Corporate events are an important part of any business. They help to build better working relationships with employees, clients, customers, and various other people who you will need to get onside and impressive if you want your company to succeed.
Unfortunately, a lot of businesses are not doing their corporate events well. They are doing the same old outdated thing every time and it is leading to a lack of interest and effectiveness in said events, and as a result, the business who is running them.
The good news is, if you want to ensure your corporate events are a roaring success, there are lots of more interesting, even quirky, things you can do to ensure they are a big hit that everyone will love and no one will soon forget.
Sound good? Check out these quirky corporate event ideas for your business right now:
A segway tour
Segway tours are a great choice for outdoor corporate events, particularly in the summer months when the weather is good. Fresh air and the fun that comes with watching colleagues trying to master the segway, combined with interesting landmarks and lots of fun chat, make this a unique and interesting way of running an event that is sure to stick out in every attendee’s mind.
Murder mystery events
Murder mystery nights are not just for middle-aged people who are looking to add a thrill to their mundane lives – not anymore anyway. They are really popular now with people of all ages who live the challenge of solving a puzzle and being immersed in the action of a thrilling murder mystery. You can give a formal dinner and discuss what you need to discuss before launching into the fun, and awarding prizes to the winner, and it will be a great way of better getting to know your team.
If your business is in the realms of fitness, or even if it isn’t, and you know the people who you are inviting to attend would relish getting out ad being active, then having them attend a Tough Mudder event where they will compete in athletic challenges and get covers din mud in the process, could be a fun thing to do. It’s not for everyone, but if you feel like your attendees will be up for it, it will bring out their sense of fun, their competitiveness, and their joy in life and it will be more memorable than you can imagine.
Virtual games night
If you’re looking for a way of conducting a corporate event remotely with employees or clients from all over the place, then a virtual games night is a good way of doing it. You can rent iPads to ensure everyone has access to the same games on the same device, and then you can all log on at the same time and do your best to compete in games like Scrabble to see who is the most competitive, the most fun, the best at strategy, etc. You could learn a whole lot about your guests by simply playing a few basic games over the internet, and best of all, this idea will be a really cheap way of doing things.
Of course, if you are meeting in person and you want to do something fun that will also enable you to learn more about the qualities your guests possess, then attending an escape room event is a good way to do that. Not only are they a lot of fun, but they tell you a whole lot about who thinks strategically, who is likely to panic in a difficult situation, and who you can rely on to be solid and steady which is why it is a particularly good choice for an employee event.
Organize a treasure hunt
Treasure hunts aren’t just for kids. We tend to think that as we get older and we get into a serious role, running our own businesses and making waves in the corporate world, we must act like boring grown-ups all of the time, but really why should we? Most adults love to have a bit of child-like fun, and you will be amazed at just how much your smartly dressed, serious colleagues love solving clues and following a trail to find the treasure you have cleverly hidden from them, whatever that might be.
An open-air movie
Rent a projector and a big outdoor movie screen, get the caterers to supply a range of picnic foods, and take your guests outdoors to watch a great classic movie. The combination of the film, the fresh air, and the delicious snacks are sure to be a winner, and it will feel much less like a stuffy corporate event when you are doing the kinds of things that you would do with good friends and family members in normal circumstances, too.
Make your own sausages
This one is really quirky, but if you are looking for a really fun food-based corporate event that will get everyone involved and have you all laughing as you talk business, then setting up a sausage-making competition and having everyone compete to make the best one, before having a caterer cook up the results for lunch, is a good way to do that. It will certainly be memorable!
Tour a brewery
If you don’t mind your guests hang a little liquid refreshment, then taking them on a brewery tour where you can all learn about the beer you will soon be drinking can be a surprising amount of fun, with the added bonus that most breweries have a bar area where you can sit and talk business or hold the rest of your event, at very reasonable rates in a place that has more soul than the average conference room.
If you are looking for a corporate event that is quirky and which will enable your team to form stronger bonds than ever, then doing a team skydive is perfect. Exciting and just a little bit scary it will certainly get your team talking and encouraging each other on, if only to convince themselves to make the jump too. It will show you what your team are really made of and form lasting memories that you all share, and which will keep you talking for months after the event.
Hit the casinos
If you are looking to go all out and you have a lot of money to blow on your next corporate event, then why not take your guests on a trip to Las Vegas. Buy them each some chips and let them have a fun evening of gambling, cocktails and a show, followed the next morning by your main conference event in a local hotel conference room. They’ll be having so much fun that, even if you have to talk business for a while, they will generally be amenable, especially if they know they can get back to the casino before much time has passed.
Hire a yacht
Charter a yacht and have your event out on the deep blue seas if you really want to impress your guests and give everyone a good time. Not cheap, but definitely effective.
As you can see there are lots of interesting ways you can run a corporate event that will just make it that bit more enjoyable, memorable, and ultimately successful, so why not take inspiration from the quirky ideas above next time you need to arrange a corporate event for your company?