This article is specifically aimed at people who work for large companies. Corporate careers are often compared to ladders, you make slow progress rung by rung and promotion by promotion. Ambitious people want to climb that ladder, but how can you stand out from your peers and secure promotion more quickly?

One way to achieve this is to volunteer yourself for special projects. If it's a case of being picked instead of volunteering then you have to make sure that you are known to be willing and position yourself in the right place at the right time.

Special projects include arranging client visits, working exhibition stands and organising special events. Many corporate teams have team building events. Sometimes these are annual, sometimes they are more regular.

The projects that large companies work on often last for years and in some cases cannot be measured over time. It is difficult to become associated with success when project completion takes so long, if it ends at all.

Organising a team building event can be viewed as a project in its own right. If it is well organised and a success then it will reflect well on the person who organises it. Equally if it goes wrong it can be a personal disaster for the organiser.

The key, then, is to choose an experienced team building event organising company to work with. Make sure you check references, if possible ask for testimonials from someone in your own team or company.

A good event management company will be able to organise most of the aspects of the event for you. That does not mean that you can abdicate responsibility but that they should give you options for all aspects of the event and allow you to make the best choices for your team.

There are various things that you will need to consider; where to hold the event, how delegates will get there, whether anyone from outside the team needs to be invited and what activities should be chosen.

Choosing an appropriate venue is fairly straightforward, but there are things to consider. There are good conference hotels dotted around the country, often close to motorway junctions but in a fairly rural location. Take advice from the organiser that you are working with but check the venue out on review websites. Often organisers have mutually beneficial relationships with venues and they may not be recommending them purely because they are excellent.

If the attendees are coming from different sites then the location of the venue should be somewhere more or less equally positioned between them. If one team thinks that another team from a different site is favoured then positioning the event close to them is going to make the situation worse and may overshadow the whole event. If that situation does exist in a company then positioning the event close to the team that feels less favoured can help to improve their opinion.

How the delegates will get to the location is another issue. Increasingly fewer people who live in cities drive and instead rely on the rail network for their travel. Do not overlook these people by assuming that everyone will drive. It may be worth considering renting a coach to make the journey easier and there is something of an away day atmosphere about this way of travelling. It can be fun.

Inviting guests from outside the team can be a very clever move for the ambitious event organiser. Would it be auspicious if a senior manager joining the team for dinner to network and give a motivational speech? Would it be a good idea for our ambitious event organiser to make contact with this senior executive's office to make arrangements? What better way to put yourself on the corporate radar with the powers that be?

Choosing the best activities for the team is another key element of a successful event. The individual needs of all attendees must be taken into account. Do you have pregnant or disabled people in your team? Is there anything that people just will not do? It is rarely a good idea for a team to spend a couple of days surviving on the side of a mountain, but even more innocuous sounding activities such as sailing might be unacceptable to someone with a phobia about water.

Your event company will be able to give you a selection of different styles of activity. It is very difficult to please everyone and if you ask a group to choose democratically you will often find a team splits. However, a survey which does not specify the choices but asks pertinent questions will help the organiser to make the best choice. You should include questions on disabilities or injuries (including latent injuries such as a bad back) and whether people have any fears that they would sooner avoid.

There is quite a lot to think about in organising an event for your work team. However, with the right advice and working with a well chosen organiser it is not difficult to pull off a successful event. When that happens you will stand out to your peers and managers and a significant amount of that success will run off on you.

Author's Bio: 

James Coakes organises events for Progressive Resources, The Team Building Company. Progressive organises Team Building Activities for corporate and government clients at superb locations around the UK and further afield in Europe.