Ever considered doing your corporate team-building exercises on a floating venue? Probably not, but there are a few solid reasons you should.
The environment you choose to bring together your team is just as important as the day’s activities themselves, and can have a huge impact on the outcome of the day. Trying to drum up enthusiasm in a dingy conference room is like drawing blood from a stone, as anyone made to tell a fun fact about themselves under fluorescent lighting can attest to. Ugh.
But under the influence of vitamin D, with sunny weather and crystal-clear waters as a backdrop, an invigorating environment will bring enough energy to hype up your team before you’ve even made it through the first ice breaker. As a bonus, taking your team on a luxurious boat venue will make them feel appreciated and valued.
The only question is how do you best utilize this environment to get the most out of your event?
There are so many energizers and challenges that require few materials and little space, leaving you free to enjoy the day. Here are some of our favorite types:
Split into two teams, and each must safely transport a balloon from one end of the boat to the other. Easy, right? Wait, there’s one small caveat. No arms or legs (including hands and feet) can be used. Oh, and the balloon must be carried by every single team member at least once. Time to put that co-operation to the test.
Pro tip: As entertaining as it would be to watch people struggle in the wind, please perform this game inside to avoid any balloons littering the ocean.
The Re-creation Challenge
It’s simple. On the top deck of the boat, a structure is made from lego, clay, wooden blocks, or any other material. One member from each team is permitted upstairs to study it for one minute, before they must return to the lower deck and direct the other team members in reconstructing a copy of the structure. Whichever team creates the most accurate copy is the winner, and you can make it as easy or as difficult as you want depending on how badly you want to see Steve from accounting struggle.
The Sales Pitch
Encourage creativity and thinking on the spot by giving each participant a random object (the more obscure or boring, the better), and two minutes to come up with a compelling sales pitch – brand
name, catchphrase, and all. See if they can successfully drum up excitement and convince the rest of the boat they’d want to fork out their hard-earned cash for an empty pill bottle, a plain white picture frame, or one shoe.
Resourcefulness Challenges – Space is limited on a boat venue, but this can be part of the fun. The idea can be interpreted many ways, but it’s very simple: participants are given a very limited set of materials such as a few office supplies, and must complete a challenge using only those materials. A great example is giving each member of the team a piece of A4 paper, and whichever team can build the tallest freestanding structure with their papers (and maybe some staples, if you’re feeling nice) is declared the winner.
Pictionary, Charades, or Taboo are perfect for this – basically, any game that builds on communication, cooperation, and mental agility by trying to communicate an idea in inconvenient ways. This can be done anywhere, and you’ll only need yourselves and either a ready-made game or an easel/cards and markers!
Two Truths and a Lie
New team? You may elicit a groan by asking people to share a fun fact about themselves, but you can spice things up with ‘two truths and a lie’. Many will already be familiar with the game, and as the name suggests, each player must share two lies and one true fact about themselves. It’s up to everyone else to guess which one is a fact.