Rock-band Themed Birthday Party

Rock-band Themed Birthday Party

A birthday signifies the anniversary of the birth of a person, and there can be nothing more joyous than holding a celebration on this occasion.

For kids, a birthday party can be a great boost to their self-esteem, while teenagers on the other hand look forward to having a party that expresses their maturity and budding individuality.

Birthdays are also a great way to celebrate the lives of the adults in our lives, bringing families together to create memories that would be long-lasting in the minds of our loved ones.

And for companies, an anniversary signifies an important milestone in their journey towards continual progress.

For momentous occasions like these, having the right game-plan will play an important role in determining the eventual success of the birthday party, making the person being celebrated have an unforgettable special day!

Now, there are various ways of planning for a birthday party in Singapore for all the above-mentioned groups; let us take a closer look at all the planning considerations of available options and birthday party packages in greater detail.

Birthdays for Kids

Making your boy or girl feel like a prince, princess or rock star on their birthday is one of the best and most lasting gifts you can give them. But where and how should you start?

  • Theme

It is always comfortable to start with a theme around which you can plan your invitations, birthday party decor, food catering, and also event space for the birthday party.

Themes give life to parties, and as such should be thoughtfully decided upon

Both you and your child (or toddler!) will enjoy making plans for themes that reflect their interests – be it sports, art and craft, a mermaid or minecraft theme, or even a lego-based theme.

Think about the right music choices to play in the background – the right types of tunes will enliven the party, setting the scene and keeping the overall energy positive.

  • Guest list and Invitations

You should make the guest list for your child, but once they reach the age of four, it goes without saying that they should be consulted.

Invitations can either be bought off-the-shelf from the store, or be handmade. They can set the mood for the event, and older kids may enjoy making invitations out of paper-dolls, origami or even off a computer-based template.

Each invitation should not only include the required details such as time, date and directions, but also special instructions such as ‘bring a swimsuit’ or ‘parents to accompany children’.

 

  • Decoration

Once you have decided on a theme, be sure to prepare appropriate birthday party accessories and decoration accordingly, which could be things like balloons, banners, or a giant backdrop.

The aesthetic choices to be made here also depend on whether your child is 1, 3, 6 or 12 years old, as kids will invariably grow to love different things as they age.

  • Food and Venue Options

You can also decide on the food options, and depending on your choice of venue, whether to have it catered by the venue itself – for example, if you chose to have your birthday party at common children’s birthday party restaurants such as  Ben and Jerry’s, Pizza Hut, Marche, Jollibee or even McDonald’s, one thing to consider is that you have the option of having them cater food for your celebration.

A question you need to answer is also whether the party is going to be a halal party – this would involve both food and beverage choices for your event.

  • Entertainment   

Be sure to include entertainment that would fit your chosen theme – this could range from having magicians on the day to art jamming activities.

Also decide on photography and videography services that you would like to have to document your kid’s special day.

It should go without saying that kids are full of energy and are always looking to have a good time – have a list of activities for them to be engaged in throughout the event, and also schedule appropriate rest times for them to have refreshments and food.

  • Organiser Help

Make sure to not go at this alone – everything will be much easier if you have help! Get a spouse, relative, neighbour, babysitter or friends to assist with activities as well as in the setting up and cleaning up. This will be especially important if you are entertaining young guests whose parents will be dropping them off.

  • Control Expenses

You do not need to spend a lot of money to have a successful party. Remember, this party is for your child and their friends – not their parents. Save the fireworks display for your next adult gala. Kids just want to play, so there should be no obligation to send them home with goody bags full of expensive toys.

  • Dealing with Siblings

Even though it is the child’s big day – make sure not to ignore their siblings (if any). Allow the sibling to invite one special friend, and let them help out with the party – most kids never want to miss out on the action at home!

  • Expect the Unexpected

This is typically the hardest thing to plan for at any children’s party, so here are some tips to keep chaos at bay:

  1. Be prepared for meltdowns – have adult helpers on hand to take care of a distraught kid while celebrations continue.
  2. Stock up on basic first-aid supplies.
  3. Be sure to know of any food allergies or relevant medical conditions of the children that will be at the party, especially if the parents are dropping them off and will not be around.
  4. If you have pets, it will be good to separate them from the guests. Some children are allergic to or afraid of even the most gentle of animals.

Rock-band Themed Birthday Party for Kids!

With all that mentioned, an option you should definitely explore for your child’s birthday party after considering all the possible birthday party ideas, is one offered by Team Music called ‘Rock-Band Themed Birthday Party!’.

 

In the package specially planned for children, the party will take on a rock-music setting, from the venue decor, to the background music, down to the choice of outfits for the event. Team Music can also provide cakes, snacks and balloons, and suggest and provide appropriate outfits for the celebration!

Children will learn how to play a simple song on instruments such as electric guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals, and be able to play together as a band under the guidance of Team Music’s experienced instructors.

It will be an invaluable experience for them, to learn what it takes to play as a band through complete songs, and gain soft-skills such as listening skills and teamwork all while having fun and enjoying the process of learning something new!

If you are looking to spice up your child’s next birthday celebration, definitely look up this option to help you in your journey to make their birthday an unforgettable one.


Birthdays for Teenagers

When your child turns double-digits, planning a birthday party can definitely become more challenging. Guest-lists might be in flux now due to politics of such an age range, and they would want a party that highlights their personality and sense of self-expression.

With that being said, here’s a mini-planner to help you along in your quest to have the best birthday party yet for your teenager!

  • Teenager’s Wants

What does your teen want? Answering this question would lend clarity towards the planning and eventual execution of the party, as it would inform your choices from both an aesthetic and functional point of view.

