ConventionSouth

NOV 2016

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 32 "Team building encourages your group to think creatively, address problems and communicate effectively. Developing these skills together can be a great boost to your group's morale and productivity," said Lisa Jones, director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Sandestin (Fla.) Beach Golf Resort & Spa. "Meeting planners know their attendees have limited time to develop relationships with colleagues face-to- face. With so much work done via email and phone, we must find time for those activities that give our attendees the boost they need – and leave them wanting to come back again and again to create more memories." Eric Wimbush, director of sales and marketing for Sonesta Bee Cave Austin (Texas), agreed: "Personal communication between individual team members has suffered with the advancement of technology. While everyone communicates via email, text and social media, customers claim the sales person is the primary factor when choosing to do business with a company. Bridging communication styles and preferences makes a much stronger team." Experiencing creative activities together helps to develop relationships, even between age groups. "Team building has become a common but integral part of company protocol. We are now finding ourselves working with multi-generational employees who communicate differently. Using the various aspects of a team- building program can significantly contribute to bridging the generational gap," said Shelly Prowell, director of sales and marketing at PINSTACK, an entertainment venue ideal for team building. "Not only will it enable employees to understand the differences in each other but it will teach them to work with those differences in a productive capacity." Gaining a Better Mindset There's no doubt about it: the workplace can be stressful and a great way to simulate the high- pressure environment in which most businesses operate is to offer challenging adventures that mirror the stress of the workplace, leading to better control and mindset in tough situations. "Team building helps groups to challenge ► Camaraderie Through Adventure By Adrianne Bowen Everyone in the meetings sector has heard of it, and, it's being used by all types of businesses to build camaraderie among employees and between employees and employers more than ever before. It's a popular part of meetings and conferences, and a way to bring everyone together, to help employees and employers work with each other to grow businesses. It's team building. TEAM BUILDING: Banning Mills zipline canopy tour

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