Food Truck Challenge

Don’t want to wander around too much? Hungry? How about Teambuilding ROI’s Food Truck Challenge?   

You do the “divide into teams” thing and assigned to a truck, and the number of food trucks depends on the size of your group. When the Giant Clock starts ticking, the teams compete to earn necessary items (like ingredients, décor, chalkboards etc), and then work with their Food Truck chef to prep, cook and serve their creations to the rest of the group and a panel of judges. You get the idea… fun, food, and more fun.

Sailing Lessons and Racing

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SF Sailing Company has multiple yachts (not Americas Cup yachts, but… still really cool yachts) and offers Intro to Sailing lessons - They divide up the groups and practice maneuvers such as tacking and jibbing which both require very clear communication and coordination not only for safety, but also to maximize the speed and efficiency of the boat. They then follow it with a race between multiple boats. 

They have two identical vessels that carry 28 and 36 passengers and with their partners can organize regattas and team building events for many more.  Click here to visit their web site.

Group Racing With America’s Cup Yacht

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Want a little more physical action… try ACSailingSF…The “only” America’s Cup yacht in SF….’USA76’ (84 Ft of “awesomeness”!).

Your group races the yacht against the clock to get ‘USA76’ across the 2013 AC race course, around the Golden Gate Bridge and back to the starting line. Groups up to 20 are divided in two, team captains are educated in a short separate session and those leaders then have to dispense their new knowledge upon their team members to get this big yacht around the race course as quickly as possible. Four professional crew members are there for guidance and to make sure no one is left behind (important in a boat). 

This 3  hour team builder is the standard event, but they also have full day activities built around sailing. Lots of possibilities. Click here to visit their web site.

Laugh Together

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Comedy Sportz: The performers use improvisation skills onstage to get people laughing, but they specialize in teaching people HOW to use improvisation techniques in their work lives. Improvisation is not "winging it". It's a highly refined system of observing, connecting and responding.

  • Listening - with true focus, staying in the moment
  • Accepting - circumstances and what others bring to the table 
  • Supporting - making others look good
  • Taking Competent Risks - trusting and using your intuition
  • Letting Go of Mistakes - learn and move on

One of the most valuable team building skills… laughing together. There’s a lot more to it. Click here to visit their web site

Grape Stomping Competition

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What can I say about these guys? Eric Morrison has been doing team building grape stomps for more than 30 years and I am sure I participated in one of his first stomps… the years run together (all good) but it must have been at least 30 years ago that I got my feet wet. He now partners with his son, introducing a whole new generation to the sport.

Here’s the story… divide your group in teams, every team gets a half barrel filled with grapes, and the object is in a fixed amount of time, stomp more juice than your competitors. There’s a lot more to it, of course (team cheers etc.), but the upshot is an amazing amount of laughter while doing something with your colleagues that you have probably never done with anyone else. If you are going to Wine Country… do this.

Make A Movie Trailer Competition

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Feet First Eventertainment (www.feetfirstevents.com) has produced hundreds of team building movie productions on the back lots of film studios, in parks and in hotel meeting rooms.  Team sizes range from 10 to 25 (so everyone can be involved).

Each team draws the name of a famous movie out of a hat (doesn’t have to be a hat), and they test their cooperative skills by determining how to best use their teammates’ strengths to produce the best Movie Preview possible of that famous movie’s sequel (director, camera person, boom person, costumer, sound person, editor, and of course, the actors). They can tie the sequel to your company theme, or make a commercial about your product… or about… anything really. Sky’s the limit.

Teams receive all the professional equipment necessary to make their movie preview, plus a Producer (a Feet First facilitator) to ensure that they know how to use the equipment properly and stay on track.  After all shooting is completed and edited, the previews are screened to the entire group. Perhaps at an Academy Awards-style theme banquet? (ooh, idea for another blog).