5 things to help SMEs focus in 2021

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Take the gamble, you just never know!

Back in 2016 I had taken the plunge to leave my job to run Teams Unpuzzled (then Charaderie) full time and decided I would run a free event to showcase my Evidence Room activity. In my naivety, I thought I may attract loads of potential clients, get my name out there, and generally just kick things off. I didn’t ...

5 things I’ve discovered about my business in the run up to Christmas

Against all advice, I’m going to cram my first paragraph with lots of overused phrases from 2020; from virtual events to ‘this year has been unprecedented, a roller coaster, a huge learning curve, life changing’ and now we’ve settled on the new normal! Not to mention ‘YOU’RE ON MUTE!’ In the p...

Team Building and Social Distancing – can it work?

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When making assumptions can be a good thing

Hands up who’s heard the saying; “when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me both”.  My first memory of hearing it was from the mouth of Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs.   I’ve therefore always thought of making assumptions having a negative connotation (and of course in the cas...

6 key skills you need to create a robust team

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘team building’, and to some employees (and managers!) the words fill them with dread.  These activities have become synonymous with raft building, spaghetti tower construction and generally going on a bit of a ‘jolly’. Also, feeling slightly uncomfortable with each other while you...

How to turn role play into a positive experience

We’ve all experienced that inward groan when we have to participate in something we really don’t feel comfortable doing.  We can all agree that a common cause is hearing the dreaded words ‘and now we’re going to practice that through a spot of role play’. It seems that most people hate (or more likely, fear)...

When being under pressure is fun (and useful)

It seems that my close friends and family really do know me well when it comes to buying gifts.  I wrote last year about my amazing experience with ‘A Murder to Die For’, and this year my friends came up trumps with a surprise visit to Sherlock, the Game is Now. You may or may not know that I’ve recently develop...

How do I choose the most effective Team Building activity?

Perhaps you’re working with an ineffective team, morale is low, but you can’t quite pinpoint where the tensions lay and are therefore powerless to improve them. You might be aware of the issues within your team, and want to observe them remotely to assess the impact they are having on your business and come up with...

Our Secret to Successful Engagement in Team Building

Murder Mystery? Understandably, most people I meet have only ever encountered the world of murder mystery in a party environment, sitting round a dinner table trying to fathom the complicated instructions from a box set through a haze of wine.  Therefore, it can be difficult to imagine how on earth the format can, for...