Another thing to consider – is this an age for your child that is considered a milestone? For example, a birthday that commemorates their sweet 16th, would be different from one where they are turning 21, and all the social-gravity that age brings. Questions like these will inform your choice of theme, the tone of the party, the guest-list, down to the food and music for the party.

It may very well be that he or she wishes to have a party at Wild Wild Wet, and have a day filled with water play. Or perhaps to bring back memories of childhood, they would like to play indoor laser tag, head to a KidZania, or play arcade games at a Timezone arcade. They may even wish to have their birthday on a yacht out at sea!

Consider their wants and align them with your budget to set yourself on the right path towards making this day a special one for your teenager.

  • Party Size

Consider the max capacity that you would like to host for the celebration. This would help you decide on whether you can host it at home, or start looking at the various locations in Singapore, and possibly renting such event spaces to hold the birthday party.

Another option to explore is whether to hold it indoors, or outdoors. This ultimately depends on whether your teenager is a fan of outdoor activities, or more a fan of quieter, intimate activities.

  • Party Location/Venue

Decide on the best location for your teenager’s birthday party – depending on factors such as the number of guests invited, the chosen theme and planned activities for the day, and even proximity and ease of access for your teenager and his or her friends.

Consider the various birthday party venue rentals and possibly holding the celebration there – in fact, if for example the venue of the choice was the Singapore Zoo, you could engage their help in planning the activities and games for your teenager’s birthday, from going on a guided tour to taking part in a treasure hunt.

  • Timing

Decide on a timing that would be conducive and maximise the full attendance of guests for the party. Choose a night-time event if you know your teenager likes night-games and campfire activities – this would also lend itself to a sleepover once the party is over, which depending on their age, could very well be the icing on the cake for a memorable birthday for your teenager!

A birthday event timed during the day would also be another option, which could eventually culminate in a feast-like atmosphere at dinner-time after a days worth of fun-filled activity.

  • Party Theme

Choose a birthday party theme – these range from combat skirmish type themes (definitely for the boys!) to mani-pedi parties which will always make your teenage girl and her friends happy!

Be sure to keep in mind classics like the sleepover and slumber party. Since the kids are now all older, a big plus is not having to deal with separation anxiety that could be an issue if they were younger.

Other options include scavenger hunts that could now have bigger boundaries attached to them – this is great for your teenager to get accustomed to getting to new places on their own.

  • Entertainment

As kids turn into teenagers, they will definitely start having well-established tastes in music and fashion and design. While keeping the chosen theme in mind, hone in on these aspects of your teenager’s personality in deciding on the appropriate entertainment to have at the celebration.

This would range from choosing the right kind of music to play, to having appropriate party decor to even perhaps choosing a fun and relevant movie for guests to watch.

  • Gift-policy

Establish the gift-policy early on, perhaps on the invitation card itself or upon guests arrival.

For example, simple statements such as ‘please bring a gift and leave it at the door upon arrival’ would help make this aspect of the birthday party efficient, with the mentioning of an established time at which the birthday boy or girl will be opening all the presents.

  • Friends and Family

This one is an important question – will you be having a friends-only party or one that is a combination of both friends and family?

Certain criteria to consider in answering this question would be the expected number of your teenager’s friends attending the party versus the venue capacity, as well as the appropriateness of activity in relation to the average age of guests.

It could very well be that you would have two parties – one solely for your teenager’s friends and another one for the family to get together.

  • General Rules

Establishing basic guidelines and rules would help ensure the celebration runs smoothly with as few hiccups as possible, and also allow you to moderate a level of courtesy and discipline amongst all guests (especially your teenager’s friends) as the day progresses.

This could refer to certain things being mentioned on the initial invite such as ‘no alcohol’, ‘no smoking’, and ‘no curse words’. Establish a contact list and known list of your guests’ allergies and medical conditions for emergency as well, to ensure the overall safety of the event, and most importantly, your peace of mind.

Rock-band Themed Birthday Party for Teenagers!

An option to consider for your budding adult, is a Rock-band Themed Birthday Party offered by Team Music!

Allow Team Music to organise the birthday party for you, and enjoy a day filled with fun and joyous music-filled activities. Your teenager and their friends, and perhaps even the adults, will be learning music instruments (including vocals) and be able to play through pre-selected songs of your choosing, regardless of their musical background and experience! This will be done through the guidance of Team Music’s experienced facilitators, who will be there to help every step of the way.

This would be a great learning experience for your teenager and their guests, from the aspect of learning soft-skills involved in playing together as a band such as listening skills, commitment to the cause of playing well, as well as developing confidence in themselves through persistence, all while having loads of fun in picking up something new!

Birthday cakes, snacks and appropriate decor will be provided, together with genre-appropriate outfit suggestions as an overall dress theme for the event. Team Music will work together with you, your budget, and your needs and wants to ensure the success of the event!

The entire package can be customised to your needs and wants – if you are on the hunt for unique birthday party ideas that are different from everything else out there, definitely look this package up.


Birthdays for Seniors

Seniors should be celebrated for their longevity and so much more, but all too often birthday celebrations for such a person turn into events that place the older individual in the backseat. Here are some definite ways to celebrate a loved one’s 50th, 60th, or even 80th birthday in ways that will definitely lift their spirits!

  • Senior’s Wants

The goal is to celebrate this day together with your loved one, doing whatever they want in a day designed solely for them.

Work with caregivers and family to select the best activities for the occasion, and in the initial planning stages, consult the senior themselves if they wish to partake in any particular activity on their special day.

