Top 10 tips for planning a productive corporate retreat

Despite what you may have heard, corporate retreats are not just for enhancing work relationships and team building, they can be helpful in improving the overall morale of your workers, chart out functional line of actions that can create an enabling work environment to stimulate the performance of your team.

Irrespective of your budget, you can plan the best corporate retreat by finding the perfect blend of fun, team building activities and motivation.

Research shows that happier staffs form a more productive work force. As a part of your retreat, organize fun games that could lend your team a fresh perspective and help in evolving together.

Below are 10 tips to help you plan the ideal corporate retreat by introducing new team building and leisure activities that are productive, memorable and most importantly fun.

  1. Be certain of the primary goal of the retreat:

Understand the motivation behind the retreat before planning. Is there a need for cohesiveness, has the team lost its morale boost or are there special knowledge and skills, you will like to inject into the system. Knowing the overall aim of the retreat and keeping the goal in mind is the foundation to planning the perfect corperate retreat.

  1. Prepare before setting out:

Research and find the best areas to visit, fun excursions, travel ideas and any events taking place that you could explore before you go so that there are plenty of options available for the participants.

Come up with games that both the introverts and extroverts on your team can enjoy, so no one feels left out. You can organize silent games, where people only get to write out answers rather that speaking out. This way several people will be much more comfortable with the prospect of going for the retreat.

  1. Appoint a skilled facilitator:

For proper execution, hire a skilled facilitator that has expert knowledge and experience dealing with larger groups. Having the right facilitator is probably the biggest single step you can take to getting the most from the retreat. Take time out to ensure that the facilitator is well briefed and works with you beforehand to ensure they understand the background, issues and aims of the retreat.

  1. Opt for a scenic location:

When planning a retreat, choose a scenic destination and a location that offers a lot of free activities such as boating, hiking, diving and snorkelling. The ambiance and these activities will promote creativity and wellbeing at the least possible cost.

  1. Pick a facilitating venue

Try to opt for hotels or accommodation like Oriental hotel Lagos or Protea Hotel Ikeja that have board or meeting rooms because although you won’t spend all your time in them you need a traditional working place to distinguish the fun of the retreat with the nitty gritty work. Sitting outside and working are fun but sometimes you need to sit down with ergonomic table and chairs to fully focus. Choose rooms that are spacious and have natural daylight and quirky features if possible though – not a cramped, white-walled, uninspiring environment.

  1. Don’t tie your retreats to performance:

Corporate retreats should not be linked to performance targets, and they shouldn’t serve as incentive trips for the ace performing staffs only. Ensure that the retreat accommodates and improves everyone and their relationships within the organization.

  1. Keep titles out the door:

Going away with your boss and superiors can be intimidating, as several members of staffs can become uptight and less open to any active involvement during the retreat. So ensure all attendees leave their work title out of the door, so that everyone can enjoy the time out and relax.

  1. Enusre key players attend:

When planning a retreat, decide on your attendee list and ensure that top ranking office members or key players on your work force are invited. This will encourage the turnout and increase the chances of having team members act more inclusive in the program organized.

  1. Opt for a cheaper alternative:

As much as corporate retreat are necessary, they tend to consume plenty of funds. If your organization can’t afford to plan a retreat, you can opt for a cheaper alternative like scheduling some time off, allowing the team work from a new locations, organizing team building exercises or taking fun office excursions within your city.

  1. Organise a follow-up

Shortly after the retreat organize a follow up meeting or send an email detailing things achieved, issues raised and where the team is headed from then on, to ensure everyone is on the same page. Having a follow up is also a great way to keep records, track progress and use such information at the next retreat to refresh and compare progress.

 

8 Simple Ways To Unearth Your Talent

Talent is natural aptitude or skill. This is the simple and precise result you will get when you Google talent. It is something that you can do effortlessly. While some people have discovered their talent at an early age, others are still struggling to find what they are good at. Even though it is important to uncover your talent from the onset, it is never too late. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares ways to unearth your talent and unleash it to the world.

Meditate

You have to take time out to meditate and open your mind to all paths. This is because talent comes in usual and unusual forms. Hence, you are likely to be blind to what some of your talents really are. A nice place to start when evaluating your talents is to meditate.

Listen to others

Your friends or family members are usually aware of your talents even if you don’t. They must have told and complimented you about what you are great at. Try to listen to them more.

What do you find easy

There are things that you do with little or no stress that others find very difficult. That is probably your talent. You should grab it with both hands and try to hone it.

