Geoteaming’s GeoClean is a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Team Building event where the teams assemble 2 rounds of 40 Hygiene Kits that are given to a local charity to help homeless. The kits are provided by CleanTheWorld.org who repurpose the soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion from hotels around the world. Meetings Focus Live meetingsfocus.com organized this team building event as part of a hosted buyer program where Meeting Professional Planners are hosted by Suppliers to help create new business. For this event, Mario and Rena from epath.org came out to build kits with us and then take the 560 kits back with them to give to LA homeless. Thank you everyone for an amazing GeoClean!
Geoteaming had an amazing time running our first ever GeoClean CSR Team-Building event and we want to show you what we’re all about at Geoteaming.
At Geoteaming we like to PLAY with a PURPOSE with you at our events. Many thanks go out to the MeetingsFocus Live team and our local charities for providing us an opportunity to leave Las Vegas just a little bit better than when we came.
Everyone’s hard work left a big impact on the Homeless Liaison Community Relations Program and all the officers who came in to be part of our event. I found their stories moving and felt very satisfied our afternoon of hard work would be paying off to do so much good for the people they serve.
Here is the much anticipated slide show that highlights all the fun we had along the way.
I look forward to seeing you all in the future where we can share another life-changing adventure with you or the teams you serve!
Kauilani Robinson, SCVB, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-461-5839
James Sido, DSA/MID, email@example.com, 206-613-3208
Deborah Daoust, Seattle Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-386-1974
Seattle Holiday GooseChase Offers Fun Mobile Game, Grand Prize
New photo based scavenger hunt encourages visitors and residents to explore Seattle’s holiday attractions and festivities
SEATTLE – Holidays in Seattle and Geoteaming are joining forces to launch a season-long scavenger hunt in Downtown Seattle. The new Holiday GooseChase is a free mobile-based photo game that encourages residents and out of town visitors to take the best holiday photos from around the city. Participation is free and contestants have the opportunity to win weekly prizes from November 23 to December 31, with two grand prize packages awarded upon conclusion of the holiday season.
The GooseChase mobile app can be downloaded for free from Google Play or the iTunes App Store, using the search term “Holidays in Seattle” to join the game. Participants complete missions by selecting a task, snapping a photo related to that task on their smartphone and clicking “Submit Evidence.” Submitted photos are automatically added to the activity feed so everyone can see who is atop the leader board. Photos are subject to review for their appropriateness by Holidays in Seattle. There are multiple ways to win the scavenger hunt, including highest overall score and best photo of the week. Holidays in Seattle will post the best photos from each week on Facebook and Twitter so contestants can be tagged in their pictures.
Holidays in Seattle will award weekly prizes to the top contestants each week, as well as two grand prize packages. Available prizes include the following:
• 2 nights at Seattle’s Hotel Monaco
• Gift cards from Pacific Place
• 4 passes to the Experience Music Project Museum (EMP)
• 4 passes to the Seattle Aquarium
• 4 passes to the Seattle Great Wheel
• Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria $75 Gift Card
• 4 adult round-trip complimentary passes for the Seattle Center Monorail
• 4 exhibit-only tickets for the Pacific Science Center
• 4 tickets to the Space Needle Observation Deck
• 4 tickets to the Museum Of History And Industry
• Bigfood $36 Gift Certificate
• KABAB Gift Certificate
For more information on how to play, visit www.HolidaysInSeattle.com.
About the Holidays in Seattle Campaign:
Formally named, ‘Holidays in the City,’ the campaign has been newly branded as ‘Holidays in Seattle.’ This campaign is a marketing collaboration of the Downtown Seattle Association/Metropolitan Improvement District, Seattle Center and Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau to highlight the unique and enriching holiday experience of Seattle’s city center, from Seattle Center to Pioneer Square. The goal of the campaign is to enhance the economic impact of the 2012 holiday season by promoting the diversity and wealth of holiday attractions, events and promotions that make Seattle the premier holiday destination in the Northwest. Campaign organizers hope to expand the campaign in future years to leverage greater seasonal growth in retail, restaurant, hotel, arts and entertainment and other Seattle business. For more information, including event calendars, hot deals and more, visit HolidaysInSeattle.com.
On 9/12/2012 from Maine, Geoteaming CEO John Chen hosted a “Text Teams - Team Building with Texting Cell Phones” webinar on HR.com for participants around the country from Dallas, Minneapolis, Ohio, Traverse City and more.
John opened with a story of how a Detroit neighborhood used group texting to prevent crimes in action and help improve their neighborhood. Next John used infographics to show that texting is 5x more pervasive than Facebook and how texting is being used around the world to prevent fraud, interact with government and find out if a pill is real or counterfeit.
Then John got interactive to achieve a team bonding goal. Participants texted their name, company and where they were from to polleverwhere.com that allowed them to see the other people’s responses immediately.
Next, they were able to text to a poll to help determine what topic they wanted to discuss next. The group chose how to use texting for Internal Operations as well as Training. Many ideas were generated, here are just a few:
conveying important messages to the team during off hours (when people are not in the office)
faster information. Private information off the record. Want to use more efficiently an measurable.
I find generation X & Y staff communicate best via text. I feel the lag when staff don’t have a cell phone.
yes and you can text links to training blogs and videos
yes and getting information quickly while out of the office from those running the office
yes and texting feedback from gen x y is much easier and more accurate
overtime, weather, wellness activities
notify the team about system functional outages.
