting groups, and offer great team-building takeaways. Here’s a rundown of some of the most thrilling attractions.

Coiling Dragon Cliff Skywalk, Zhangjiajie, China:

Situated in China’s Hunan Province, this glass-bottomed walkway attached to Tianmen Mountain offers stunning views. It’s also 4,700 feet above the ground and only about 5 feet wide, so visitors steady themselves by clinging to the rock face.

Mount Huashan, Shaanxi Province, China:

Not to be outdone, this mountain in Huayin City offers visitors the opportunity to hike on wooden planks. They are along the side of the mountain until they reach a teahouse 7,000 feet above the ground. Visitors complete the journey wearing harnesses that are attached to a chain strung along the path.

Grand Canyon

Skywalk, Arizona:

Walking to the edge of a cliff isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but those who do so at this location, protected by a railing, are able to snap amazing shots of one of the world’s most magnificent natural attractions.

Trolltunga Cliff, Hordaland County, Norway:

Those who want to take the Grand Canyon experience a step further can head to this location. It features stunning views of nearby cliffs and a lake that are most dramatically viewed from the ledge of a cliff. But there are no railings to steady and protect you!

CN Tower Edgewalk, Toronto:

Leaning over the edge of this building, 1,200 feet above the ground, sounds like a terrifying experience.

Bloukrans Bridge bungee jumping, South Africa:

Even the most experienced bungee jumpers’ hearts skip a beat at this location, near Nature’s Valley, Western Cape. It’s the tallest commercial bungee jumping attraction in the world, 708 feet above the Bloukrans River.

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower, Las Vegas: Thrill-seekers love the eccentric rides on the roof of this hotel building. X-Scream passenger cars dangle perilously over the edge as they tilt over the city. Those who dare to ride Insanity, a huge claw-like ride, spin in the air while extended 64 feet over the edge of a 900-foot tower.

21 Dining Etiquette Tips for Event Professionals

Business is not just conducted in the office…quite often it takes place over a dinner table in a restaurant or hotel. Whether dining with clients or co-workers, it behooves event professionals to bone up on their dining etiquette.

Which is the salad fork? Should you order the pasta? What about alcohol? To avoid a faux pas, Lindsay Kolowich has compiled a comprehensive list of dining etiquette tips that will help you make a positive impression at your next business function. Here are some of the highlights:

Prior to Meeting

Have a snack. You don’t want to be so ravenous that you can’t concentrate on the conversation.

Disable your phone’s ringer and vibrator, and do not take it out during the meal.

Arrive promptly. It is better to be early than late. If your host is late, wait at least 15 minutes before calling them.

The Meet Up

Greet everyone professionally. Say hello to those you know, shaking hands and maintaining eye contact. Introduce yourself to those you don’t know, and try to remember their names.

Stash your gear. Don’t put your purse, sunglasses or cell phone on the table; discreetly store all belongings on the floor or behind your back on the chair. If you have a coat, hang it up or neatly drape it over the back of your chair.

Remain standing until the host takes a seat. If there is no host, wait until the oldest person sits down.

Lay your napkin in your lap. Do not tuck it in your shirt. If you leave the table to visit the restroom, place the napkin on your chair rather than on the table.

Acknowledge your place settings. Your bread plate is on your left; glassware is on your right. Utensils are set in their order of use; start from the outside and work inwards. The salad fork is smaller than the meal fork.


Limit alcohol consumption. If the host suggests a drink, it is appropriate to imbibe; however drink it slowly and have just one.  Good non-alcoholic alternatives include club soda and iced tea.

When ordering, follow the lead of the host. If he or she does not choose an appetizer, don’t order one. Avoid complicating your order by requesting substitutions, and don’t select the most expensive item on the menu.

Stay away from sloppy foods such as spaghetti or lobster, as well as items that can get stuck in your teeth (such as things with seeds.) Better choices include chicken, fish or salad.

Dining Tips

When pouring water from a pitcher, fill the glasses of your neighbors first.

Bread and butter. If there is a bread basket, help yourself and then pass it to the right. If it comes in a loaf, tear off a piece by hand rather than using a knife. When eating, separate it into bite-sized chunks. Use your butter knife to select some butter from the communal dish, and smear it on the side of your bread plate.

Wait before digging in. Make sure all guests have been served and your host starts eating before you begin.

Correctly hold utensils. Cultures vary with this. European/Continental style dictates that you hold the food down with your fork in your left hand and cut it with the knife in your right hand. Keeping the fork in your left hand, bring the food to your mouth so the back of the fork faces upward. American style has you cutting the food the same way, but placing the knife down on the edge of the plate, and transferring the fork to your right and turning it so the tines face upwards before taking a mouthful. With either style, never lean the handles of the utensils on the table. Make sure they fully rest on your plate. When eating with chopsticks, avoid spearing the food or using the chopsticks as pointers.

More on utensils. If you leave the table but are not yet finished eating, indicate this to the server by correctly resting your utensils. European/Continental style has you placing the knife turned inward and fork with tines down, crossing the knife in an “x” position.  In the American style, place the knife on the right hand edge of the plate with the blade turned inward and the fork tines up. Rest chopsticks in a chopstick holder or side-by-side on top of your bowl instead of sticking them into the food.

