Tips on Things to Ask Before Planning Team Building Events

Mix Magazine Interview Andrew Grant

Mix Magazine, a prominent Asia's creative media on meetings, published an article covering interviews with Andrew and Gaia Grant of Tirian on tips for meaningful team building events.

You might be a project manager who's been placed in charge of planning a major event for your company. Perhaps you have limited resources or limited time to find viable options for team building.

What's incredibly important is not only making the event memorable, but also creating a meaningful experience that will actively improve how the teams work.

Intelligent team building occurs when the content is based on good quality research and relevant facts that connect with the participants' experiences.

Below are key points of things organisers need to focus on when planning a team building event to ensure experience is effective and the results are resonate:

  • How should we engage the participants?
  • What are the internal relationships like?
  • What role does competition play?
  • Is the experience the right experience for the group?

You might be surprised at the results that can be achieved when you focus on both high quality team development outcomes and having a highly memorable and engaging experience.

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Tirian design special team building and leadership programs customized for the needs of agile & modern teams. With a wealth of experience in corporate team building activities, team building games and team building training.

Tirian can offer your organization a wide selection of unique team building programs and/or customize them to perfectly suit your organization needs.

From our wide range of unique team building and leader development programs, there are some that we'd recommend based on previous success:


Program Outcomes

Program Description

The Sky is not the Limit

Exploring potential for maximum individual and team performance

A fascinating simulated journey into outer space, where teams are required to travel beyond the known boundaries of simple group behavior to discover the potential of effective team networking through a series of simple but challenging exercises or ‘missions’

Team Building Program: WhoDunIt


Recognizing the individual’s roles and responsibilities in the context of a team


A hilarious murder mystery session run by professional actors in which participants work together in teams to solve clues and learn more about themselves and others in the process

Team Building Program: Lateral Sports

Lateral Sports

Developing mental strategies for maximizing potential

An interactive sports challenge which assists with finding the ‘links’ between personal competence and performance

Team Building Program: Get Over It

Get Over It

Dealing with the silo mentality through learning to share resources, as well as negotiating using win/win strategies for superior solutions

Resource management exercise learning to deal with the changing seasonal challenges faced by fictional isolated mountainside communities


Program Outcomes

Program Description

Team Building Program: On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice

Dealing with the pressures faced by diverse teams in challenging scenarios - creating common perspectives and language to streamline communication across barriers

A dramatic themed program that simulates an expedition to Antarctica to look at the effects of pressure on teams

Team Building Program: What Happened to Wat

What Happened to Wat?

Balancing individual and group competition through recognizing different needs and perspectives within a team

A complex team puzzle challenge based on historical accounts from the ancient era of Angkor Wat involving cooperative negotiation and collaborative problem solving

Team Building Program: No One is an Island

No One is an Island

Encouraging team awareness and developing teamwork strategies

Developing survival strategies through participating in simple physical initiative exercises in a ‘deserted island’ environment to achieve effective teamwork

Team Building Program: Teamography


Identifying major features of the team and developing strategies for ‘mapping the team’

An exciting adventure journey that involves racing through an unknown area and mapping the key features in order to reveal team dynamics

Team Building Program: Factor X

Factor X

Understanding the basic importance of team building concepts, and developing effective communication for creative problem solving

A fun reality game show-like program with simple mental and physical team building exercises

Team Building Program: Village Celebrations

Village Celebrations

Identifying the elements of community and defining corporate identity and building community support within the organization

An opportunity to explore the dimensions of corporate culture and community through recreating the elements of a unified authentic Balinese celebration

Team Building Program: The Ramayana Rescue

The Ramayana Rescue

Creating a unified combined outcome through coordinating efforts within and between teams

A colorful ‘cultural adventure’ that involves coordinating the re-enactment of famous cultural myths through designing, building and racing traditional devices


Program Outcomes

Program Description

Team Building Program: Take 2

Take 2

Utilizing story as a means of changing organizational culture

An energetic interactive program that provides the opportunity for participants to create their own movie representation of the company culture

Team Building Program: The Creative Appliance Project

The Creative Appliance Project

Understanding and communicating the organizational values and vision

Designing, building and marketing a new appliance in an ‘Apprentice’ style project which focuses on finding the identifying features of the organization and representing them through the product

Team Building Program: Chocolate Factory

The Chocolate Factory

Discover how to find innovative solutions and improve systems and processes in your own organization.


A unique experiential learning hands on exercise. It simulates the problems of a non-productive company, and addresses the issues of customer dissatisfaction, low staff morale, and failing organizational processes.

Team Building Program: Catch Me if you Dare

Catch Me if you Dare

Understanding the need for crisis awareness , and developing strategies for managing individuals and teams in crisis situations

A realistic, fast paced and intellectually demanding simulation exercise designed to promote dialogue and assist individuals with understanding the issues related to crisis and reputation management

Team Building Program: The Community Construction

The Community Construction

Building awareness of the need for practical support within the organization and creating systems for support

A program which encourages positive supporting values by building equipment and/or structures for developing communities in need

Team Building Program: Endangered


Setting and achieving goals while coping with change

Jungle themed initiative activities involving tribal competitors which focus on learning effective planning and multi-tasking to achieve set goals

Team Building Program: Rapid River Rescue Team Building Program

Rapid River Rescue

Planning, coordinating and communicating to achieve goals –  forming strategies to cope with unpredictability

An exciting whitewater rafting adventure which emphasizes effective project planning, coordination and communication in the face of unpredictable challenges