There are as many misconceptions about adventure
training as there are training providers. Initial responses to the idea of
outdoor training activities tend to range from 'I've done that being lifted
through a spiders web stuff before...' to 'there's no way that teambuilding
stuff changes anything at work'.
The comments we receive after our field programs are
a very different matter, however - 'absolutely the best thing we have done
in years', 'I learned things about my co-workers I would never have dreamt
of' & 'I never thought I could do it...'
frequently asked questions concerning outdoor training:
Q. Why is it relevant to what we do at work?
A. What we attempt to do with every
program we design & deliver is to 'mirror' or replicate issues and
situations that confront the group at work, but in a different environment
with different pressures to bring out 'responses' more rapidly. Every one of
our activities is best thought of as a small 'laboratory' where the team
gets to work, interact and learn by what they do. Any outcome to the
activity is a valid one (we don't set things up for a 'cosy' finish where
everyone is happy) as long as it is debriefed appropriately and the team
benefits from the experience.
Q. Will I be
forced to do something I don't want to?
A. No, absolutely not. Every activity
is purely 'challenge by choice' (an oft used phrase but a good one). You
participate at the level you feel is appropriate for yourself and for the
team. You may find yourself doing things, however, you would not have
Q. Will I get wet / cold / scared?
A. Yes, maybe! Some activities involve
water / height / physical exertion but again they are designed with the
group's demographic taken into consideration and you don't have to do
anything you don't want to. Getting scared is a very effective way of
getting to know both yourself and your friends.
Q. Are outdoor programs compatible with indoor
Yes, absolutely. We go to a great deal of trouble to design interactive
programs with our partner training
providers so there is a seamless transition between indoor and out. When
you undertake a conjunction program (AG working with an indoor conference
facilitation expert) you can be assured of a holistic product that has been
constructed to address the issues your organisation is facing.