What you enjoy most

Your talents may be displaying itself in other ways. It may come in the form of what you love or enjoy doing especially during your free time. If you are attracted to it, it is your natural talent. You just need to be self-conscious.

Analyse times you were successful

Look back on your life and analyse the times you were successful. Sometimes what you are successful at can actually be your talent.

Subjects you are passionate about

Like earlier stated, talent comes in various form. So, ask yourself, is there a specific subject that you love to talk about to the extent that your friends tell you to shut up or keep quiet? Consider that subject, perhaps it may be one of your hidden talents.

Just ask your friends

Do not be ashamed to ask your close friends you know that will give you an honest answer about what they think your talents are. Jumia Travel adds that there is no need for them to talk about your flaws. Allow them to share the few things that they think you are good at.

Know what you spend your money on

Your values are connected with what you spend your money and time on. Look closer at what this can tell you about yourself. Remember, it must be something good and positive.

7 Tips For A Better Social Media Live Broadcast

Live broadcasts are fast becoming very popular today. You no longer have to rely on a camera crew to go live. Thanks to social media, any organisation, business or individual can do this. From your smartphone or computer, you can broadcast live from the comfort of your home, event centre or office. Your broadcast can potentially and instantly reach thousands of people or a targeted audience. This is quite amazing! However, how can you ensure that your social media live broadcast go smoothly without any hiccups? Well, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares ways you can do this.

Promote your broadcast

Promoting or advertising your live broadcast on social media cost 10 dollars. Since you do not have to break the bank to pay this amount, you can promote your live broadcast on whatever platform you want to utilize. This will make more people aware of your broadcast. If you are a celebrity, a tweet or post will suffice.

Prepare and practice

Before you go live, you have to plan, prepare and practice. You need to ensure that viewers are able to hear you clearly.

Determine how long you want to broadcast

You need to decide if you want to broadcast the whole programme or just some highlights. It is important to know this because you do not want to end the broadcast at the middle and leave your viewers hanging. Let your audience know if it will be a full or short broadcast.

Choose a spot that has a strong internet

No internet, no live broadcast. So, ensure that you look for a strong internet spot that will be uninterrupted. Jumia Travel urges you to have enough data that will last throughout the broadcast.

Do a test run video

Before you go Live for the first time, do a test live broadcast. For Facebook, you can set the privacy setting to Only Me in the Who Should See This? You will see the live video exactly as it will appear.

Get live feedback

If you want your viewers to provide feedback and ask you questions during the broadcast, you have to set this up on certain social media platforms. Their feedback, comments, and questions will appear on the screen. Do not ignore their questions.

Analyse the Results

You can easily get the metrics of your live broadcast immediately you finish. You will see the total number of people who watched your video. You can use this to decide if you want to continue with the live broadcast in your next programme or not.

Dating a Lagos Girl

As a major fan of Joro Olumofin and an ardent reader of the many real life situation entries he showcases on his Instagram handle (where he has people send in mails detailing their experiences, problems and seeking advice from Instagram users) an exciting issue caught my attention. A young man sent in a mail explaining how dissatisfied he felt about Abuja girls who clearly wanted him for material gains and sought for reader’s advice on his intention to move to Lagos in search of a young, classy and industrious lady. He wanted tips on how to treat a Lagos girl.

Hence, I thought it would be perfect to give out tips on the perfect way to treat a Lagos babe.

  1. Don’t just say the word, be the word:

Depending on what activity she likes, ensure you always show a form of interest in the things she loves. Be considerate, encourage her to grow and don’t be a stalker, you know what they say about finding someone you like but still giving them enough space to go into the world and trust that they still be yours.

Don’t say “I love you” if you don’t mean it, be her biggest fan and offer constructive criticism. Do the little things, pick her up as soon as she arrive from a trip and book an exquisite accommodation like Ibis Hotel Ikeja for her to spend the night.

  1. Spend a romantic weekend at one of the top hotels in Lagos:

A weekend getaway is not an excuse to smash!!! It is a perfect way to get acquainted with the babe and offers you close quarters to indulge in fun loving activities. Treat her to a spectacular time at one the biggest 5 Star Hotels in Nigeria like the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Protea Hotel or Intercontinental Hotel.

Sheraton Hotel Lagos is a perfect respite from the Lagos crowd, it boasts of excellent service, amazing buffet restaurants, Golf Range training, Tennis Courts and a Club Lounge with various benefits you can take advantage of during your stay.

Disclaimer: These tips are not your go to guide if you want a Lagos babe to fall instantly at your feet, it takes time, persistence and courage.

