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New Year Team Meeting?

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New Year Team Meeting How to Engage Your Team at The First team Meeting of the Year

Getting back to work after a long Christmas break is quite a struggle.  So when you first get your team back together to plan the year ahead why not start with a few ice breakers to smooth the way and get people engaged and looking forward to the team meeting. Nothing is worse than ploughing straight in  where you left off in 2013!

Get the coffee out and get everyone seated in a circle or horseshoe - no tables - much more conducive to getting a good response. Ask people to spend a few minutes thinking about the following:

  • What personal New Year's resolution have they set that they would be willing to share with the team?
  • Think of a personal New Year's resolution for the workplace
  • Think of a new year's resolution that the whole team could sign up to for 2014

Share Some New Year's Resolutions

Starting with yourself reveal your personal new year's resolution (NYR). Then, using a ball or some soft object throw it to one of your team and ask that person to share their NYR . Remember not to force people to share! If you have sufficient trust within the team it will be done willingly. If not you have some trust issues and need to work on those on another day. Once they have revealed their NYR ask then to throw the ball to another member and so on until everyone has had a go.

Onto round 2 and repeat starting with yourself and asking everyone what personal NYR they have for the workplace ie. one thing they will personally do for the better at work.

Round 3 - you may wish to break into small discussion groups for this - what NYR could the whole team sign up to ? Each small group to come back to the whole group with ideas for a whole team NYR. Hopefully the chosen team NYR is unanimous

You may realise that to do this session properly with care and thought it will take a fair amount of time depending on the size of the team. You could easily give over a good half day for this.

It's a good idea to record people's NYR's for commitment and achievement purposes. You could list them on flipchart and pin on the wall; you could make a really nice poster out of them and frame  and then give each person a copy. You could even get people to write on a postcard and post them back to people in 3/4 months! Whatever you do don't forget to follow up on them in the next few meetings to check how people are getting on.

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Goal Setting

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Setting goalsAs trainers we're often looking for novel training games, energizers and ice breakers to elevate our training programmes from dull to dynamic. training games that neatly illustrate a concept such as communication or leadership are trainer's gold dust! Most trainers have a few of these up their sleeves.

If your training session ends with a goal setting session, here's a really easy and effective training closer idea you can use to make the goal setting stick.

Give each person a postcard and then get them to write it to themselves, recording goals and anything significant learnt. Once the postcards have been filled out, take them and post them to the delegates in 6 months time. It's a very handy reminder of goals set and will be a very nice surprise in 6 months time.

Sharon Naylor has tons more training games, ice breakers and energisers up her sleeves. Check out the ice breaker ideas website for hundreds of novel ideas for elevating your training programmes and making them a fun as well as a learning experience. Her blog details new training games and ice breakers every week. Be sure to check it out!