Eating etiquette. Don’t cool down hot food by blowing on it. Spoon shared sauces on your plate. Don’t salt your food before tasting it. Cut the food one piece at a time, instead of all at once. Consume soup from the edge of the spoon instead of putting the whole spoon in your mouth. Although slurping is considered rude in America, it is an acceptable practice in Japan*, where you can also tilt the soup bowl and drink from it.

Quantity. Don’t overeat or volunteer to finish someone else’s food. Also, don’t leave your food untouched; that may communicate that you disliked your meal. Eat at the same pace of the other diners.


Finishing up. Indicate you are done by properly retiring your utensils. In the European/Continental style, place the fork (tines down) and knife side-by-side on your plate. In the American style, place the fork tines up.

Offer to pay, even if you know the host will take care of it. Do not argue or request to cover the tip.

Thank the host, and follow up with an email or handwritten note.

* In some regions of the world, etiquette differs. When dining in a foreign country or with guests from another nation, investigate the particular etiquette traditions in advance.

The 2016 CMI 25 meeting and incentive companies

The 2016 CMI 25 meeting and incentive companies

Happy Birthday CMI 25!
Our listing of the top independent meeting planning companies started in 2007 with a focus on the corporate market and we’ve remained true to that original concept: First of all what follows is a select directory of the biggest independents that understand corporate priorities like strategic meetings management, creative incentive design, and great service. To be relevant to our U.S. readership, we’ve also remained focused on third parties with business operations in the U.S. (When we include companies headquartered outside the U.S., we allow them to list only the meetings planned and executed out of their U.S. offices.)

A few things have changed, of course. More than one-third of the companies on that original list have been replaced over the years, and we now offer companies the option in the digital edition and in the tablet magazine to add a gallery of event photos and additional executive photos in their listings to give you a view of its creative capabilities and leadership team. After a decade, the CMI 25 remains a unique resource in our industry. If you’re looking for an experienced partner for your corporate meetings and incentives, dive in.

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The 2016 CMI 25 companies:

Aimia Proprietary Loyalty U.S. Inc., Minneapolis, MN

ALTOUR International Inc., Minneapolis, MN

American Express Meetings & Events, Jersey City, N.J.

Ashfield Meetings & Events, Ivyland, PA

BCD Meetings & Events, Chicago, IL

Bishop-McCann, Kansas City, MO

BI WORLDWIDE, Minneapolis, MN

ConferenceDirect , Los Angeles , CA

Creative Group Inc., Appleton, WI

CWT Meetings & Events, Minnetonka, MN

Enterprise Events Group Inc., San Rafael, CA

Fox World Travel, Oshkosh, WI

ITA Group Inc., West Des Moines, Iowa

Maritz Global Events, Fenton, Mo.

McVeigh Associates, Ltd. , Amityville, N.Y.

Meeting Alliance, Robbinsville, N.J.

Meeting Expectations, Atlanta, GA

Meetings & Incentives Worldwide Inc. , Caledonia, Wis.

Meridian Enterprises Corp., Hazelwood, Mo.

MotivAction, Minneapolis, MN

Omega Meetings & Incentives, Fairfax, Va.


TARGET DEBUTS NEW CLOTHING LINE POP UP PLAYGROUND,  To celebrate the launch of Cat & Jack, its new clothing line for kids and babies. Target from July 23-24 transformed a vacant lot at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park into a family-friendly pop-up playground.

The event kicked off July 21 with an evening fashion show. But instead of a runway, the kid models—some of whom actually helped Target design the clothing line—made their entrance by sliding down the centerpiece of the activation, a giant carnival slide. Celebrities including actresses Blake Lively, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Bilson and lifestyle expert Camila Alves were among VIP guests.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the Pop-up Playground was free and open to the public. Attendees could park their strollers in a designated area. They then grab a pair of Target-branded sunglasses from a brand ambassador. High fives to the staffers who, each time we visited, managed to stay upbeat despite the scorching summer heat.

Once inside, families could play a game of corn hole, use rope Xs and Os to play tic-tac-toe or hop in line at the two-story gumball machine. Inside each ball were prizes including gift cards (we scored one for $5), stickers featuring artwork from the Cat & Jack collection and other giveaways.

Just past a step-and-repeat, attendees could fill out a short waiver, pick up a burlap sack and take their turn on the slide. Based on the expressions we saw on riders’ faces (and personal experience), the slide offered just the right blend of sheer terror and excitement. We also loved the wristband that let you skip the waiver line on return visits.

Cat & Jack

On the other side of the Pop-up Playground, families could grab a prop (moustaches, hearts, Cat & Jack flags, glasses and a crown were among the options), and step into a hot air balloon set for a photo. Engagements included free nail art applications, temporary tattoos and a fresh “do” at the SoCozy Styling Bar. A couple of carts offered ice-cold popsicles, and a water station kept people hydrated throughout the day. Across social media, #CatandJack and #SoCozyKid tracked all the action.

Family-friendly events can be a marketing challenge. They have to appeal equally to the attention spans of kids while conveying their value proposition to parents. This event offered a smart mix of both, intriguing adults with a taste of Target’s signature design sensibility.  As well style while entertaining kids just long enough to make it a worthwhile outing. Or, in our case, entertaining kids so well they beg to go back and hit the slide.

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