. Meeting room changed on the spot.
you can support your culture
- I sometimes use texting to get feedback from staff that I don’t often get to see so I can get their input in changes etc.
John closed with a segment of this video where text was used to save lives by creating the world’s first texting crisis hotline.
John showed 3 of the 50 Digital Team Building Games in his new book, 50 Digital Team Building Games and the participants were appreciative of learning AND experiencing new technology from their desk!
When Sunbelt Motivation owner and MPI Int’l Past Board Chari Bill Boyd CMP, CMM, CITE wanted a simutaneous 350pp indoor and 350pp outdoor team building event for their top client Rent-a-Center, they asked Geoteaming to make it happen.
Geoteaming brought over 9 teammates from the US and worked with 15 local teammates to put an EPIC 3 hour team building event. 35 teams of 10 chose to stay indoors and complete 3 team building inititives that were timed. These team building initiatives were timed, competitive and brought together by Geoteaming Master Facilitator Jo Fjellman and even included the use of a DJ to provide music during the challenges.
For the outdoor course, Geoteaming built over 35 GPS caches including one on Palamanito Island, featured in the Pirate’s of the Carribean 4. One team needed to leave the conference room, go down 4 floors of elevator, down a funicular (diagonal elevator), take a prviate ferry to El Conquistador’s private island Palomino, then run across the beach, get 3 teammates into a kayak to Palamanito Island where the team retrieved a cell phone number carved on the tree, the proceeded to reverse all that in 2 hours or less!
The indoor team and outdoor team scores were combined to announce the winner at a formal dinner held later that evening. The top 3 teams were given awards and thanks by Rent-a-Center’s CEO. Then the entire audience was treated to a digital slideshow that had the best photos from the day.
Rent-a-Center’s CEO Mark Speese said this was the BEST team building event they’ve had for Rent-a-Center and the use of the indoor and outdoor team building event made sure that every Rent-a-Center employee felt valued and had a chance to compete with their best skills. This was a great way to support our team values for our top employee’s that make the Rent-a-Center President’s Club!
Branding - Adds to High-Tech branding of San Francisco Travel and gives back to MPI community.
Buzz - at MPI WEC was high, lots of talk so even non-players had heard about it, even without main stage support.
PR - Goose Chase presented at San Francisco Travel’s press release event, generating media buzz.
One+ - Featured by player Chuck Highers on front page of One+ Onsite Tuesday edition with 1,800+ distribution
Social Media - @bigkid was #2 tweeter for conference, over 100 tweets, with 29+ counted retweets for a reach of over 14,856 users and 270 clicks to San Francisco Travel website.
Social Media+ - Extended reach with many players turning on Twitter AND Facebook options for additional points, estimated at over 250,000 impressions
Engagement - 251 registered teams at a conference attendance at ~1,800
Collaboration & Connection – Encouraged collaboration and connections with attendees, sponsors, and vendors, encouraging good will with San Francisco Travel.
F2F - 439 direct face to face visits with San Francisco Travel staff and suppliers generated from 20 customized missions.
BIGGEST, BEST - 3,912 photos generated, make this the LARGEST GOOSE CHASE EVER!
Geoteaming really ROCKed this conference with these results AND through Song Division, a music based team building company, CEO John Chen got to play guitar with musicians who have played with David Bowie, the B-52’s and the Goo Goo Dolls!
Geoteaming CEO, John Chen, rocks on stage at MPI WEC 2012.
MPIWSC VP Education John Chen with glassbaby CEO Lee Rhodes
Recap of July Monthly Program & Committee Fair
Giving Back presented by Lee Rhodes
By La Sonia Holmes, MPIWSC Director of Programs
The July monthly program was a huge success that focused on Giving Back and recruiting volunteers for various MPIWSC committees. The attendees enjoyed a wonderful breakfast buffet mixed with plenty of opportunities to get involved with the Washington State Chapter of MPI.
The panel discussion on volunteering consisted of Jim Cacabelos, CMP, Robin Akkerman and Jenny Rivera. This panel brings with them over 30 years of volunteering experience in our chapter. John Chen, MPIWSC VP Education and our moderator, talked about his experience in volunteering and how important it is to not just go wide, but go deep when choosing to volunteer and say yes when asked to step up.
New and current members were encouraged to find a cause you believe in, use your skills to serve on a committee, bring a positive attitude and invest in your business and career. This will go a long way to help you develop relationships, brand your company and book business.
There are many benefits to volunteering.
*Personal and Professional Growth- Learn what your employer can’t teach you.
*Represent your brand/business
*Grow your Business
*Networking- Multiple Connections for a lifetime! Relationships come full circle.
After the panel discussion, glassby baby founder and CEO, Lee Rhodes, provided inspiration through her personal three-time cancer survival story. When asked, almost everyone in the audience knew someone who has been affected by cancer. Lee shared that we all have the power to make things happen. Good will and giving should be a part of your life and mission statement. Use power, color and light to increase your human connections. Partner with someone and seize the powerful moments in your life.
And last but not least Jenny Rivera was awarded the Q4 Shining Star Award for her dedication, commitment and hard work as a volunteer who gives back to MPIWSC. Congratulations!
There is still time to volunteer and for you to give back. It’s never too late! Contact MPWSC Director of Member Involvement & Recognition Jennifer Wilson at email@example.com (206) 910-1428 to find how you can give back.