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“ You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation”               - Plato

Who is TeamSmart?

TeamSmart is a professional training and team building provider incorporating Experienced-Based Training and Development (EBTD) through challenge initiatives and experiential education.  These initiatives (activities)  provide participants with an interactive, hands-on approach in their training.  Programs have application for personal and organizational growth, skill development, and team building for businesses, office staffs, individuals, families, church and youth groups, school and athletic teams, and "Teams" from every walk of life.

What is EBTD?

Experienced-Based Training and Development is a mixture of challenging, adventurous activities that bring about positive changes in individuals, groups, or organizations. The activities are followed by opportunities for group reflection, a debrief, if you would.  EBTD activities are very effective because besides being novel, they involve all the senses, making the activities holistic.  The approach is based on the philosophy of experiential education, which is learning by doing with reflection. The Association of Experiential Education (AEE) described experiential education as "a philosophy and methodology in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values."  The 20th century American philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey stated that, "Experiential learning (education) takes place when a person involved in an activity looks back and evaluates it, determines what was useful or important to remember, and uses this information to perform another activity."

Providing metaphors is the easiest and best way to teach adult learners. Using metaphors connects new skills and concepts to already known skills or concepts- providing a likeness or analogy between them. These metaphors enhance the transfer of learning. Experiential learning activities are created as metaphors for work and life situations.  After each activity, during the debrief,  participants are encouraged to make parallels, drawing metaphoric connections directly to their real life responsibilities and relationships, and then transfer the concepts back to life and work applications. It also helps participants discover the optimal learning points and creates a new awareness of the groups’ talents and skills.

In short, EBTD and experiential learning activities consists of four parts: Challenge, Experience, Reflection, and Transfer-Application. 

                           climbing wall

Does EBTD Work?

The simple answer, YES!  Learning by experience is the oldest, most fundamental and greatest result oriented learning type.  Experienced-Based Training and Development is grounded on the principle that learning is more effective when the whole person is actively involved. Experiential learning is active learning, rather than passive.  This allows people to practice the very skills they are learning and are more likely to remember them upon returning to their duties.  EBTD programs offer concrete experiences that are task oriented, just like work/life. These experiences bring about learning outcomes beyond those of the typical lecture-based training and development.

Many studies have been done showing the efficiency of experiential learning.  It is proven that a person remembers 20% of what they hear, 50% of what they see, and 80% of what they do. In  Studies done by Simon Priest, PhD, it was found that corporate adventure (experiential) training can be an effective means of developing teams. The experiential approach was also found to be far more effective than the classroom approach in developing teamwork; as much as 25% more increase measures of teamwork with experiential programming as compared to classroom lectures.  A survey of participants who have gone through an EBTD program revealed that 96% felt the program was valuable in team building, 86% saw new insights into leadership, and 92% of the participants gained increased closeness to teammates.

Dr. Priest gives six reasons why EBTD programming is set apart from the traditional forms of training and development, and is therefore more effective.  He states that EBTD is:  1)  experiential  2) dramatic  3) novel  4) consequential  5) metaphoric   6) transferable.

In their book, Processing the Experience, (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1997) Luckner and Nadler also give reasons as to why experiential learning is effective.  They are:

  • Equality
  • Decreased time cycle
  • Encourage risk taking
  • Developing relationships quickly
  • Chaos and crisis in a safe environment
  • Common language / common mythology
  • Disequilibrium
  • Meta learning
  • Diversity of strengths
  • Projective technique
  • Kinaesthetic imprint
  • Fun

So, Why TeamSmart for your training and teambuilding needs?

Who doesn't want to have fun?  There is nothing wrong with play.  This is true even during a training and development session.  An article found in Psychology Today states that:

"Most of us think of adult play as respite or indulgence, but having fun is no trivial pursuit. In fact, it's crucial to our mental creativity, health and happiness. . . Yet. . . play's value among adults is too often vastly underrated. We would all agree that play lifts stress from us. It refreshes us and recharges us. It restores our optimism. It changes our perspective, stimulating creativity. It renews our ability to accomplish the work of the world. By anyone's reckoning, those are remarkably worthy achievements." 

More than 3/4 of all doctor visits are stress related, and has an annual price tag in excess of $100 billion.  TeamSmart can help reduce workplace stress, promote needed group skills, and provide this 'play' in your next training!