Brainstorm around their likes and dislikes, and come prepared on the day itself with a list of possible activities that would fill your beloved senior’s heart with joy.

  • Theme

Birthday themes for seniors need not be boring affairs – like any party, a theme gives it life.

In this case, we need to take into careful consideration the physical needs of the elderly. Some good themes to explore would be something like ‘Good Old Times’, a way of evoking feel-good memories of the past through perhaps displaying treasured photos as decor for the birthday celebration, and planning an old-school dress code for guests.

Setting the tone this way will definitely be a big help in making your senior feel appreciated, as well as make their guests feel excited to be in attendance at this party!

  • Guest list

The success of any party will always depend on the guests who attend. Carefully draw up a list of people that would ensure your beloved senior’s excellent company for the day.

Do not just think of who to invite, but also their mode of transport for the day. Seniors with mobility issues may have trouble getting to your birthday party venue of choice, and keep in mind that some will have caregivers that will have to be in attendance as well.

A potential solution is to engage transport services for the day, with wheelchair-accessible fleets in particular being a great option.

  • Keep It Simple

More than anyone, seniors appreciate the simple things in life, and probably do not need a glitzy luxurious party or a thousand balloons to feel appreciated.

Keep things as simple and as elegant as possible, with an emphasis on quality over quantity. Try your best to not cloud this special occasion with extraneous activity and events. Simple things like bouquets of their favourite flowers, a birthday cake in their favourite flavor, and seeing their favourite people all in the same space, will probably be more than enough to put a big smile on their face!

  • Location and Limitations

This relates to the question of mobility – does your senior have physical limitations? Keep this in mind as you choose potential venues to host the event, with the goal of convenience and accessibility being important factors to your decision.

Additionally, check ahead for weather conditions and have a wet-weather plan in the case of having an outdoor birthday celebration.

You should also consider if hearing impairment is prevalent amongst either the senior’s guests or even the senior themselves; if so, you may want to skip traditional speeches and opt for a more personal, intimate setting where guests are able to have one-on-one conversations with your guest of honor!

  • Gift Ideas

Guests will typically ask ahead of time the question – ‘what should I bring as a gift?’.

Make sure to think beforehand, of any difficulties the celebrant may face with gifts. Are there certain types of gifts that they may be unable to use, due to some kind of limitation? If so, it is best that guests know this prior to the birthday celebration.

Gift cards are often a great idea. Note your senior’s favourite restaurants, and places to visit, and perhaps purchase a gift card for them from such venues.

Seniors also typically donate to charities and are fond of a few in particular, so knowing such details would mean you could open up donations to the floor during the event to the celebrant’s favourite charities, which is bound to bring joy to your beloved senior!

  • Music Choices

Birthday parties are affairs meant to engage the people in attendance in conversation and fun times. The background music for a birthday celebration can really set the tone, so be sure to have a playlist on the ready full of tunes that will keep the party’s energy going and make the mood positive.

Consult with your elderly loved-one too, on their favourite tunes to ensure they get to safely bust a move to their favourite songs!

  • Delegate

If you are the primary caregiver for your senior, you may want to engage the help of someone else to host the party. Consider hosting the party at a family member or a friend’s place, as this would free up your time and energy, which you could then use to ensure your beloved senior’s comfort by attending to them throughout the day.

You know your senior best in terms of what they like and who they would like to attend their birthday party – so it would be wise to use this information in delegating various roles to your family members, keeping everyone involved in the running of this special day!

Rock-band Themed Birthday Party for Seniors!

If you have a birthday celebration coming up for a senior who loves music, look into the Rock-band Themed Birthday Party for Seniors offered by Team Music!

In this fully-customisable program, both the celebrant and their guests will be taking on roles as instrumentalists and singers for a few pre-selected songs, learning how to both play the songs individually and as a band. With a varied song repertoire, Team Music will work with you in choosing the best possible songs for the event!

Allow your senior and loved one the opportunity to play their favourite tunes, perhaps for the first time ever, with guidance from Team Music’s team of experienced facilitators!

The party will have delectable birthday cakes, appropriate decor and even outfit selection provided by Team Music, all in line with a music-themed party. Tunes will be selected in accordance to your needs as well – just imagine how great it would be to have a playlist full of songs that your senior loves, playing throughout the party!

This bespoke party is fully customisable to you and your senior’s needs and wants – definitely look into this if you are looking for unique birthday celebration ideas to show your senior how much you appreciate them!


Birthdays and Anniversaries

Everywhere you look these days, there seems to be a form of measure of life: from the use of biometric technology in exercise regimes, to the steady stream of statistics published each week.

We impose a kind of order on the passage of time, culminating in time becoming a measure of change.

Landmarks in time, such as birthdays and anniversaries of companies, can then be seen as a division between a past self and the present self who has the future in reach. This helps reinforce goal-pursuing behaviours; as such, birthdays and anniversaries are important times and excellent opportunities for both individuals and companies alike to celebrate past successes as well as envision and plan for the future.

With that in mind, here are some guidelines to help you plan and ensure the success of company anniversary celebrations!

  • Round up the Troops

Company success stories typically come about as a result of collaboration and buy-in among employees and departments, ensuring everyone is on the same page with regards to company direction, methods and outcomes. It should not come as a surprise that the same is true when it comes to planning anniversary celebrations!

Get your staff excited by having them actively participate in the planning and execution – this will go a long way towards ensuring the campaign runs smoothly.

  • Planning

Once you get everyone on board, the planning stages for your anniversary celebrations can begin.