 

  1. Get her a gift just because its Tuesday:

I know many guys have been taken through hell and back by girls who are all about the money but that shouldn’t deter you from spend a lil something on the girl who catches your fancy. A thoughtful present is all that counts, not the cost of it. Send her flowers (just because…), you don’t have to wait for a special day of the month or year. Show a Lagos girl how thoughtful and kind you can be.

  1. Take her on dates:

You know the excitement and rush that comes with finding a new person you just click with. You have to make an effort even after getting the sparks ignited. No matter how independent a Lagos girl comes off looking, even the uber classy girls and working professionals love to be treated to a good time by a gentleman. Get tickets for two to see the latest movie at the cinema, take her paint balling or treat her to a good time at the next musical concert.

  1. Send Romantic texts:

Romantic texts and traditional hand written notes never go out of style. Texting is a lot better than sending those annoying PING! PING!! PING!!!.

Avoid sending cheesy texts about how the sun rises and set on her. Lol! Be creative and send something straight from the heart.

 

The Career Mum: 5 Life Hacks to Make Life Easier for the Working Mum

Shout out to my Momma!!!

I often wondered how she did it. Raising 3 kids while pursuing her career in a town filled with the daily hassle of its own.

Then as I got older and watched her, I realized joggling motherhood with a career is no easy feat!

I asked her once “Mum how did you do it?” She replied brightly “The fact that I wanted to give my kids the best things in life kept me moving”.

I adore her no doubt but I figured I only watched mama handle life through rose coloured glasses, all these years I was oblivious to the fact that she carried on with so much sacrifice and failed to enjoy life as much as she would have loved to.

A career mum is often caught between giving her best to two of some of the most important aspects of her life.

You wonder if taking a really demanding job is the best decision and you feel guilty when your hectic work schedule clashes with those amazing family times you would rather spend at your kid’s next recitation or school play.

Then you compensate yourself with the thoughts of a promising career and all it has to offer, convincing yourself it’s for the good of everyone, telling yourself this affords you the opportunity to provide your kids with the best education and every other goodies of life.

Here are a few tips on how to enjoy career fulfilment without compromising on the joy of a wonderful motherhood experience:

  1. A Super Hero needs rest too:

Every super mum needs to make time for adequate rest after a hectic week. Treat yourself to a well-deserved Spa treat, take the kids to granny’s and make out time to pamper yourself at the saloon. Hang out with friends or go on a dinner date with the boo at some of the best hotel restaurants in town. The Crockpot Restaurant located at the lobby level of the Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja offers delicious international buffet meal options.

Make a hotel reservation and indulge in a week of finesse and comfort at one of the luxury accommodations in Lagos or 5 star hotels in Abuja with the boo. By all means, keep your leisure life lit!!

  1. Do not guilt trip yourself:

Wallowing in self-pity never helped anyone, you only put yourself up for an emotional meltdown or outburst. This isn’t good for your family life and work.

Make a conscious effort to be as cheerful as possible, since you have a limited amount of time to spend with your kids daily.

This leaves you and your family members in high spirit and the kids are sure to remember their mum in a good light throughout the day.

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help:

Are you planning to take a business trip? Don’t be afraid to have a trusted friend or family member look after the kids when you have an important errand or appointment but if truly have no one to cater to kids while you are away, take advantage of the provision of domestic helps and nanny services provided by some of the best hotels in Nigeria.

Teach the kids to do certain small tasks as they grow older. This way you end up with well-trained kids and relieve yourself of certain tasks so you can concentrate on work.

  1. Set your priorities accordingly:

Learning to prioritize helps you break your workload and errands into smaller defeat-able tasks. Create little sticky notes with a priority list of things you have to do daily and tick off the most important ones.

  1. Avoid procrastination as much as you can:

Telling yourself that an important task can be left until later is just a way of heaping up more workload. Check their homework, do the kids laundry and prepare their lunch boxes for the next day.

Do the things you can as soon as you are able to, at this rate you will get things done in time to get some rest.

 

Photo credit: http://mothersandmore63.org/

 

5 Habits That Will Kill Your Entrepreneurial Dream

You have dreamt about it. You can feel it and you are already making money from the enterprise you established. All in dreams. Reality dawns on you and you wish it your dream will become reality instantly. But that is not how it works. You have to work towards achieving your dreams especially if you hope to become an entrepreneur. But you are still lounging and dreaming. This may be due to some habits that you have imbibed over time and this can stop from bring your entrepreneurial dream to fruition. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares some of these habits.

Saying it’s not the right time

You keep telling yourself that it is not the right time. When is it the right time for you to start your business? The truth is there is never a ‘right time’ to kick off anything because if you wait forever you will do nothing. Start now!

