Team building with a circus skills workshop? A Clown must have told you that!
This is sometimes the first reaction when people hear about using circus skills to improve the team work and the individual performance of their team.
Why circus skills workshops are more than helpful for team building?
Circus skills are far more team work then you may think. Not only for professionals when the practice for their shows, even more when you and your team take the first steps in learning circus skills team work and mutual assistance are absolutely essential.
What is different about circus skills as a team building strategy?
Most team building activities are targeting the physical or the intellectual abilities of the team members and the competence to increase the target achievement by working in a team. Circus skills approach this in a very unique way. There is no advantage for anyone, not for the fitness enthusiast nor for the chess club member.
What can be achieved in team building circus workshop?
Participants will learn a range of practical new skills that can be applied to both their personal and business life. Below is a list of example skills that can be included in the team building circus skills workshop. Feel free to contact us for more information.
Plate spinning: Plate spinning is great to start because it is quite easy and everyone generally gets self-satisfaction very fast. Once learned the challenge for the group is to have all the plates spinning at the same time. (Timing and attention from everyone are necessary to achieve this goal) this Further task can be, throwing plates between partners (a perfect timing is needed here), nominate a person to hold as many spinning plates as possible that have been spun by everyone else and handed to the nominated person. (Timing and team effort are essential)
Juggling – The process of learning to juggle is a metaphor for many aspects of business life. Learn how to literally juggle more objects at once. The team will be discovering techniques for learning any new skill and how to break tasks down into more manageable goals. Juggling balls or scarfs together with a other member of the team is a valuable lesson how team work makes things easier, even if it does not look like it in the first place. Most of all, they will see how to gain valuable lessons from failure.
Diabolo – Diabolo is an ancient Chinese circus skill. Once the participants have learnt the basics of the skill they will be paired up to start passing the diabolo between each other. It requires synchronised timing and precision, so to be successful, clear communication is crucial.
Stilt Walking Learning how to use stilts is like re-discovering how to walk. There is a small degree of risk, but confidence can usually be built up very quickly and once basic walking is mastered, participants will move on to applying everyday movements. This is a skill in which the support of colleagues is required in a literal sense.