Everyone goes to the office party where Sally has little to drink and ends up on the boss’s lap while his wife watches in horror. And no one wants to repeat that incident. In fact, many professionals will avoid attending office parties because of the chance of such embarrassing incidents happening.
But the office party doesn’t have to be a frightening and embarrassing experience for anyone. Here are some fun options that don’t involve over-indulging in the spirit of the season:
1 – Present a dance and cover band challenge
Hire two bands, schedule them to play two sets, and ask attendees to decide which band is the best. You’ll want to do this event early in the season with plenty of dance time, food, and tables for conversational discussion between the different teams. And selected teams are designed to provide dance bands to determine who is the best band. By encouraging your teams to work together on their selection based on a number of factors, you will be increasing team efforts, and building relationships, while focusing on a specific project.
At the end of the night, the best band gets a repeat performance at another party later in the season. Like the winter formal and prom, the first is a practice run for the grand event.
2 – Motivational speaker or comedian
Stand up comedy can bring an entirely different spectrum to holiday events, if your crowd is looking to entertain rather than participate in the entertainment. To take your team off center, to develop some team-building spirit, to explode with energy and willingness to move through the season while striving more to achieve more goals. There’s nothing better than a Tony Robinson incident to walk away from a funny incident that happened. And even the most laid-back motivational speaker can deliver solid humorous hilarity to an evening.
3 – impersonators roaming the room
Have you never wanted to dine with Elvis Presley? What about Dancing With Taylor Swift? Can you imagine sitting at the same table as Marilyn Monroe? Or what about conversations with Abraham Lincoln on current political challenges? Sometimes the most lucrative forms of entertainment can be the least staged, and yet the most planned.
And no one expresses gratitude better than Elvis, “Thank you, thank you. Thank you very much.”
Building your team through events where a mix of entertainment, connections and relationships can be fun, successful and well structured. Don’t look right now, but Elvis is in the room!