1. Lord “Littlefinger” Baelish has taught us the importance of surprises
Delight your team with little surprises – like bringing in a popsicle or churro cart for an afternoon treat. Or go all out Oprah Style, tape clues to the bottom of their chairs and lead them on a treasure hunt to the surprise!
2. Tyrion and Lord Varys reminded us that careful planning can change everything
The Devil is in the details, it’s so easy to overlook them, and yet thinking about the details is what leads to a smooth and memorable event. For instance, for summer BBQ’s, most people forget a power source (if needed), music. bottle openers, and balloons (or other sign) to help your group find the spot.
3. Daenerys Targaryen taught us how to make an impression (and an entrance!)
You probably don’t 3 dragons at your disposal (if you do, please be on our zombie apocalypse team!), but you can still leave quite the impression. Try a main attraction/activity that’s new and eye catching. You can even theme the whole event so it feels more immersive.
4. We learned from Cersei that alcohol is a key ingredient
They may not have come for the booze, but they’ll definitely notice and appreciate it if you go beyond the typical beer and wine you already have stocked in the fridge. Break out some bubbly, rent a margarita machine, or bring in a bartender!
5. John Snow taught us how to get buy-in from your peers (and superiors)
Trying to overcome your boss that a party is in order? Team-building events help with employee engagement, productivity, and retention. They can even help with employee acquisition — just invite prospective candidates to join!
6. With all the deus ex machina (well hello benjan), and seeming teleportation in this season, timing is everything!
To increase attendance, try putting the event after an all hands and/or having it during the day. The most successful teams do 2 big yearly events (a big holiday party and big summer BBQ), moderately big Q2 and Q4 events, and smaller monthly events in between
7. Winter is Coming get on planning your holiday party NOW!
There’s a lot of complains in the Bay all looking to party in December and January, so venues and entertainment get booked quickly. Your employees will also have various parties to go to, so make sure you get it on their calendars early!!