Heather Mills on her new plans for using those ice skating skills
My dance partner, Matt Evers, and I are launching a new team-building ice skating activity for corporate companies to improve team performance, build trust and motivation. The idea stems from our training for Dancing On Ice. When practising for the show, Matt and I had to trust one another immensely to enable us to perform the ice skating moves, positions and lifts. This goes for most team sports and corporate teams, but is particularly strong in something like ice skating where you rely on your partner so heavily.
Team building in corporate settings has been done in many weird and wacky ways, from simple activities like board games to the extreme like tandem skydiving. It encourages individuals in companies to know one another outside a work setting, and gives a platform for more trusting relationships to be built.
Corporate activities and team building highlight personality traits, for example if someone is a natural leader within a workforce, which can be beneficial for a company to help place people in suitable roles, programmes and departments. They can reiterate the dynamic that is already in place, or help to establish a new one.
The ice skating programme Matt and I have put together will encourage workforces to practise skills that you often forget you use on a day to day basis; things like following instructions, absorbing information and conveying your message effectively are all strengths that can be essential to a team situation, both on the ice and in an office.
“The ice skating Matt and I have put together will encourage workforces to practise skills and interact with each other”
Matt and I will take teams on to the ice and go through a series of exercises that encourage individuals to interact with one another. Depending on how quickly the techniques are picked up, we will decide the level of difficulty we can take the moves to.
Not only will this be an excellent team-building exercise for corporate companies, it will also be great fun for everyone involved.
For more information or to find out when we will be beginning this from please visit www.heathermills.org
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