Ask yourself a few questions – how long will the celebration last? Will there be events and mini-celebrations in anticipation of the actual date? Will your focus be on a social-media driven campaign, or will it be a quietly anticipated affair leading up to the big day?

Deciding on your timeline is important, as anniversary campaigns involve many components – so make sure to start planning ahead to ensure the pieces are in place well before the actual date of the anniversary.

  • Know Your Story

Behind all the things that your company does, there is your branding story. Anniversaries are probably the best time to revisit, hone and disseminate this story on a company-wide level.

Think of any significant birthday milestones that you’ve personally celebrated or were responsible in planning for the celebration of, and how a common thread in each was that every one of those were made particularly touching by the telling of stories about the person being celebrated.

The same is true of your company – your story of origin, the evolution and the characters driving said evolution are compelling components of your business. Articulating this will help inform the tone and theme of your celebratory campaign, so be sure to do this beforehand.

  • Make A Splash

How are you planning to mark this important occasion? Here are a few ideas!

1.Get It Published

An anniversary is an excellent time to think about publishing your company’s history, weaving it into a tantalising narrative, complete with a beautiful layout and design. A physical book will act as a tangible commemoration of the business to date.

2. Throw a Party

Gather your colleagues and clients, and treat them to a night of celebration! Plan for a party that’s either held at a spacious hotel function room, or explore other options such as booking the USS or Singapore Flyer exclusively for a day (or night) of fun with your company.

Remember to brand your invitations with your anniversary campaign – from the tagline to the logo, and so on.

3. Give Back

Choose to donate or match donations from clients and employees, to a charity of your choice. This is one of the most altruistic ways to celebrate an anniversary and is a very respectable choice to make, especially if your company has a purpose-driven perspective.

  • Have it Permeate Everything

Whether you’re planning to publish a book, a limited edition product, or even a specialised website for the big day – make sure to have it permeate everything you do.

Include your taglines and links in your email signatures, print special postcards, update your social media image, and get it on your letterhead. As you go about running your business from day to day, find ways to promote your impending milestone.

An option to explore is to also pitch it to the media, which includes trade magazines and websites. This is especially so if you have compelling and easily digestible facts about the company, such as infographics, fun facts or even your company timeline. Mainstream media may pick up on this as well, if you have a very endearing personal story to tell about the company.

  • Celebrate

While there are business objectives for planning a company anniversary do not lose sight of the traditional goal of having celebrations, which is to celebrate!

Take this moment to revel in the success of the company, and take stock of what has happened so far in its existence. Acknowledge everyone who has contributed to its success, and embrace both the present and future.

  • Post-event Planning

As the celebrations come to a close, this will be a good time to start planning ahead, and thinking about the chapters that have yet to be written in the company’s history.

Take this opportunity to think big; over the course of planning for this anniversary you have dissected and and reflected on your company’s history, and now have increased clarity behind the reasons for your company’s success.

This is a great time to map out strategically, the path to take for the next five years. The next big anniversary will come in no time!

Rock-band Themed Birthday Party for Company Anniversaries!

If you are looking for unique ways to hold your company’s anniversary celebration, it would do you good to consider Team Music’s Rock-band Themed Birthday Party for Company Anniversaries!

This highly-customisable program includes all aspects of party-planning for your company, from the decor, the outfit theme, down to the design of the invites! Cakes and snacks will be provided as well.

The main event during the party will be where you and you guests don instrumentalist hats, which include the drums, guitar and bass, keyboards and vocals, and consequently start learning two pre-selected songs!

Of course, this will be done under the guidance of Team Music’s experienced instructors, so be confident in the fact that by the end of it, you will be playing through two complete songs as a giant band!

This is a great activity, to have everyone in attendance be in synchronicity in terms of listening, working together and having confidence in execution, all while having great fun in learning something new and creating collective memories as a group.

Team Music will work with you every step of the way, to ensure your anniversary celebration runs smoothly and will be one to remember for your employees and clients alike!


 Team Music Rock-band Themed Birthday Party

Most birthday parties would have tunes being played in the background – why not take it a step further and have music be the theme of your celebration?

If you’re knee-deep in birthday party planning and seemingly running out of ideas to make your next celebration a joyous and exciting one, a good option to consider would be Team Music’s Rock-band Themed Birthday Party.

In this fully-customisable music-based programme, you will be presented with options ranging from the choice of cake, the type of decor, the dress code, down to even the invitation card template! This ensures that all your needs and wants are met, letting the event be a memorable one for the person being celebrated and all your guests.

The main highlight of engaging Team Music as your birthday party organiser is the band activity, where everyone at the party will pick up various musical instruments (from bass, guitar, drums, keyboards, and vocals) to learn pre-selected songs under the guidance of Team Music’s experienced facilitators!

These songs are decided beforehand, with prior consultation done with you to ensure the selection aligns with the theme of your celebration. Popular song choices include Jay Chou’s ‘An Jing’, Guang Liang’s ‘Tong Hua’, A-mei’s ‘Ting Hai’, Bon Jovi’s ‘It’s My Life’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘Just The Way You Are’.

At the end of the learning journey, everyone involved will be playing through these songs as a giant band, with a video being professionally taken to document the day’s events!

Team Music will also help you with choosing the right venue for your celebration – it could be an outdoor birthday party, or even one held at Botanical Gardens, employing their function room for the day’s activities.

Every aspect of the celebration, from food to the dress theme, will be handled by Team Music with absolute consultation with you to ensure the success of the event. This two-way communication will be important, especially because different types of birthday parties call for varying approaches to the design of the celebration – for example, celebrations commemorating milestones such as a 16th or 21st birthday would take on a different tone as compared to a senior’s birthday, or a company’s anniversary!

