Often times when working with the lead for one of our charity team building workshops, we find that there is a desire to surprise the participants. The thought is that it will serve as a fun ‘reveal’ when team members come into a room to find they will be putting together bikes or care packages, wagons with toys or wheelchairs. For many wondering what this secret happening that is next on the agenda, it is a happy thing to see there isn’t just another information workshop. The realization that the next couple of hours will be about giving back is refreshing. However, this must be well thought out. As a charity team building veteran, I’ve seen some pitfalls that can cause the surprise to backfire. I offer here a few nuggets of experience to consider as you prepare to for your company’s next corporate team building event. I hope this helps to make your workshop an even better.