Team Up – Working Together to Move Forward

Teaming Up to Get Things Done

Most professionals develop a preference on how they work on projects, whether it’s on their own or with a group of people. Chances are, even if you’d rather go it alone, there are times when it makes greater sense to team up with a partner or a group.

Assembling the Troops to Feed a Community!

The Holidays are upon us! Looking for teambuilding activities to engage your employees all the while giving back to the community you work and play in? We’ve got them!

On November 4th, 2015, Corporate Event Interactive (CEI) produced Feeding Chicago for its client, the Meetings & Incentives Worldwide. It was a team building meets CSR event during their Annual Meeting. M&IW employees took part in a series of team building challenges and trivia while building camaraderie and at the same time, giving back to the community. After each challenge was completed, teams received food vouchers which were redeemed at the “general store” for food items. Teams assembled and decorated boxed lunches and wrote inspirational messages to be included. How fitting!

Coming Together for a Corporate Feud

When was the last time your Corporate Feud was a funny, engaging one? Our teambuilding activity (based on the widely-known, long-running Family Feud game show) was exactly that for one of our valued clients, Brightstar Corp. On October 15th, 2015, we ran The Brightstar Game Show Medley at the welcoming DoubleTree Hotel.

Not Your Typical Easter Bunny Scavenger Hunts

With Easter five weeks away, parents everywhere are planning their kids’ scavenger hunts this year. Using those small real chocolate eggs (and/or the colourful plastic ones too). And kids everywhere are excited to be on the search to collect the most eggs e-ver (or at least for this year!).

Team-building and Team Bonding – What’s the Difference?

For February Blog

What’s the purpose of your next team-oriented event? How do you want your team members to come together? We came across this book, SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together, that helps event meeting professionals to answer such questions. According to New York Times best-selling author, Christine Comaford, she helps to explain the significance between team-building and team bonding attributes.

Comaford says “We use a team-building event in order to further the ability to work together.” She adds that “gaining new skills, fostering trust, shifting behaviors and designing a shared future are characteristics of a team-building event. We are investing in building and enhancing the performance of the team.”

While Comaford explains “team bonding is an opportunity to build deeper relationships, play and let off steam. Here we are investing in the team’s understanding of and connection to one another via a shared experience.”

With CEI, the company offers a wide range of teambuilding events that foster the importance of working together, building trust and developing continuous confidence. From scavenger hunts to socially-responsible events to workshops and retreats, CEI can work with you in choosing the right fit for your organizational needs. The CEI team is here to help. Contact them today to get started!


By: Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski
All in Place Communications and Creative Design
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Welcome the cold in!

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Happy New Year! Welcome 2015! Don’t let the snow, slush, gusty wind and cold weather stop you from taking your team outdoors this winter. Get out there and teambuild!

CEI offers a lot of outdoor events (as well as indoor for all you hibernators!). Consider booking any of the following to get your team venturing in the cool, crisp, fresh frosty air.

Picture This! Photo and Scavenger Hunt – Each team will receive a package including (1) a list of theme photos to be taken, (2) unique items to collect, (3) an instant photo camera and (4) a team mascot that must be included in all photos. Traveling within specified boundaries, teams will strive to capture the perfect photos and find their scavenger items to be crowned the winner!

The Great Teapot Exchange – Trade It Up! – Teams have a limited amount of time to traverse their city, make trades, and bring back the most valuable item(s) possible. They’ll work together to take photos of each transaction to document the adventure. Nothing other than the treasured teapot can be traded anything and items obtained from trades of the teapot. Upon return, they’ll decorate a storyboard with photos and promote the final item(s) collected for judging.

The Book of Secrets: A Museum Based Adventure Hunt – For all you looking to teambuild indoors this winter season, this one is for you! Teams receive their Book of Secrets and an iPad (1 per team) from an Adventure Guide and are released into the museum’s exhibits to discover hidden treasures and secret information. Once all the clues in their Book of Secrets are solved, teams turn in their completed books to find out who the winner is!

And when you’re done for the day, you’ll be feeling all warm and fuzzy from having spent those adventurous hours bonding and building trust amongst your team. Creating for an even warmer work environment moving forward.

By: Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski
All in Place Communications and Creative Design
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A Holiday Party like no other!

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September is here! Adios Summer…. it was nice while it lasted …. now Fall moves in. Welcome hot bowls of homemade chili and soups, wooly socks and knitted sweaters (again!).

And with the official start of Fall three weeks away, come thoughts of planning the Holiday Party and/or Employee Appreciation event. It’s that time of the year to recognize all the hard work and efforts your fellow employees have contributed over the business year.

CEI can help! There are so many teambuilding activities for employees to indulge in (instead of the usual sit down dinner). Get your employees (and their guests) to partake in cooking or dessert making or an outdoor ice skate fest ….. Get them interacting with each other instead of awkwardly staring at each other from across the dinner table. Here are some suggestions that surely will get your employees out of their seats:

Creative Cocktails

Who doesn’t like to indulge on a refreshing drink? As guests enter, they must complete various riddles to find the event’s secret code, which they are then given their mixology parameters. Let the fun begin in creating their concoctions before being presented to a panel of judges who will have the “last sip”.

Toy Building Workshop

Your event space is transformed into its very own toy building workshop, allowing guests to build and create toys for a local children’s charity. How cool is that! With the help of tools and friendly elves from the North Pole, guests will have the opportunity to interact with each other all the while creating toys for lucky children, just in time for the Holidays!

International Culinary Cookoff

Your cooking skills are put to the test in this unique teambuilding challenge. Guests are broken into culinary teams and compete in a cooking/company trivia contest to earn extra ingredients and cooking supplies to create their ethnic masterpieces. They will work together in cooking an international feast based on various ethnic regions … a fun and delicious event not to be missed!

Get them dreaming of a Holiday Party like one they’ve never attended before with any of CEI’s teambuilding offerings.

The months of November, December and January book up fast so contact CEI today to get started planning!

By: Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski
All in Place Communications and Creative Design
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Ready, Set, Go! Planning for Teambuilding Adventures

RositasPicSummer has officially arrived! Plans are underway at most companies for their corporate BBQs, employee company picnics and teambuilding activities. It’s been a long, harsh winter so everyone has eagerly been waiting for the hot, warm weather to arrive, I bet.

At CEI, the wide range of teambuilding adventure offerings can be held both indoor and outdoor. If you are thinking of engaging your employees this summer, there’s no better way than sending them off on a friendly-competitive scavenger hunt.

Why not consider any of the following for your next teambuilding day out:

The Great Race – helps team members build cognitive thinking, fast decision-making and maximum team communication

Art and Architecture Orienterring – team players discover Chicago’s hidden art and architectural landmarks amongst Chicago’s urban landscape

The Great Teapot Exchange – Trade it up – teams learn to be savvy marketers and network, negotiate and barter with locals in return for upgraded treasures like hot in-demand tickets and gift certificates

Call CEI to get started on planning for your group’s next teambuilding outing – Ready, Set, Go!

By: Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski
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CSR Events for Team Building

Take team building and networking to another level as your guests work together to help the local community by completing an interactive charitable project.

Adventure Hunts and Races

Exciting adventures where teams discover new and exciting locations by solving clues, performing challenges, interacting with locals, taking action pictures and/or locating unique characters or villains.