Effective teamwork and communication of all team members is critical to improved performance. TeamSmart can help you build SMART teams that will produce extraordinary results in teamwork, productivity, and performance. Programs incorporate fun and innovated challenges which address a wide range of individual, team, or organizational related training needs and goals. Be ready for interaction, introspection, and just plain fun!

TeamSmart's mobile experiential learning programs can be done virtually anywhere.  The program format is ideal for indoors or outdoors, and gives you the flexibility of working at various sites, such as a conference room, park, gymnasium, local facility, business training facility, or company retreats.  Programs are customized to meet your group's needs, which allows everyone to be involved in a series of sequenced, challenging activities where collaborating effectively with other team members is essential to everyone's success.  TeamSmart programs bring a collection of individuals to common ground, where people of all ages and abilities can participate equally.  Programs can range in time from a couple hours to a couple days.

With TeamSmart you and your group can select themes such as:

Teamwork    Leadership Demonstrating Trust Group Awareness  Problem Solving Communication   Working Together Encouraging Creativity Goal Setting and Achieving  
  Role Identification Valuing Differences    Team Dynamics  
  Conflict Resolution Giving and Accepting Support    Respect   Generating and Reacting to Feedback  Relationships and Trust Building    Managing Change Various Religious Themes

Spend a morning, afternoon, or the entire day away form the "regular routine" for a memorable team building experience. You can ignite excitement and energy, build client cultivation, enhance skill development, kick off a new project, or just have a lot of fun! You’ll be amazed at the results that can happen when people get to know each other in a different environment!

What you can expect from TeamSmart

First, a really good time.  Secondly, a quality program.  And third, results, results, results. 

TeamSmart focus on low (ground) challenge initiative activities.  We can also provide high ropes course, river rafting, and rappelling programs; or a combination of any and all of these activities.  The Bowsman SwingPlease note: the ground initiatives are mobile, but all others require travel to the Uintah Basin, Utah.  TeamSmart staff will be happy to sit down with you or your group to give you more insight as to exactly what we can offer you, and which program and activities would be most ideal for your group.  Programs are specifically designed for your groups' goals, and will be catered particularly to your needs.  Upon request, TeamSmart will provide you with a complete program agenda prior to your program date, outlining each activity, metaphor, and skill that will be enhanced.  After your program TeamSmart will follow up with you and your group to see the progress that is being made.  We can also provide additional activities that can be done to help reiterate those things learned and practiced during your TeamSmart experience.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  To register for a program click here.  Or E-mail We hope to see you soon!

-TeamSmart, building SMART teams one challenge at a time-


A few TeamSmart quotes:

"I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember. I do and I understand."  Confucius

". . .there is an intimate and necessary relation between the process of actual experience and education." -John Dewey

"Initiative is to success what a lighted match is to a candle." -Orlando Batista

"Inside every man is a child wanting to play." -Nietzsche

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -Albert Einstein

"Without play- without that child still alive in all of us- we will be incomplete.  And not only physically, but creatively, intellectually, and spiritually as well." -George Sheehan

"Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing." -Helen Keller

"Movement is the door to learning." Paul Dennison

"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success." -John D. Rockerfeller

"Play is exultation of possibility." Martin Buber

Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different." -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

"Experiential education is elusive, often paradoxical, a multifaceted jewel with ethical, aesthetic, spiritual, physical, social and psychological dimensions, even cosmic dimensions.  Psychological mountain climbing may be the right phrase for what we mean by experiential education." -John C. Huie


What others had to say about TeamSmart:

“The whole program was useful.  In each of the activities we were able to have fun and get to know each other, and we had to work as a team.” 

“I saw members of our staff talking and laughing together that normally don’t.  Everyone learned to work together and get along very well.”

“The program met my expectations.  My leaders were able to come together as a group and were able to better identify each others strengths.” 

“I was not expecting what we did!  I thought that we were just going to have some guest speaker.”

“I particularly enjoyed that there were no pauses or breaks.  The staff constantly had the group going.  They allowed everyone to feel comfortable and to have a good time with one another.”

“I really liked the way you taught teamwork and that everyone is important in the role of a school/community.” 

“The staff was very professional and friendly.”

"The program was better than expected!

"I thought all of the activities were very useful and brought us closer together."

"We all came, not knowing what to expect, and kind of shy, but we easily warmed up during the fun activities.  Our goal was to be able to work and think as a team, and we did!"