Over the last 15 years, I have worked with 100s of fortune 500 companies helping them build and bond effective teams. This is done with a unique blend of offsite interactive events and in-house focused learning workshops. One of the things that always intrigues me is observing the power of the introvert in any team. In her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t stop talking, Susan Cain says that one in three people are introverts. That means 30% of any team
Barcelona is a great MICE destination, and it’s one you can’t afford to miss out on. Nestled in a bright Mediterranean climate and bursting with cool hotels, tasty restaurants, and stellar activities, Barcelona is more than a spring break getaway or a summer holiday destination. In the world of meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (or MICE), the city represents an opportunity for an unforgettable work experience—put simply, Barcelona is a great MICE destination,
As far as attracting talent goes, there is no better backdrop than Barcelona. An international hub that hums with energy, Barcelona’s fast-growing startup scene, low cost of living, and cultural hotspots make this city one of the most ideal places to live and work in the world. Internationally recognized for having a high quality of life, Barcelona is currently attracting talent in droves. The influx of new employees from outside Spain is a direct result of the industries tha
July the 8th saw the culmination of 6 months of hard work as LifestyleDMC collaborated with Spain’s number 1 online fashion retailer Privalia to organise their 3rd annual “Mercado Solidario”, a charity event which has become a feature in the Privalia calendar. This is a full day of selling some of the top of the line fashion items at amazing prices with all of the proceeds going to charity. The chosen charity was UNICEF who were also present at the event to create awareness f
Last week I had the privilege of attending an intimate private dinner with my forum group, which is a group of 9 Spanish-based entrepreneurs working in industries such as fashion, telecommunications, transportation, meetings & conferences, technology and automotive. The group meets together to share ideas, insights and experiences in order to help each other grow personally and professionally. The dinner was one of a series of “Learnings” that are organised throughout the yea
Last month LifestyleDMC flew to Dubai to take part in the International M&I Forum, this platform is organised to allow buyers and suppliers of the event industry to meet and share ideas, insights, best practices and good old fashioned networking. The event was attended by over 400 people from all over Europe. The meeting was expertly organised and saw us attending 60 face to face meetings with qualified buyers in 4 days. After the event, a survey was carried out to allow the
Over the past 15 years of our experience in the events industry, we’ve been working hard to give businesses and visitors unrivaled access to Barcelona through our exclusive partners and services. As our company has grown over this time, we have been providing more and more exciting opportunities to bigger and prestigious names; making us into the number one source for destination management services and events in Barcelona. It’s with much elation then, that we announce the ex
Barcelona Terrace week starts today 30th May. What a wonderful initiative to encourage locals and tourists to visit different parts of the city and see views of Barcelona that would normally escape us.
Many hotels have splendid terraces, offer splendid views and exclusive ambiances. Now is your chance to visit as many of them as you can in just 8 days! There is also an instagram competition for the best “sweet shots” of the city.
We have visited several terrace in the city
We are proud to present you that on the 17th of May 2014 Crazy Games Barcelona officially will be launched. This type of teambuilding activity is The games are based on the popular BBC It´s a Knockout TV show.These games are perfectly suitable for corporate activities as well as stag and hen parties. The teams will have to compete in several crazy games, it will be a day full of adrenaline, belly laughs and competition. It will take about three and a half hours to accomplish
Recently I read that the largest cruise ship in the world will move its home base to Barcelona from 2015 giving a boost of almost €30 million to the port and the city as a whole. I reflected on what a wonderful job Barcelona has done in re-inventing itself year on year whilst remaining true to it´s values of creativity, beauty, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. 2014 marks our 11th anniversary of offering unique and creative events for the international and local corpora
Barcelona is trendy, dynamic, cosmopolitan and above all it is positioning itself on the world map of fashion. The city is becoming more and more international and has quality to offer on the field of internationalization, training and business. With big exhibitions like the STS, Cosmobelleza and Denim by PV, Barcelona yearly attracts thousands of fashion fans from all over the world. With each exhibition focusing on different aspects there is no need to be worried about seei
From summer 2015 Barcelona will welcome the innovative cruise ship Allure of the Seas, from then it will call the port of Barcelona its home. The famous cruise ship with a length of 362.5 meters is about 50 millimeters longer than its sister ship Oasis of the Seas. With a capacity of 5,400 passengers this ship will be of true value for Barcelona and Europe. After staying in Fort Lauderdale for five years the Royal Caribbean International ship will continue its journey. It wil
Last week we enjoyed one of the newest experiences for teambuilding in Barcelona this year. We went to visit our partners providing the FlyBoard Experience. We have been researching this activity for the last few months and it has received great reviews in Barcelona, so as with all of our experiences, we aim to try them all out so that we know they will be suitable for you!!
We left the office in high spirits on a sunny Friday afternoon and on arrival at the port we were sti
We continue with our section “Barcelona Personalities” and this time we are pleased to share an interview with Jose Manuel Villaneuva (known as JM to his friends), a co-founder of Privalia, the online fashion group. “Thank you for coming so early, it´s only 8.30. It´s just I´m rarely here, so I try to spend as much time with my team as possible.” Seriously? It was a privilege to get an invitation to Privalia´s headquarter and be able to talk to Jose Manuel despite his busy s
Last week I was delighted to take a special group of Spanish entrepreneurs on a team bonding trip to Warsaw Poland. The weather was not always in our favour but the electric atmosphere and the scintillating conversation inspired by this forum group was enough to heat up any cold day! We at lifestyleDMC, specialise in organising team-building, teambonding and incentive trips for some of the largest companies in the world. The aims of the trips could be a product launch, a new
Dear Friends, This year we celebrate our 10th anniversary of offering amazing experiences and creating fabulous events in Barcelona. It has been a fun packed first 10 years in which we have seen the industry change and morph according to the times. Imagine, social media did not exist when we began (are we that old?). We could not have imagined a platform which allowed us to interact with our clients in the way we do now. Today without a blog, facebook account or twitter feed
On the 8th of June we will be organising an annual Regatta event for one of Spanish’s largest software companies. The event will involve flying the guests in from 7 different companies, welcoming them at the airport before bringing them to a five star hotel in the centre of Barcelona. The program involves a series of intense meetings followed by VIP lunches and dinners and some of the most exclusive restaurants in Barcelona. The climax of the program will be the 2012 Regatta
We tactfully steered away from the politics and religion as tempting as it was to engage, we opted to stick with topics that would leave us more enlightened and open to a further exchange of ideas, contacts, and maybe even business. The initiative was the brainchild of Timo Buetefisch and Guillermo Gaspart. Some of the people present on this auspicious occasion were, Timo Buetefisch CEO Cooltra Motors, Professor Conor Neill Entrepreneur and Communication Skills Expert, Tony
Whether you are coming to Barcelona for a holiday with your friends or family or you want to enjoy the city with some colleagues from your company, you shouldn’t satisfy with the minimum. Would you like the feeling of getting out of your hotel and finding a fleet of historic cars to pick up you and your group? Everybody on the street is gazing at you and taking pictures of the amazingly eye-catching cars and wondering if you are some kind of celebrities. The cars move swiftly
As the events, meetings and incentive market in Spain becomes more and more homogenous, the role of a DMC is often overlooked. Nowadays, it seems that one may well be excused for confusing a hotel concierge with a DMC. Many DMC´s in Barcelona work very hard to maintain a high level of service to their clients. We are often like the pilot of long haul passenger plane, for the duration of the journey you may hear but never see us, if you hit turbulence along the way, thank goo