Be sure to look up this programme, if you are searching for birthday party event management for your next celebration. Team Music will work with you, in alignment with your budget, to deliver your best possible birthday experience yet!

Choosing the Perfect Corporate Dinner Venue in Singapore

When organising corporate events Singapore, there are many decisions you have to make – from deciding on the date of the event, to catering options… and amongst other things, the corporate dinner venue Singapore.

The choice of event venue can impact other things: for example, whether you need to have additional decor, or whether you need to engage an external vendor for equipment if the space is ill-equipped in terms of AV.

If you think planning the perfect event is like following steps in a recipe, choosing the perfect venue is definitely high on the ingredient priority list!

Here are some guidelines to help you along in this quest:

Planning Ahead

The earlier you start looking for a venue, the better. Prior to looking for a venue, ensure that you have a good understanding of the following three things: budget, estimated event size, and space requirements.

These factors contribute greatly towards the decision-making aspects of organizing a corporate dinner and dance, not least of which would be venue selection.

Try to book the venue at least 4-6 months in advance to allow yourself ample time to plan for other critical aspects of the event and to develop a timeline for yourself. This is important to not over-stretch yourself in terms of time management, and for spreading to-dos out in a healthier manner as opposed to having to complete many tasks concurrently at the last minute.

As you start gaining a better understanding of your overall budget, start assessing the limitations of potential venues and the services they provide. These can range from in-house catering to having sufficient AV equipment for the programmes you have planned for the night.

Location

The location of the venue needs to be desirable and functional for the majority of your guests. For example, if you have a number of them traveling from out of town, it would be optimal to hold the event at a venue near their hotel.

For a local event, it would good to choose a venue that is in close proximity to most attendees’ homes and workplaces – preferably within driving distance if they drive, or easily accessible with by public transport.

Parking

Does the venue have parking, or provide valet parking services? A venue with a parking lot is optimal, but in the event that there isn’t, is there an available parking lot nearby which guests can use?

If there is no parking available, there are a few alternatives you can choose to exercise:

Reserve nearby parking lots for attendees, and either absorb this cost or include it in the cost of the ticket.
Provide a way for attendees to share rides and cabs to the event together, by collaborating with Uber and Grab for an event discount and distributing the promo code to your attendees.

Stage

Is there a stage for use? This is not always necessary, but is dependent on whether you need one – for entertainment, speeches and things of that ilk.

You can enquire with the venue, whether they are able to construct a temporary stage for you, and have things like podiums available for rent.

Capacity

What is the capacity of the room? This is an important question to ask and fully know the answer to, as you need to ensure the venue can fit your estimated event size, and also to adhere to fire and safety regulations in your area.

Cost and Flexibility on Event Date

Being flexible with your choice of event date can be a great way to negotiate pricing with potential venues.

The venue may have open dates on their calendar that they want to fill, so presenting two to three date options could mean savings in terms of space rental.

Ambience

It goes without saying, that you should consider if the ambiance of the venue matches your choice of theme. Remember to include as part of your overall budget, the cost of any decor required to create the theme if the venue requires it.

 

Services and Amenities

Does the venue have its own kitchen, that can provide catering for your event? If they do, it is normal for there to be a charge by the venue for food per each attendee.

You may want to check their food in advance – a negative eating experience does not bode well for the success of the event, so go with a venue that either serves great food or allows you to bring in outside vendors.

Other things to consider would be whether the venue has its own setup and clean up crew, and whether it has AV capabilities. It isn’t always the case that venues provide their own setup and clean up crew, and in such cases you would have to form your own team or ask for volunteers. Lastly, in terms of sound and video equipment, some venues provide that for you whilst others require you to bring such equipment in yourself.

Hidden Costs

Before confirming your choice of venue, inquire beforehand of any hidden costs involved. This could range from cleaning fees, security deposits, to bartender fees, and so on.

Conclusion

It is not the easiest of things to successfully organise a dinner and dance event for your company, but start by choosing the right venue, and you’ll be in good stead towards becoming successful in this pursuit!

The Benefits of Humour at Workplace

The Benefits of Humour at Workplace

 

 “Humour is the possibility of particular cognitive experiences to incite laughter and provide amusement.” – Wikipedia

Good humour, according to Grenville Kleiser, is a tonic for the mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.

Humour can be a strong and useful tool to get ahead in the workplace. However, when used incorrectly, humour can be perceived wrongly and cause damage. So, it is an important topic of study for proper understanding of leadership and communication in a working environment.

 

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As someone who uses a lot of humour, I am interested in what makes for an effective joke in various settings and what undermines my efforts. So, I found this research on how humour relates to status and competence really fascinating.

A good joke can go beyond simply increasing one’s capital, of course. Humour is one of the highest forms of human communication. It can serve to increase intimacy, show compassion and understanding, break tension, make the unspeakable speakable and generally bring people together in a way nothing else would with amusement.

Bitterly, Schweitzer and Brooks in their research paper “Risky Business: When Humour Increases and Decreases Status” which was published in 2017, created and explored experiments which examine the positive and negative impact of humor in business environments.

 

After the experiments, they were able to see how much of an impact, both successful and unsuccessful attempts at humour have on social capital. They sought to answer the following questions:

 

Hypothesis 1: The use of humour increases perceptions of confidence.

Hypothesis 2: The successful use of humour increases perceptions of competence.

Hypothesis 3: The successful use of humour increases status.

Hypothesis 4a: Perceptions of confidence mediate the relationship between the use of humour and status.

Hypothesis 4b: Perceptions of competence mediate the relationship between the use of humour and status.

