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Not All Holiday Parties Have to Be Ugly

It is that time of year again. The time where we conservatively let loose in front of our co-workers and talk about something other than work at the annual holiday party. I enjoy holiday parties, as long as they are not awkward or forced. Just like training, if these parties are well thought out and curated, they can be really fun. Similarly, if they are poorly planned, they are awkward.

As I plan my holiday get-togethers, I look for inspiration to improve the engagement among attendees. Let’s take a look back at a few Train Like a Champion posts to see if we can get some inspiration for fun at this year’s holiday parties.

Step One: Take Out The Garbage

First, let’s avoid garbage activities. How do we do that? Start by taking out the garbage and throw away all of those garbage activities!

Step Two: Be Inclusive

People differ greatly in what they define as fun. I like to slalom ski, jump out of perfectly good airplanes, and CrossFit. My co-workers (and most people I know) don’t necessarily define fun the same way I do, so how do we have fun together? That can be complicated, but the first step is to work towards engaging everyone.

Step Three: Facilitate Meaningful Activities

Just like training, party activities should not be planned simply to pass the time. Activities need an outcome. Are we trying to get to know each other? Are we team building? Are teams showing off a skill they learned this year? Activities need meaning, as you plan your work party, review a few of our activities that you can match to your goals.

As you think about your holiday parties this year, how will you make them meaningful and engaging? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!

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