5 Unusual But Effective Team Building Activities
When it comes to team building activities there are many tried and trusted ones that invariably help team leaders achieve the desired results. However, if you are one of those team leaders, managers, or coaches looking for something that differs from the norm, you will be pleased to know that there are numerous unusual team building activities.
One of the reasons that these unusual team building activities are so popular is that, just as with activities that you might undertake with your family or friends, the more remarkable and out of the ordinary they are, the more they are enjoyed. For a team leader looking to provide activities to help build their team, if the members of that team are actually enjoying those activities, the more they will benefit from them.
The question that might be on your mind now might be ‘Exactly what are these unusual team building activities?’. Well, for a start we going to outline 5 of them, but beyond that, a simple search online using the search term ‘team building activities’ preceded with any of ‘unusual’, ‘bizarre’, ‘unique’, ‘extraordinary’, or ‘unconventional’ is bound to provide you with loads of excellent ideas.
One thing that these activities must be to qualify as being unusual is that they must be as far removed from the normal activities that your team would normally participate in. In other words, if they are a sales team, do not use sales-related acuities or if they are a team of dancers, by all means, have physical activity, but not one which requires them to dance. Here are those 5 activities…
The bowling alley is old news so why not go to an axe throwing centre, with lanes where your team can try to hit targets with an axe. It can be made more competitive by splitting the groups into teams, and afterwards, you can all sit and have something to eat or drink whilst discussing hits and near misses.
For those that love sport, especially football, and who have a competitive nature, bubble football is a fantastic activity, and a great day out to help your team bond. Each player wears a huge inflatable bubble suit and then plays football. Maybe not to Messi’s standard, but when played in the mud, it can certainly be messy, and definitely fun.
Blind Folded Food Tasting / Driving / Sport
There is almost no limit to the number of activities that can be done whilst blindfolded albeit many of them, such as driving, need to be done at a designated centre with safety protocols and experts supervising. Many of them will require teammates to help each other whilst blindfolded and it serves as a fun way for teammates to bond and learn to trust each other.
For those that want some physical activity with a difference, this can be a fun way to enhance team spirit. Everyone has the opportunity to literally float in the air within an air tunnel and experience what it is like to freefall without a parachute, nor with the ground rushing towards you.
Perhaps the most unusual of them all…fighting zombies. This is a bit like paintball, but rather than trying to shoot other humans with paint you are up against ‘zombies’. These are obviously played by the facility’s staff, and the makeup and effects can be truly terrifying. Nothing is more likely to give your team a shared experience than them all trying to ‘kill’ blood-soaked, crazed zombies trying to attack them. Have fun!