Hypothesis 5: Appropriateness of the humour attempt will moderate the relationship between humour and competence.

Hypothesis 6: Laughter will moderate the relationship between humour and competence.

Here’s what was deduced: Firstly, when someone tells a joke and it works (it is funny and appropriate), the joke teller is seen as having higher confidence, competence and status. In addition, people like these are more likely to be considered for leadership positions. The overall positive effect of humour in the workplace would be strong if people laughed at the joke. After all, Strean (2009), pointed out that laughter makes us feel good and it is great for overall health.

Furthermore, the effect of successful humour on status was so strong that even recalling a time when co-worker told a funny joke or did something funny increased the perceived status of that co-worker.

However, humour is risky. When jokes work, it’s great for our social capital – however, when they flop, it’s bad. The researchers found that telling an inappropriate joke leads to lower perceived competence and decrease in status. However, making an inappropriate joke still leads to higher perceived confidence, even with lower status. And if the inappropriate joke makes people laugh, the damage done becomes minimal.

There are many ways humour can be effective with human beings:

 

Communication

Humour gets people to listen: Regular use of appropriate humour makes people more eager to read and hear what you have to say. Humour increases persuasion. Humour can aid convincing especially when messages are being passed across to people with different opinion to the speaker’s because the humour diverts their attention from immediately creating counter arguments, as they don’t feel like the message is being crammed down their throats.

Humour aids in learning: The use of humour as an academic tool has been proven to ease classroom anxiety, create a more encouraging atmosphere, as well as aid the learning process. Humour increases the likability of the speaker. A proper use of humour will ensure a favorable approach towards the speaker.

 

Relationships

Humour heightens the sense of shared happiness: Humor releases endorphins, the “feel-good” chemicals in our body, that makes us feel a natural high while being with one another. 

 Humour reduces status differentials: Humour can help in the reduction of the social distance between employer and employees. Fun team building or group activities are a great way to get colleagues to socialise and have great laughs together.

Humour diffuses conflict: Humour has long been seen as the great equalizer, a way to facilitate conversation and bridge differences. Actually, humour has been identified as a key factor in peacebuilding and international mediation.

Humour builds trust: Humour could bring about social benefits which include bringing about togetherness, reduction of status differentials, conflict diffusion, team and trust building among diverse groups.

 

Problem Solving

Humour enhances overall brainpower: A dose of humour sets-free the chemical serotonin in human brain, aids focus, enhance objectivity and improves overall brain ability.

Humour improves decision-making: Positive moods bring about more flexible decision-making and wider search behavior and greater analytic precision.

Humour increases the probability of new ideas being accepted: Unconventional interactions can reduce the barrier for people to posit novel things.

Humour triggers new connections: Humour arouses the exact hemisphere of the brain, which subsequently sets off divergent, creative thinking which allows individuals to see broader applications, novel connections, and otherwise elusive relationships.

Humour enhances ability to solve problems: Studies have proved that merely seeing comedy films can improve creative problem solving skills. Corporate teambuilding activities are great ways to encourage natural humour and problem-solving between teammates.

 

Productivity

 

Humor provides motivation: The use of humour in organizations has been aligned with improving morale among workers, creating a lively and positive organizational culture and in the process increasing motivation.

Humour reduces absenteeism: Humour tends to enhance work performance, satisfaction, team solidity, health, effectiveness, as well as minimized burnout and work withdrawal.

Humour aids employee engagement: Managers who lead with reasonable amount of humour benefit from higher levels of employee engagement and success all round.

Humour improves productivity: In one study of more than 2,500 employees, 81 percent agreed to the fact that working in a fun environment would enhance their productivity.

 

 

LEADERSHIP

 

Humour enhances perceived leadership skills: Leaders, who lead with humour, especially in stressful or perceived one-down positions are seen as being on top of things, being in charge and in control, whether they are in fact or not.

Humour open up opportunities: Research has shown that, managers, who showcases good sense of humour are considered for more opportunities in organizations than those without a sense of humour.

Humour builds credibility: Humour users are seen as more credible and more competent.

Humour increases profit: Organization humour has been proven to go hand in hand with successful leadership, increase in profit and work compliance, a successful business culture, message and goal clarity in managerial presentations, improvement in group problem-solving, and with reduced emotional stress due to threats and role conflict at work.

 

There you have it! All the above are a couple of benefits of humour at work. The little time you put aside for humour may be what you need to cool off the steam and increase office productivity.

 

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Strategies to Improve Team Collaboration

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In a corporate environment, there are many different departments that come together to form a well-functioning organisation. Everyone has a part to play to ensure the success of the team. Everyone is unique in their own ways so when they come together in their strengths, they are able to produce great results and ideas. 

So it is no surprise that active team collaboration plays an essential part in the successes of an organisation. Leaders and team members alike should constantly strive to improve the quality of team collaboration and work better with their colleagues.

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A Step-by-step Guide to Planning your Corporate Team Building Activity

A Step-by-step Guide to Planning your Corporate Team Building Activity

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Here is a list of questions that can be served as a checklist before the Corporate Organiser commits to a teambuilding Vendor or Activity.

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11 Reasons That Hinder Effective Team Collaboration

11 Reasons That Hinder Effective Team Collaboration

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Collaboration is a working practice whereby people cooperate to a typical reason to accomplish business advantage. It empowers people to cooperate and accomplish a common team goal. 

In our current day and age, it is essential to collaborate in order to meet the ever increasing standards of organisational performance and goals. An organisation with effective teambuilding collaboration can be propelled to great heights. However, many corporate teams are still operating below their true potential, due to lack of collaboration.

