Reel Experience: How the Power of Movies Brought My Team Closer Together

By Stephanie Davis Smith, September 20, 2016

There’s nothing unusual about getting cozy on overstuffed chairs and watching clips of “Working Girl,” “The Sandlot” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It” with your staff, board or boss—at least not at Reel Experience. The Connect Corporate magazine team tried it firsthand. The one-of-a-kind teambuilding activity in Atlanta suburb Marietta, Georgia, proved to us that watching, and then dissecting, our favorite movies can be fodder for building deep, meaningful camaraderie.

Reel Experience 2Sessions with groups like ours—or Reel’s corporate clients such as Chick-fil-A, Syrup Marketing and more—begin with each member making a list of their top 10 favorite movies and sending it to Reel Experience ahead of time. Once inside Reel’s colorful and quirky offices, each person on our team received individual packets and props incorporating their movies choices. (The Reel staff does a ton of prework before you arrive.) Our team was then broken into smaller groups, separated and led by a Reel team member through various movie-inspired exercises. Even better? The popcorn machine, snacks and endless bottles of movie theater candy kept us acting like giddy school children.

While we can’t reveal all the epiphanies had over the four-and-a half hour experience (with 45-minute break for lunch), we can tell you the incredibly moving experience reveals the character of your staff, what drives them, what role they play in the team and how everyone can play to each other’s strengths. How’s that for keeping it reel?

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