Stressing over personal finances.

This has been said time and time again. You do not need to stress too much over your personal finance because it will always be a problem. If you dream to own a business, save money, reach out to friends and investors to source for finance.

Fear of the unknown

You are very comfortable in your comfort zone and you are afraid to leave. You fear what you are going to meet out there. It is better you face this fear and take the risk. It is advisable to try and fail than not taking any action due to fear of the unknown.

Indecision

Making a decision may be difficult but you can not run away from making that decision. You should consult your mentors and other experienced individuals to sort their advice before making that decision. Whatever you decide can make or mar you. Do not worry If it turns out wrong because you have learned a lesson.

Procrastination

We all have the tendency to make excuses for postponing tasks. Do whatever you want to do and face the risk. It is difficult but you have to try.

7 Things That Shorten The Lifespan Of Your PC

Computers like other devices have a short lifespan. Your computer gets noisier, slows down, and shows error messages which are signs that something is wrong with your computer. This problem occurs when certain things happen to your computer. In line with this, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 7 things to avoid if you want your computer to last longer.

Power surges

Power surges may be as a result of lightning strikes or sudden restoration of power. This can be risky as it can damage your computer’s motherboard, lead to data loss and even your charger could explode. It is advisable you use a stabilizer.

Battery drain

This is for those that allow their batteries to run out before they charge it. Just be prepared to perhaps buy another battery if you continue with this habit.

Limited ventilation

Your computer’s fan is not there for fun. And it is no gainsaying that heat is one of the major things that can harm your computer. This will make your system perform like a snail and your battery will quickly run out within minutes. As a rule of thumb, do not block the ventilation.

Software updates

Running an outdated software on your computer will automatically make it slower. This can make you angry that you hit it in a bid to let out your frustration. This can damage your PC. To make it faster, always keep software updated.

Loose cables

Searching and fixing loose cables is one of the easiest ways to make your computer durable. Properly place or fix any external cable that may affect your system. You can start with your charger.

Dust

Allowing dust to pile up in your computer will definitely affect its performance. Dust makes it prone to overheating as it can block the ventilation. When you notice any dust, use a blower to remove the dust.

Physical damage

If your fan is bad or your screen is cracked, you should fix it as soon as possible because if you do not, the damage can affect the overall performance of your system.

 

7 Tips To Help First-time Parents Prepare Financially For A Newborn

Congratulations! In the next few months, your first piccaninny will be in your hands. You will be unable to control your joy and of course, you have thought of different things you will do for your newborn. This is why preparing for a baby takes a lot of work, planning, and energy. For your plans to come to fruition, you need money. So, whether you are a first time parent or planning to have one in the future, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares ways to financially prepare for a newborn especially if you are having a baby for the first time.

Start saving

Having a baby means that your financial responsibilities are about to double or triple. The best way to cushion the effect or impact of this is to start saving. Do not wait until you see your wife’s protruding belly before you start.

Set up a baby fund

Some banks have packages for customers who want to establish a baby fund. You only need to approach them. Tell them to deduct a certain percentage from your account at the end of the month for your baby fund. If you like, it can be a joint account.

Adjust your budget

A budget is the ultimate way to check your spending. With a new member coming into your family, you have to overhaul your budget to accommodate or reflect the changes. Check your budget again and again and remove non-essential items you do not need. Do this with your better half.

Figure out your income

When you have a baby, it doesn’t mean your income will increase. Will you work more jobs to earn more income? Even if the income is enough, how do you intend to assign the money so that it can go round? Remember that there are other responsibilities besides having your baby.

Review your spending

After you get married, you have to streamline your spending. There is no room for extravagance. Even if this is the case before you had a baby, you have to stop after having a baby. This doesn’t mean you should live below the line.

Keep your baby purchases in check

There is the tendency that you may want to spend so much on your baby whether they need whatever you are buying or not because you are excited. Do not make this mistake, buy things that are important and essential for their upkeep. Other things can come later.

Do not throw a lavish christening

We love parties in Nigeria and we love to celebrate everything. If you have to celebrate the christening of your child, it has to be in moderation. There is no need to go all out.

 

7 Reasons Nigerians ‘Love’ iPhone

iPhone and Android-operated have been around for awhile and there has been this raging about which is better. Even Nigerians are not exempted from this debate. Funny enough, you will find Android users if given the chance will ditch their Android for iPhone. That is the love Nigerians have for iPhone even if they cannot afford it. But the problem here is that their love is not based on an informed point of view because there are many Android phones that are far better than the iPhone. Regardless, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares reasons why Nigerians love iPhone.