It is important for corporate teams to set aside time to fully evaluate their teams and to identify and solve any standing issues. Thus, our need to understand some of the reasons as  to why corporate teams struggle to collaborate effectively as stated below: 

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Training Agility as part of your Corporate Learning and Development Program

Training Agility as part of your Corporate Learning and Development Program

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Agility is currently a commonly discussed topic since it tends to the most essential issue in business – moving quick, reacting to client’s needs, and adjusting to changes in your own particular market.  

Innovation has changed almost every industry, driving a need to wind up agility in professions such as retail, healthcare and many others. Organisations now need to learn, re-learn and adapt fast to business climate and leadership changes. The need for change management is at an all-time high. 

After all, agile organisations perform their best by adapting to ever evolving business conditions. So how do you jump-start and maintain corporate agility? 

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The Soft Skills that Musicians have that Employers want

The Soft Skills that Musicians have that Employers want

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In the study and practice of music, students learn way more than simply how to sing or play an instrument. Most of us may not become professional musicians as adults, but the benefits of practicing and performing music adds up to much more than just having it “just as a hobby.”
Musicians benefit from a number of soft work and relational skills such as emotional intelligence, that are helpful in any type of career. As opposed to hard competency skills, which consist of specific knowledge and skills needed for a given job, soft work skills are equally important abilities that allow you to engage well with others and accomplish work projects successfully, and these soft skills are definitely in high demand, among corporations.

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The Importance of Corporate Team Building

The Importance of Corporate Team Building

 

In this highly competitive business environment and constant changes companies and workers alike are constantly faced with, corporate must strategically turn to more effective ways to make sure that the workforce is sensitized and agile enough to undertake tasks as they get even more complex. This should serve not only as a means to achieve short-term higher productivity and withstand even the toughest competition from emerging markets, but also to help companies prepare for the challenges that the quick evolving future is destined to bring.

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Problem-Solving Strategies as a Team that might lead to a Breakthrough Moment!

Problem-Solving Strategies as a Team that might lead to a Breakthrough Moment!

 

Your Task: Design an interesting task or problem for your team to solve together.

Honestly, it doesn’t have to be a work related goal because it might sometimes take the fun of this creative exercise. Try achieving big tasks like creating a professional music video in 4 hours, what usually takes 2 full days. Such big corporate teambuilding activities are great opportunities for the entire team to hit a high in morale, when they achieve ‘miracles’ together, in a shorter than expected time. 

“Struggle and insight go together,” says David Perkins, research professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “You are not likely to achieve an insight, unless you’ve struggled with the problem intensely. Breakthrough thinking is usually preceded by a lot of dead ends and bad ideas. “If you look historically at breakthroughs, the story is never just about the key insight. It’s also about what led up to it and what followed it,” says Perkins. “Typically that involves a lot of work.”

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7 Reasons Why You Should Organize a Corporate Event Overseas

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“Wow” corporate events leave lasting memories with company members and fuel engagement. By organizing an overseas meeting for corporate teams, businesses provide the chance for employees to reflect on their experiences in new environments, encourage intercultural growth, and strengthen team interaction.

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How To Entertain Audience With The Help Of Music At Corporate Events and Meetings Abroad

How To Entertain Audience With The Help Of Music At Corporate Events and Meetings Abroad

Be it at parties, events or even Corporate Dinner and Dance, the most unwanted scenario would definitely be a bunch of restless, unoccupied and bored guest! And the only solution is to constantly keep them engaged and entertained; always making sure their attention is constantly focused on something fascinating rather than staring into space and finding things to keep themselves awake. Celebrating Dinner & Dance really hypes and accentuates up the great importance of team building.  

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7 Benefits of Corporate Team Building

The term ‘Team-building’ is a highly popular keyword among corporate organisations. Over the years, businesses have strategically steered away from competitive work environments to workplaces where collaboration and cooperation between fellow co-workers are seen as key to success. Working well together is one of the most essential elements for maintaining a successful and efficient company, but more often than not, this isn’t something that happens naturally. As with all working relationships, you need to get to know your colleagues and learn how to work well together.

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Music, One of the Best Tools for Team Building & Team Bonding

Music, One of the Best Tools for Team Building & Team Bonding

 

Searching for the next corporate team building activity for your team of colleagues? Already tried your hand at all the run-of-the-mill activities out there? Already bruised (or been bruised by) your colleagues with a few hundred paintballs? Or have you memorised the entire history of that colleague’s love life after being stuck next to him during that loooong arduous hiking trip?

Here’s a big suggestion for you: MUSIC!

Music team-building activities are very holistic, encompassing many aspects of what a team-building activity should deliver. Here are some characteristics of music as a tool for team-building, some more obvious, some less.

 

 

1) Painless Way to Reinforce Agility

Ok, as we already know, there ARE many teambuilding activities out there which actually cause PHYSICAL pain…… but we’re not going there. The keyword here is AGILITY in your team. This could take up another entire article, but in a nutshell, agility is your team’s ability (it rhymes!) to adapt to new situations, and perform WELL under changing circumstances, while working together towards a common goal. The process of developing this ability involves every individual’s response to change and, yes, it can be painful. Making music as a teambuilding activity ticks all the boxes in agility-development: it’s a brand new activity for the vast majority of individuals, it involves a common goal which can only be achieved as a team, and it involves individuals’ responses to change in a dynamic manner. The main difference: music makes the process PAINLESS. The effect that music has on people is both energising and uplifting. Moreover, in a group setting, music has an ability to draw people together which few other tools possess.

