Stand out with creative meetings

What is creativity? By definition it is the use of original ideas and a broad imagination to think of something new and a little outside of the box. Creativity has been the reason behind many of the most successful concepts, products and ways of working. Stepping away from the ‘normal’ and choosing to do something that is a little more creative can set any company apart from the majority – making them a first choice company to work with.

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Client introductions and meetings over coffee or a nice three course dinner are exactly that – ‘nice’. Whilst a great way to talk to clients on a more personal level, the concept is old and can become a little boring. It also does not offer a relaxed atmosphere which may make it harder to build working relations from.

Creative meetings such as corporate cooking events could provide a unique alternative to a meeting over lunch – offering the perfect opportunity to interact more with the client. In these creative meetings, the emphasis is on relaxing and having fun rather than ‘office talk’ which may help break the ice with clients and make them feel more at ease. This is a great first step when thinking of a long term business relationship. These creative meetings, such as those hosted by Venturi’s Table, do not make you slave over a hot stove to create a meal, but instead give you the opportunity sample different ingredients and create a meal that the whole team can enjoy together. Over a glass of wine, you and your clients can then sit down and tuck into your creations. Creative meetings are a completely new and more exciting way to build a better relationships with clients, enabling you to ‘mingle’ more within a relaxed and unforced environment.

If you are looking for new ways to entertain your clients with creative meetings and would like to find out further information on corporate cooking experiences, please visit the website of Venturi’s Table. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a member of the Venturi’s Table team to discuss how these creative meetings may help to build rapport with your clients or would like further information about these events, please contact a team member now by dialling 02088757488.

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Team building cooking London

A team with good working relations makes for a more efficient team which can ultimately improve performance, making targets more attainable. A good working relationship can only be achieved when there is an understanding of individual skills, emotions and personalities which can often take a long time to appreciate especially in the confines of the office. With office pressures including heavy workloads, there is often little time for personal interaction between co-workers, making it more difficult to more personal relations to be fostered. Team building exercises away from the office are a great chance for teams to become stronger.

team buildingTeam building activities give the opportunity for departmental teams to work together outside of the office environment. This could be anything from a team sports day, quizzes and other problem solving games. The main principle is that the team must work together, utilising individual skills, to complete the task. Team building exercises are a great way for teams to bond and work collaboratively – especially when pursuing and end incentive! This new appreciation of an individual can then be taken back to the office environment, where a team can then work interdependently together.

Team building cooking sessions is a great way for a team to better connect outside of the office. With companies such as Venturi’s Table offering team building cooking in London, taking a day trip away from the office could be just what a team needs to really get to known each other better. Team building cooking in London offers a half-day session – whether that be over the lunch period or into the evening – where the team must work together to produce a meal for the whole group to the sit down and enjoy after. The team can be split up into smaller groups to make the different components of the meal which can give everyone a chance to talk to a colleague that they may not necessarily work with directly. This interaction and new found understanding of individuals within the team can then be taken back to the office to reap the benefits of positive teamwork.

For those looking for an alternatively team building day out and are looking to try team building cooking in London, please call a member of the team at Venturi’s Table on 020 8875 7488. They will be able to give you better idea of what you can expect from the team building cooking day and will be able to answer any queries that you may have. Alternatively, you can visit the company’s website to find out full details of the cooking classes available in London.

Team building activities are they a waste of time?

Vodafone UK and YouGov conducted a survey recently into team building activities and discovered that many employees think team building activities do little to improve team communication and working relationships.

The poll of over a 1,000 office workers found that over 50% believed traditional team building activities were a waste of time and stronger teams were better developed through social based interaction.

The researchers discovered that the least liked group activities included extreme sports and trust exercises, including exercises wear individuals are blindfold and fall backwards to be caught by team members. More popular activities included team meals or just going for a social drink together.

Sadly the team building experiences of some 54% had left them with a very negative opinion of the whole group bonding process.

While there is no doubt that companies need effective, strong working teams in order to be successful what this research highlights is that building these teams using traditional group bonding or team building activities may not be the way forward.

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Fun Team Building

Employees clearly want fun team building based around a social atmosphere where they feel relaxed and able to communicate. However simply going for a meal or a drink together is not enough to really get a team working together. The social activity needs a purpose or goal this is why cooking based team building has become so popular as championed by companies like Venturi’s Table have been promoting corporate cooking events for several years.

Venturi’s Table created the first UK custom-built Corporate Cooking Centre in London, to provide fun team building cooking events for groups of business professionals.

Cooking is the perfect team builder not only is it social and relaxing it gives teams the goals need in order to get them working effectively. Plus the team all gets to sit down and enjoy the fruits of their labour with a fantastic group meal at the end.

With Venturi’s Table nothing is stressful or to labour intensive the experts are always on hand to make each step enjoyable and fun. Corporate cooking events can also be tailored with cooking challenges for the more competitively minded or for real foodies wine tasting or chocolate making can be added to the programme.

In fact group cooking at Venturi’s Table is so enjoyable many companies have chosen it as one of their favourite staff incentives rather than just a team building event.

For more information or to book a fun team building cooking event visit http://www.venturis-table.com