Events Management is synonymous with team work, the pair are almost inseparable. Whether it’s working as a part of a team to prepare for the event or managing the on sit team when delivering your event, if working in a team isn’t something you enjoy, or can at least learn how to deal with, then it’s safe to say a career in the events industry probably isn’t for you.
As part of our degree course, we had to work as a team of five to research, prepare and deliver a fifty minute workshop on the topic of event budgeting and finance to a group of students. Team work comes very naturally to some people and others can find it a real challenge. Our workshop not only highlighted the different skills that all of our team had, but also highlighted a number of key skills that I’d like to share with you today that can make any individual a true team player.
5 Skills That Will Take You From ‘Individuals Doing Group Work’ To ‘An Individual Group That Works’
1. Patience – When working in a team it’s important to remember that not all of your team are at the same level and you’ll all have different ways of doing things. Patience and trust almost come hand in hand; if a team member is doing things differently to how you would, it’s about having the trust and belief in them and being patient and giving them the time to do things their way. Patience is also important when it comes to things you disagree on as a group, taking the time to remain calm and listen to other solutions almost always allows the best route forward eventually.
2. Empathy – As much as at times you may feel like it is; it is important to remember that your team project may not always be the main priority in somebody’s life. One week into our project, a member of our team gave birth to a son. At times like this it’s important that as a team, you’re there to offer any help and support with their part of the project rather than standing in absolute disbelief that something could possibly be more important than your project. As a team ensuring that you work together to offer collective solutions to any problems means that you can work far better than an individual, as the saying goes, one team, one dream.
3. Communication – Being a good communicator is important as it allows you the opportunity not only to get your own ideas across to the team, but also encourages others to interact and share there ideas as well. Listening is just as important in communicating as talking. In listening to the ideas of others in the team it both makes every team member feel valued and allows for the best ideas to contribute to the project and the team as a whole.
4. Honesty – When in a team, honesty is important not only if you make a mistake yourself, but if you feel a team member has made a mistake. In being honest when you’ve made a mistake yourself, you allow the problems created to be solved much faster by opening it up to the team. By being honest with your team, you maintain a standard that you expect and open up any mistakes you think have being made to the group for discussion. During our group workshop I made the mistake of not letting a team member know that they’d made a mistake; in doing so I created a large amount of work for myself in solving it and also created confusion in the group over why changes had been made to work I hadn’t done. In opening this problem up to the group I feel as a team we’d have come up with a far better solution than I did as an individual.
5. Trust – Trusting your team is vital in any project. Nobody goes into a project or piece of group work looking to not do a good job. In placing trust in people to work independently, you allow their creativity to flourish in a way that it otherwise would not. Trusting other team members creates a far more dynamic team as it means that team members are free do do their own work whilst knowing they have the help, support and collective knowledge of the rest of the the team if they need to ask for it.
In embodying these five skills as an individual group member, you begin to create a team working environment that encourages these skills to grow and develop within other team members. Your team is, and always will be made up of a group of individuals, but allowing that individuality to flourish you create a team that is in itself very individual, very unique, but one in which every team member feels they are valued and listened to.