Find the best trainer for team-building activities
Follow these guidelines for choosing the right team trainer ...
Many work groups could benefit from team-building
exercises, but if you can’t lead them yourself, you’ll have to
find someone to conduct them for you. Follow these guidelines
for choosing the right team trainer:
• Know what’s right for your group. Get a good sense of
what would be appropriate and popular with your people.
For example: Should the session be physically strenuous?
Not everyone likes sweating and straining. Should the
exercise include competition? Some employees don’t
respond well to contests.
• Listen for honesty and flexibility. Good trainers ask lots
of questions and carefully assess your needs before they try
to sell you a program. One size usually doesn’t fit all, and
an honest trainer won’t promise that canned programs will
do everything for every team. Ask whether he or she will
customize programs for your specific needs.
• Ask about lasting benefits. An effective program should
build morale, but it should also have a long-term impact.
Does the trainer provide worksheets, checklists, or exercises
you can use to extend what you learn in the sessions?
• Check credentials. Unfortunately, some consulting firms
parade their star performers up front but then staff their
sessions with less experienced—and sometimes less
skilled—trainers. Ask who will be doing your session and
what their qualifications are.
• Expect service. Team building may be a human-centered
or “soft” area, but the organization should be as businesslike
as any other. Do trainers return your calls promptly?
Do they supply the information you want? Are they
sensitive to your needs? If not, look elsewhere.
—Adapted from the Dr. Clue Treasure Hunts website
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