3 Reasons To Hire A Professional Facilitator When Conducting Team Building Activities

Whether you are a high school sports team, an office staff, or a children's outdoor club, team building activities can help you get to know each other better and develop communication and strategy skills that will help you be more successful when it comes to reaching your goals. While there are plenty of online resources that include instructions for various team building activities, if you want an effective team building experience, you should consider hiring a professional facilitator. Here are three reasons why a professional facilitator is worth the extra cost. 

Get The Undivided Attention of Your Team Members 

Bringing a new facilitator in to lead your team building activities helps ensure that your team will give them their undivided attention and fully participate in activities. For most groups, a new leader is interesting, and your team members will likely be intrigued by the facilitator. Additionally, the facilitator comes in with background experience and confidence leading activities that your team members are more likely to trust. For example, it may be easier for a facilitator to get a team to stand in close quarters and complete silly tasks than it would be for their everyday manager to do so. 

Avoid Preferential Treatment 

Even if your manager or team leader is not supposed to have favorites among your group, they can be influenced by your history. Because they already have an idea of what roles people play in your organization, they may encourage people to take on those roles during team building activities. 

An outside facilitator will come in with a good understanding of how teams function and efficient teamwork, but no preconceived notions of the roles that individuals on your team usually take on. This allows them to encourage your team to interact in new and different ways, potentially increasing the effectiveness of your teamwork. 

Get an Outside Perspective On Your Team Interaction 

A facilitator is likely to notice aspects of your teamwork that you might overlook. For example, they may point out areas of strength you have that you are currently under-utilizing. Alternatively, they may be able to help you figure out why certain forms of communication and strategies are not working for you as a team. This outside perspective can help you plan future training for your team and develop a plan to work together better. 

Team building activities are usually a fun way to build trust. However, with a professional facilitator they can give you many more benefits.