At Travel Out There, we believe that potentially any group activity can become a team building experience with the added fundamental element of a post event debrief.
Different activities can focus on developing varying levels of Key Out Comes. Some examples of team building outcomes:
• embrace creativity
• support managing change
• improve communication
• raise moral by having some fun
By identifying the desired key outcomes, the facilitator can tailor the Team Building experience accordingly. The strength or level of team building is also then established and this is reflected by hardness or softness of the experience.
Hard Team Building experiences, one could say become ‘corporate training’, have very extensive and detailed debriefs to evaluate performance and areas for development. The debriefs can be in the form of 1-2-1 assessments and written reports based on findings. Where as softer experiences tend to work on less formal approaches where group team discussions and simulated networking opportunities naturally leads to improved communication and increased morale.
When does an activity become a team build and then a training
The key role of the facilitator is to ensure that the activity has been tailored to the clients needs and that they are equipped with the right tools to monitor the team’s performance in accordance with the desired outcomes. Great Team Building Facilitators simply know what the right questions to ask, whether in printed or verbal format. Encouraging participants to share the challenges they faced, both as a team and as individuals and explain how they overcame them. They can incorporate some form of award ceremonies where teams can be rewarded for excellence.
We have created a Team Building Barometer that you can view by clicking here. This helps you decide on what team building activity is most suitable for your team!
2014 is the year of the 126th Estonian Song and Dance Celebration (4-6 of July) and the 90th World Lithuanian Song Festival (2-6 July).
These are two truly spectacular and unique events, where you can witness 18.000 singers on stage at the same time. The festival has a total of around 30.000 participants and up to 100.000 people in the audience. The Estonian, just like the Latvian, celebration takes place every fifth year, and the Lithuanian every fourth.
The Estonian Song celebration is the oldest one of the Baltic countries’. It first took place in Tartu in 1869 and featured 51 male choirs, with 845 singers and musicians performing in total. This was at the height of the Estonian National Movement (also known as the Estonian National Awakening), when Estonia, occupied by the Russian Empire, started acknowledging themselves as their own nation.
The same movement was taking place in the neighboring Latvian and Lithuania and the reoccurring song celebrations played a big part in the shaping of their own national identity and the demand to become independent nations. It is even said that the baltic people sang themselves free from the soviet occupation during the Singing revolution.
The singing revolution started in 1988 at the Estonian Song Festival, when over 300.000 people gathered to sing patriotic songs and make political demands. In 1991 the countries broke free and restored their independence.
Today the number of participants at the festivals can reach up to 30.000, with up to 100.000 spectators. This years Celebration in Tallinn will be record high, with 1046 choirs and a total of 32000 singers.
With that many choirs participating it is easy to think that any of the country’s choirs can sign up to participate in the celebration, but that is certainly not the case. In fact, only the country’s best choirs gets to perform during the festival. The competition is tough and the choirs usually rehearse their repertoire years ahead.
To find out more about the festivals and how to but tickets click below links:
Estonian Song and Dance Celebration
Lithuanian Song Celebration