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Newport Dunes – Glamping, Camping, and Corporate Retreats

newportDunes LogoGrowing up in Southern California I spent many summer nights camping at the beach side resort of Newport Dunes. What was once a quiet staycation spot for local families, has become a popular event destination. The amenities offered has extended from the cold showers and bicycle rentals of my youth to decadent catering, business support and a full water park. Kids of today don’t know how good they have it! But we don’t need to be jealous. Today I indulge my nostalgia and explore how we can have more fun than the kids with team building events or incentive trips at Newport Dunes.

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How Bowling is Ruining Corporate Team Building

I  work in an industry that focuses on growth and being positive. But sometimes you need to practice tough love. People of Corporate America! Bowling is NOT team building. You will not see productivity increase because your company went bowling. You haven’t increased cohesion. You failed to address problem solving, communication or innovation. Worse, you’ve set the bar so low that your company will begin a downward spiral into mediocrity, thinking that for the cost of 2 hours lane time, a bowling shoe rental, and soggy nachos they’re “team building”.

Many social activities like to tack on the buzz phrase “team building” to their marketing schemes without bothering to actually offer anything actually useful to team development beyond a fun time.  Bowling is a common offender and I’m calling them out.  So what exactly should you look for in team building activities that bowling doesn’t have? Read more

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Finding Value at the Beach With Team Building

What can a group take away from an employee outing playing in the surf and sand? When teams are looking for a summer team building activity in Los Angeles or Orange County we LOVE recommending our Beach Olympics. This spirited competition challenges staff to work together in unique ways leading to improved communication and office engagement. So what can you expect from your team during a Beach Olympics?

Creative Problem Solving
Our challenges aren’t just simple lawn games you’ve probably played at a dozen family picnics. Each event will require players to think outside the box in mastering the zany activities we set up. When our facilitators explain the objective of the game we set conditions restricting players from the more obvious, simple solutions. For instance, when we play soccer Our cleats are 3 person wooden skis that teams use to travel down the field. Using our skis, team member must develop a strategy for navigating the field and scoring goals. It’s unconventional and deliciously challenging.

Team Spirit
Don’t worry, nobody is going to start singing “Kumbaya.”  We encourage team bonding through friendly competition. By randomly placing participants in teams we circumvent cliques and forge new connections. Even those who don’t think they’re the “hoo rah!” type get caught up in the cheering. Each round of the Beach Olympics gets teams closer to the final Gauntlet, a fast paced relay style race for victory that has everyone laughing and rooting for the top teams.

Uncovering Hidden Talent
When you remove labels and classifications from your staff, you’ll find them performing in interesting ways. Employees who are normally quiet and reserved might step forward and lead the group during challenges. An event like this allows people to demonstrate aptitude in a areas like leadership, creative thinking, management, and connection. Watch your team closely and you may find your next product manager or thought leader.

At the end of the event our event lead will review the action with your group. What were the higlights? What did your team excel at? How does this apply to what you do in the office? What can we use to be successfull moving forward? We’ll help your team recognize the value and discuss how to apply it to the office.

A day at the beach is always fun, but your can supersize your return on investment by partnering with us.  Get your game face on with a Beach Olympics team building in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.  To engage your staff in a fun, active summer outing contact us james@fireflyteamevents.com

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Corporate Event Planning Tips for Santa Monica

We love Santa Monica corporate team building events because they offer the laid back California experience, without the hassles that plague the rest of Los Angeles. Santa Monica feels like a small town beach village, but it has all the luxuries of a major city. Pedestrian shopping districts, upscale resorts and event venues, and the world famous pier make Santa Monica a great spot for your next sales meeting or excursion. Read more

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Team Building with Creativity, Color, and Graffiti

Put a spray paint can in your team members hands for an unforgettable graffiti team building outing!

Amazon.com’s App Store team asked us for a unique team outing in Dana Point. They’re a new team that works well together but their manager is working to elevate them to amazing. He wanted to dig a little deeper using creativity as a vehicle for interaction. Our Team Graffiti paired them up with a facilitator and a world class graffiti artist, ManOne Graffiti Artist. The team explored the concept of individual identity through graffiti “tags’ in Lantern Bay Park by the Laguna Cliffs Marriott. Each member created their own graffiti name, called a “tag” in the graffiti world. A tag is more than just a name it’s an identity much like a corporate brand. Colors, letter style, and writing style are important to establishing identity. As they shared their new tags with each other ManOne offered tips and technique mixed with colorful graffiti history. Markers in hand they turned our graffiti walls into a colorful feast for the eyes.