They just like iOS better than Android

Some Nigerians just like the iOS than Android because of what they have heard over time about iPhone. Thanks to the solid and strong Public Relations machine of Apple. They have made us believe that there are no other phones that are better than the iPhone. This is wrong. You have Samsung Galaxy S7, Huawei Nexus 6P, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and HTC 10.

iPhones support all of the apps you want

Almost all the apps you want is available on iPhone. So, whatever app you are using and is important to you, you will definitely find is on iPhone. In addition, there are a variety of helpful apps you will have access to.

 iPhone are durable

Should we say iPhone is overhyped? True. The reputation that Apple makes quality and stylish Phones is in our faces. Granted, iPhone may last longer but it does not mean that Android phones are not durable. iPhone and Android phones can last longer. It only depends on the manufacturer. We can all see how Samsung is competing strongly with iPhone.

iPhones are compatible with other Apple devices

iPhone works perfectly with other Apple devices including MacBook and iWatch. The connection is seamless. But it is a torrid time if you are attempting to connect your Android phone with a MacBook or an iPhone.

iPhone is immune from virus and malware

Many believe that iPhone cannot be infected by virus and malware. This is actually not true.  The fact is iOS apps can still be infected with malware and virus especially when you use unsecured Wi-Fi networks to download apps. Due to this, many Nigerians love and prefer the iPhone.

iPhones have better resale value

This is a major reason why Nigerians love iPhone. No matter how poorly used your iPhone appears, it will still sell for a good price than some Android phone.

To Show off

Being able to afford an iPhone means you have a deep pocket. The cost price of iPhone is as much as N400,000. Even if you are using a fairly used iPhone, people will still have the same perception.

Top Restaurants to Dine in Abuja

The capital city of Nigeria is fast assuming the status of a mega city like its rival city Lagos, attracting tons of expatriates, industrialists, and government officials due to rapid expansions and a sizeable number of ongoing developmental projects. Ultra-Modern structures, world class hotels, and restaurants can be seen springing up in the Federal Capital Territory.

Abuja has become one of the top cities to look forward to during trips, as it boasts of one of the world’s best culinary experience. Get a taste of local Nigerian Cuisine and various continental dishes at some the best restaurants in town.

Are you planning to visit the capital city, a list of some of the best restaurants to visit and treat yourself to mouth-watering meals during your stay in Abuja has been put together just for you.

  1. Oriental Restaurant:

The Oriental Restaurant in Transcorp Hilton Abuja is frequented by businessmen and socialites alike, spend some time feasting on Oriental cuisine, Thai fare, and Mongolian specialties amidst a number of classy cuisine buffs. Housed in one of the 5-star hotels in Nigeria, the restaurant has become a favourite amongst locals and business guests. A themed buffet is usually organized on selected evening, enjoy a perfect dining experience in this tastefully furnished restaurant on your next trip to Abuja.

Papillion Restaurant: A visit to the Federal Capital Territory will be incomplete without a trying out an Al Fresco dining at the Papillion Restaurant in Sheraton Hotel Abuja. The restaurant offers amazing meal options in a scenic garden setting. It is one of the best buffet restaurants in the city which offers a blend of African and international cuisines. The Arabian-themed buffet organized every Thursday night is worth trying out.

  1. Tulip Bistro:

Tulip Bistro is fast becoming a favourite for casual dates and intimate parties. The restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy excellent meals in Abuja. Treat yourself to juicy lamb chops with grilled or mashed potatoes, delicious cakes, tarts and sandwiches as well as excellent Fettucini Alfredo.

  1. Woks and Koi:

Woks and Koi is an upscale contemporary styled restaurant in Abuja which offers an assortment of excellent Asian cuisine.  Enjoy an exquisite dining experience in a restaurant with bespoke artworks while feasting on steamed Dumplings or Shredded Calamari with green pepper sauce.

  1. The Nile Place Restaurant and Lounge:

The restaurant offers value for your money and an unforgettable dining experience. Both local and international dishes are served, the classy interior complemented by contemporary artworks is just perfect for a date night with friends or a business date. The Moroccan section of the restaurant provides Shisha, flanked by rugs, low chairs and throw pillows, the atmosphere is perfect for a cozy time out with loved ones.

These restaurants are just a few of the many amazing places to wine and dine during your stay in Abuja. What could be better than enjoying fine dining and finding the perfect and most affordable accommodation in Abuja on your next visit, check out the list of 5-star accommodation and cheap hotels in Abuja only on Jumia Travel.