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THINK OUTSIDE THE MEETING ROOM:
By Sarah Murray, CMP
onferences are more than just attending a general session; they are an assembly of people sharing similarities, whether
it is related to their work industry or personal interests. Post-conference survey results are increasingly proving that
many attendees claim their greatest conference experiences happened outside the meeting room. This is where
attendees are given the opportunity to relax, and it is an important time to strengthen partnerships and network
with colleagues. Meeting planners are challenged to creatively think outside the box as it relates to team-building and hosted
activities. The following are examples of successful "outside the meeting room" activities.
10 FARM-TO-TABLE CULINARY EXCURSION
Visit a local food market with a local chef. The group will
purchase locally grown produce and meat, and return to a
cooking facility where you participate in a cooking class and
prepare unique dishes to savour as a team!
CUSTOM 30-MINUTE WORKOUT ROUTINE
As a group, you will have the opportunity to meet with a
qualified personal trainer and create your own 30-minute
workout routine to do at home and while on the road for
CAR RALLY THROUGH THE CITY!
A great way to take in the sights of the city your group is
visiting! Guests will be given a unique vehicle (convertible
or perhaps an old antique car) and will have the opportunity
to navigate through the city using a live GPS system that
highlights unique sights of the city.
"PAY IT FORWARD"
Participants are split into teams of four and given $100 cash.
They are then given instruction to "go out and do good" or
"pay it forward" within the community. After approximately
two hours, the team will report back with how they spent their
money. They are judged on creativity, originality and impact on
If the program is being held in a city, obtain a "Top 10" list of
popular local restaurants from the CVB or hotel concierge.
Arrange for an afternoon of "tastings" where participants
can go to the restaurants and savour a small plate of the most
popular dishes on the menu.
BEACH OLYMPICS WITH DJ AND MC
A classic team-building activity with a spin! If the program
is being held at a resort or sun and sand destination, take
advantage of the beach and host a beach Olympics for the
afternoon. A high energy DJ and local sports enthusiast will
create the setting for an exhilarating activity!
BUILD A BIKE FOR CHARITY
A popular activity - fun and philanthropy combined into one!
Teams of four are given a bike in a box and tools to assemble
as they compete to construct a children's bike! Partnering with
a local charity, the bikes are then distributed, in person by the
attendees to children in the city!
RELAX AND NETWORK!
Decompress in a tranquil environment created especially for the
group - an ergonomically designed lounge, a perfect area for
resting feet and releasing any tension ... while connecting with
colleagues. Tablets and cell phones must be left at a charging
station at the entrance - they need to be recharged, too!
MINIATURE GOLF COURSE BUILD
This fun, socially responsible team builder requires the
group to design and create a one-of-a-kind mini golf course
using canned food. The group will be given a box of nonperishable food, green carpeting and building materials.
Once the competition is complete, the canned food will be
boxed and loaded onto trucks by participants, then donated
to a local food bank.
Learn how to create exceptional cocktails to participating in a
cocktail-making race! A sommelier and mixologist create an
activity where participants are put into groups and given the
opportunity unleash their inner bartender, creating their own
signature cocktail! They are judged on taste, and the winning
signature drink will be served at the closing reception!
Sarah Murray, CMP, is an Account Executive of Dragonfly Meeting Solutions Inc. and can be reached at email@example.com.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2014
The Evolution of Meetings: Top 10 Changes in the Past Decade
Load ‘Em Up: Top 10 Considerations For Offsite Events
Crossing Borders: Top 10 Things to Consider When Planning an International Event
Location, Location, Location: Top 10 Reasons Why Venue Selection is Key
Student Spotlight: Top 10 Ways to Elevate the Overall Event Experience
Create a Buzz: Top 10 Event Marketing Tips
Think Outside the Meeting Room: Top 10 Ways to Create Experiential Learning
The Generational Divide: Top 10 Differences You Need to Know as a Team Leader
Welcome, New Members!
Blast from the Past: 35 Years of MPI Toronto
Advertisers’ Index & Advertiser.com
The Last Word
Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2014