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Corporate Teams in the Graffiti World

The graffiti equivalent of a team is known as a crew. Every artist has a one or more crews that they identify with. Crews provide safety, inspiration, help on large pieces, and family. The correlation with a project team resonated strongly with Amazon. The Amazon.com group was now a graffiti crew and ManOne graduated them to spray paint. After an interactive graffiti lesson, together they chose a word that has meaning and relevance to the team and their goals at work. Using the word “craft” the crew chose their colors for their final masterpiece on canvas. ManOne sketched it out in paint on a primed cotton canvas and the crew took over. They filled in the piece taking turns using the colors they’d chosen. ManOne took over after all the color was filled in and showed us why he’s a master of his craft. Hey added outlines and depth that made the canvas come to life.

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Building engagement amongst team members is more than theme days in the office. It takes effort and additional investment by management. Finding unique ways like our Team Building Graffiti event is a great direction to go. Ready to plan your next meeting? Call us and let us help you get the most out of your team – Firefly Team Events – 877.267.1939

 

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3 Hilarious Las Vegas Scavenger Hunts

So your team has made it to Las Vegas for your sales meeting or conference, you want to engage with them in a team building event, but you’ll need something as flashy and exciting as Sin City to keep everyone actively involved. Our Las Vegas scavenger hunts are so wild you won’t have to worry about staff “checking out” to hit the slots. Las Vegas team building activities don’t have to be limited to the card tables. Below we’ve compiled our three favorite hunts to celebrate the spirit of the Strip.

Crazy Eighties
Break out your leg warmers and neon spandex to jazzercise your way through the casinos. We take it back to the super rad ’80s with hip trivia, wacky props and funky challenges. Creative costumes abound, we’ve seen everything from Exercise Barbies to Top Gun. This scavenger hunt is always the most talked about time on the agenda at conferences, a great time to let your hair down (before styling it way way up) and let your competitive spirit out.

Hangover
If your convention goers want to experience Las Vegas we’ve got the hook ups with photo challenges that will take teams to all the best iconic locations in the city. We know team building is best when you focus on the fun so we’ll unleash your team on the Strip to get up to hijinks worthy of the Hangover films. All you have to do is snap photographic evidence of your team completing the zany challenges. The more you can make us laugh the more points your team will win. After the event you’ll have great pictures, better memories, and an intimate knowledge of Las Vegas.

Techno Rally
Our original scavenger hunt, the Techno Rally, focuses on the team building. We’ll set up checkpoint challenges where your team will need to work together to complete the objective in addition to location trivia and photo quests. Arm wrestle a child, pose with a statue, dance by a fountain and more to win your team the most points. You can add your own theme to the event, or skip the costumes if that’s your jam. You bring the people, we’ll bring the fun.

To get your team out on the town contact us at james@fireflyteamevents.com.  We’ll help you choose the scavenger hunt or team building event that’s right for your group.

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Spotlight – Escape Room Team Building

Neogov stepped up to the challenge in our newest Los Angeles team building event – Team Escape. Based on the concept of an escape room it features elements from escape rooms, scavenger hunts, and amazing race style challenges. In our version your team is racing to disarm our countdown clock with the correct code. They’ll have to divide and conquer if they want to win. Communication, cooperation, and ingenuity are key components of this adventure. Any team competing in today’s agile marketplace is familiar with all three. If you’d like to challenge your team with a unique team building adventure in Orange County, Los Angeles, or San Diego give us a call. This experience is mobile and can currently accommodate up to 6 teams.  http://www.fireflyteamevents.com

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Team Training – Bayfront Youth and Family Services

When Bayfront  in Long Beach contacted us about refreshing their bag of tricks we JUMPED at the chance. We love working with non-profit groups in a team building setting! Their support staff wanted some new games and processing activities for the kids they help. Stephie and I showed up ready to share with hula hoops, golf balls, throwables, and a mountain of other game paraphernalia. The team at Bayfront is passionate about what they do and we had a GREAT time with them!

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