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Fun company outing ideas
by On March 1, 2017

Team building exercises or the annual company outing doesn’t have to be a drab affair. Does your staff need a little pick me up? Long gone are the days of dreading quality time with your coworkers. Especially since a lot of companies are seeking different and more creative ways to inspire their staff. Not only does a good company outing help your employees bond, but it can help reduce stress around the office. Plus, they’re just plain fun! For some great ideas, check out the list below.

Volunteering

First of all, offering up your services to a cause that may really need it feels spectacular. But sharing that experience with other people is a really great way to bond. In addition, there are so many different organizations out there that you’ll never run out of ideas. For instance, activities that require people to work together include building a house for habitat for humanity. Or, for those animal lovers consider helping out at a local animal shelter.

Who Dun It?

Secondly, a really fun company outing is a mystery dinner. Depending on the size of your company, you may need to go in groups. The idea is that your employees enjoy a great meal, sometimes up to 4 courses, while trying to solve a murder mystery! This is just all around a great company outing, and sparks interesting conversation.

Escape

Next, escape rooms are gaining so much popularity lately. The idea is that a number of people go into a room. There are clues and puzzles that have to be solved within a certain time frame in order to “escape the room”. An escape room is a great bonding experience because you have to work together to solve everything. To up the ante, give a prize to the fastest time!

Kayak

For the outdoorsy type, a kayaking trip can be a great way to work together. In fact, it takes a lot of effort to paddle the right way, and prevent your team from going in circles. Encourage people to kayak with those they don’t normally interact with at work. If you’re interested in something not as fast paced, a canoe might be your cup of tea.

Become a tourist

Yes that’s right, get out there and doing something ultra touristy. Your city may have some great things to offer and you should embrace it. For instance, duck tours are really fun and slightly embarrassing but you’ll probably learn something new. Inspire your staff to be goofy and laugh at themselves.

Get Cooking

Additionally, nothing brings people together quite like food. Instead of making a company outing to a restaurant or bar, have everyone cook for themselves. I’m talking about taking a cooking class! It entails following directions and working together to create something delicious. And, the best part is that when you’re done you get to eat.

Sweat

Get that blood pumping. Organize a company wide yoga session, day hike, or workout. Exercising helps alleviate stress and you feel great afterwards. Also, you’ll find that your staff will encourage each other to succeed and reach their goals.

Tips on Saving Time and Money While Traveling For Work
by Roger On October 1, 2016

Being a public speaker, life coach, author, business owner, and avid conference attendee, I’ve become quite acquainted with the road (or the air, depending on the mode of transportation). In my years of traveling for work, I’ve been able to figure out some great hacks on saving time and money while traveling. I’m going to share with you a couple tips I always use when booking hotels and flights, and hopefully, you’ll also be able to flip these for yourself and save a load of cash in doing so.

FIND A FAVORITE HOTEL CHAIN & AIRLINE

With sites like Expedia, Kayak, Priceline, and Orbitz it’s relatively easy to compare prices on upcoming flights and available hotel rooms. However, don’t always settle for this option. I’ve found that this is a good resolve if I need something quick and easy. If you’re allowing yourself some real time to plan your travels, I always suggest finding your favorite hotel chain and airline and sticking with them as often as possible. This allows you to open up a rewards account with them and earn yourself free hotel rooms and frequent flyer miles. On top of these, you’ll also gain advantage of other perks such as wifi access, VIP lounges and priority check-in and boarding.

…BUT DON’T SETTLE ON ONLY USING HOTELS

I’m a fan of hotels for a lot of reasons. The convenience, the reward cards, the vending machines…but sometimes you need to travel for an extended amount of time and staying in a hotel just isn’t going to cut it. You need to be able to think, and relax, and feel like you’re at home. This is where other services like Airbnb come into play. In most cities, you’ll be able to find lodging with all the amenities of home at a fraction of the price that you would pay if you were staying in a hotel chain. Plus, in my experience, the homeowners leave you with free drinks and snacks, instead of charging you a price at 400% cost like some hotel chains.

DON’T BE TOO PROUD TO USE COUPON SITES

Entrepreneurs, directors, board members and anybody with any sort of stature behind their job title seem to have this overall sense of hatred for even the word “coupon”. I’m here to tell you, you’ll save your ass more times than not by taking a few minutes to check some popular coupon sites like RetailMeNot for deals on hotels, car rentals, restaurants, and other services required when traveling. Don’t be too proud. Saving yourself $50 on a car rental for the week starts to add up when you travel as much as some of us.

PLASTIC SAVES

I know a lot of us are used to traveling with cash instead of cards, but I suggest utilizing a credit card whenever available. Obviously, don’t put yourself into credit card debt for a Bloomin’ Onion every night, but using a card instead of cash allows you the opportunity to reap the benefits of their rewards points programs. If you’re traveling overseas for work, make sure you have a card that doesn’t have foreign transaction fees.

LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONLY CARRY-ON LUGGAGE

Chances are you don’t need that 3rd pair of shoes, or backup slacks, or 20 shirts. Fit everything you need into one piece of carry-on luggage and skip the baggage check AND baggage claim wait times. Not only will this get you to your gate quicker, and to your destination faster, it will also save you a grip of money every year on luggage fees. If you’re paying $25 per flight to check a bag, and you fly 20 times a year, you just saved yourself enough money to buy 2,500 Chicken McNuggets…or some VR Goggles. Check your airline’s website before leaving to ensure that you have carry-on luggage that meets their requirements in regards to dimensions.