Circus Workshops for Team Building
Team building can be looked at in a number of ways, but we like
to focus on a few specific aspects :
- creating an environment that promotes
- promoting an attitude of learning together
- improving communication
- developing respect for different abilities
- enhancing self respect
- Having Fun
Any team building activities will perform each of these to a greater
or lesser degree. To a large extent, this will depend on how much
the activity will focus on team or individual competition.
A competitive team activity such as paintball, where one team is
pitted against another, will have a different learning outcome to
one such as learning circus skills, where the group
focus on their own and each others personal development.
Whilst we would state that each type of team activity has it's
place, In a competitive team activity, the goal, such as capturing
a flag, or for that matter, scoring a goal can become more important
than creating a cohesive unit.
In overly competitive activities members who are not deemed necessary
for the specific outcome may be left behind. Those that can't throw
or kick straight won't be passed to. Those who don't shout may be
Whilst there may be some truth to this metaphor in real life, there
is no place for it in a team building activity.
In a circus workshop environment, respect is crucial. We make it
clear that some people will come into this with more aptitude than
others. Be it nature or nurture, the course of each of our lives
has led us to where we our now. The point of the workshop is not
to see who is the best at any given activity (although we always
enjoy seeing people demonstrate their abilities) but how we can
help all of the members, and the group as a whole progress to the
Competition is a natural part of life. We embrace it, and respect
it. We may show off our skills, and we may play games. But within
a team, it has to be kept in perspective. Each member of a team
has to be given adequate opportunity to progress. This does not
always occur within team sports where winning rather than developing
is the focus.
Interacting through Circus Workshops
In a circus workshop, everyone is doing something new and interesting,
so it gives a focus for conversation and interaction
Learning Together with Circus Workshops
Circus workshops help learning because each member is learning
a wide variety of the same things. This means they can help each
other do so, but also forms a bond where people have learned the
same things together.
It is normal within circus workshops to approach problems from
a number of a different angles in order to achieve a set outcome.
Each person is encouraged to bring a new angle. The person who doesn't
get something straight away is often the one who comes up with the
new way of looking at a problem that makes it easier for the next
through Learning and Teaching
There are few things in life as funny as trying to teach something
you can only just do, to someone who has even less idea how to do
it than you do. We get participants teaching each other what they've
just learned, and there tends to be a lot of laughter involved.
It immediately gets people talking. More importantly, it gets people
to practice sharing what they know, it makes them more comfortable
communicating about things that they only almost understand,
which means people become happier working out solutions together
On a really basic level, it gets people talking.
Respect in Circus Workshops
While learning together, we have to learn to respect each others
abilities and to build on those. However, we understand that both
self respect and that for other people is something that is earned,
so we provide an atmosphere where people can learn to respect their
own and each others abilities.
Self Respect from Circus Workshops
Getting a person to contribute in a team environment is as much
about self respect as it is about their abilities. The two are of
course linked and learning new things that you never thought you
were capable of promotes belief in yourself, and a sense of well
being that makes people want to contribute.
It just is
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