 

 

2) Fun & Engaging

Who doesn’t enjoy a time of letting their hair down and making “noise” together? The very nature of music makes for a fun and stress-free activity. No need to crack your brains to solve puzzles to escape from a dungeon, no physical stress for those who “aren’t exactly the sporty-type” After all, the whole idea of team-building day is for everyone to RELAX right? Music is one activity that EVERYONE can engage in, regardless of brains or brawn.

 

3) Satisfy Childhood Dreams and Aspirations

Yup. We can see you smiling at this one. For those have jumped on the bed playing an air guitar to sound of their favourite bands on the radio, this one’s definitely for you. A music team-building activity is an excellent platform for your colleagues to make those childhood dreams a reality, with actual instruments and singing. This process is made even more effective if there are live coaches to guide them.

 

4) Variety of Instruments Play out Department Roles

There are many similarities between a corporate team and a rock band or orchestra, and many experts around the world – such as Ruth Blatt of The Rock Band Project – have used this model to inspire teamwork development in corporate organisations. The fundamental principle is simple – every corporate organisation consists of different parts, with unique functions, performing unique roles, but achieving a COMMON GOAL. A band functions based on the exact same principle. As your staff members try their hand at all the different instruments, besides just having fun, they get the feeling of what it means to be performing unique roles in tandem with other team members to produce something excellent. Also, especially when no one is a proficient musician, the playing field is level and everyone get to work together on something NEW, just like when your team encounters a new project in the workplace.

 

5) Chance to Make Music Professionally

This aspect of music team-building activities will really resonate with those who just know inside that they love to MAKE their own music. But not everyone has had the privilege of getting proper music lessons, right? The music-making process therefore gets confined to the karaoke club, the bedroom… or the bathroom. For such a budding musician, a music team-building session would not only be extremely exciting, but also tremendously enriching! To make music “properly”, playing REAL songs on REAL instruments, with the guidance of PROFESSIONAL coaches. And who knows, if things work out well, personal music lessons might just be the next step!

 

6) Life-changing, Momentous Experience for All

In our years of experience living and breathing music team-building activities, we have observed their effect on people. Time and time again, we’ve seen responses of amazement, not so much by what we could do, but by what THEY could do. Individually, music brings out hidden abilities within people which they didn’t know they had. We’ve seen engineers, finance managers, accountants, teachers, technicians you name it. People from widely varying backgrounds, all with ZERO musical training, able to play music WELL. We truly believe that there’s a musician in EVERYONE, but once again, this could make for another entire article. The point is, the moment that people discover an ability which they never thought they had, and the feeling of using that ability together with others to achieve a common goal – that moment is significant, priceless, and life-changing.

 

7) Therapeutic – heal departmental conflicts

A HUGE factor of conflict in the workplace is conflicting goals. When individuals strive not alongside their fellow comrades but in different directions, that’s when conflicts arise – especially since a common goal is fundamental to the effectiveness of a team. As much as we try, however, we all know that departmental conflicts are almost inevitable. This is where music comes in as a wonderful tool for healing conflicts in the workplace. Collectively, music brings people together towards ONE common goal – playing a song together. Regardless of how much they’ve worked against one another in the workplace, playing a song together reminds people of how it feels to work TOGETHER towards ONE goal – in case they might have forgotten how it feels like. Making music together causes people to put aside their differences and work as a team, in a way that they’ve never experienced before. This, coupled with the fun, stress-relieving effect that music naturally brings – plus the CRAZINESS of simply rocking out together – gives rise to a very conducive environment for cleaning up the wounds from the battlefield, reuniting and recalibrating your team for the days ahead.

 

8) Great Pairing with Milestone Events (awards ceremonies, rewards, employee benefits, celebration, dinner and dance)

Among the many ingredients which comprise an effective company milestone event, there are two important ones that are a must for an event that people will enjoy instead of endure: FUN and NOVELTY. Apart from the usual components of a company event – award presentations, lucky draws, table games, long. long. speeches……every milestone event needs a special activity to give it that extra “oomph”. That’s where the fun and novelty come in. It has to be engaging, it has to give your colleagues a sense of excitement. This keeps your colleagues looking forward to milestone events year after year, instead of thinking it’s something they “just have to be at”. A music team-building activity is one of the few which tick all the boxes. It requires the participation of everyone, it creates an infectious atmosphere of fun, it’s very novel, even for musicians, and it’s something that will stick in the memories of all, keeping them wondering what next year’s event will be like! What’s more, instead of hiring an external band to provide the music for your company event, why not make YOUR OWN music?

 

Top 7 Teambuilding Activities for Youth

Top 7 Teambuilding Activities for Youth

Top 7 Teambuilding Activities for Youth in Singapore

Planning team bonding in Singapore for youth? It does not matter where you are planning team bonding activities for. All you need to know is one big keyword: ENERGY. Teambuilding activities are important in helping to develop meaningful relationships among youth. Youth are always looking for FUN, and that element of fun makes for a much more effective bonding environment as compared to a classroom setting – especially for those who are shy. Teambuilding activities are also a great opportunity for youth to show their creativity and leadership skills, while building other important values such as confidence and communication skills. Here some great choices around town when it comes to teambuilding activities for youth.

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The 5 Types of Colleagues You See During Teambuilding Activities

The 5 Types of Colleagues You See During Teambuilding Activities

How many have you met?

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Just when you thought you’d seen it all. Corporate teambuilding activities are always a great time for us to discover a side of our colleagues that we’ve never seen before – or never even knew existed. Teambuilding or group activities are a great way to help team members understand one another as individuals beyond the daily grind – hence their importance. Here are 5 types of colleagues that you may “meet” at your next teambuilding session.

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