Author Archives: Billy Kirsch

Ingredients Of The 5 Best Team Building Programs

Can anyone really pick the five best of anything? I don’t believe there is a static ‘top five best team building programs’ list. But I believe there are five very important attributes the best team building programs share. If you choose a program with the best attributes or features, then you’ll get great results. One year you might decide to use music for team building and the next year you might decide to take your team up a mountain. The success of these programs, and your ROI, are determined by who’s facilitating and how well the activity is structured to your team’s needs. 5 Things The Best Team Building Programs Have in Common Disruption: Routine works best when it’s new.…

Music Team Building Activities

It’s kinda obvious that our company is all about music team building activities. But my clients often ask me how and why I transitioned from writing hit songs to leading Team Building Through Song®. It’s a great question and the answer is; it was all a happy accident. Much of the world’s best creative output is based on happy accidents. Creative people love to experiment, they love to take chances and they love to go down roads marked, do not enter. While I don’t think of myself as a risk-taker type of personality, I guess the thing with me is that I tend not to let the risks stop me from proceeding. And proceed is just what I did about…

Time Off To Innovate

The following post was written by Tony nominated songwriter, Lauren Lucas. Lauren is our CRD (chief razzler dazzler). Has your boss ever told you that they’d like to pay you to slow down and take time off every week just for thinking? Mine has. In fact, it caught me so off guard that I actually pushed back and argued that I needed to be working more. Perhaps it should also be noted that I may not be the brightest crayon in the box. Kidbilly Music is a small company, so a small number of people wear a lot of different hats. Our President and founder, Billy Kirsch, likes to refer to our corporate culture as a “Malarkey-archy,” which is a…

Team Building London 2014

Talk about visioning. Last fall my team set a goal to bring our team building with music program to Europe in 2014. Next week, Shevy Smith and myself are headed across the pond for a team building London event. There are lots of team building providers in London, so why bring us several thousand miles to lead a program? I asked myself the same question. The answer revolves around story – your story. Team Building London, Why… Your story is unique. Your story is important. Your story is your differentiator, your culture maker and your incubator. The most memorable stories are part fact, part legend, part emotion and part vision. As a songwriter, my job is that of a musical…

Corporate Hierarchy and Malarkyarchy

The first time I met with my new inbound marketing consultants, Digital Firefly Marketing I was immediately struck by something. No unnecessary corporate hierarchy here. When we meet, my project manager and the company president are obviously at ease with each other and this leads to positive interaction and free exchange of creative ideas. This kind of environment puts me at ease and beyond that, stimulates my own creative thinking. Most companies talk about their innovative qualities or their initiatives to become more innovative. But too many companies are just talking the talk. Small companies, like Digital Firefly or my own company, Kidbilly Music, need to be genuinely innovative to thrive. Corporate Hierarchy and Malarky-archy In order to be innovative…

The Best Conference Energizers

Conference energizers are important. They’re not just fluff and they shouldn’t be an afterthought. Choosing the best conference energizers for your programming is vital. If you’re going to dedicate both time and money to any portion of your conference, then it deserves thought and planning. The Best Conference Energizers Iowa State University has a page on the school website about Energizers, Icebreakers & Teambuilders. I think it’s fantastic that this is page worthy on a university website. They describe energizers as activities that re-energize a team that’s dragging. In the corporate environment, a division or a team that’s dragging is a liability. I lead programs at a lot of conferences in which the primary conference objective is to instill an…

Our New York Team Building Event

I love writing posts for our news category because I get to share my enthusiasm when I’m fresh off a program. Last week’s New York Team Building event for Unilever IT Business Partners was fun. Additionally, it was productive. It was a positive surprise for everyone who took part. We braved a fierce snow storm and re-arranged flights, allowing flexibility to make sure we didn’t leave New York until we’d written some team building songs! New York Team Building Goals Fun – Fun is not frivolous. Quite to the contrary, fun has value. Picture yourself having fun…in that picture, are you bored? Fun and boredom are antithetical. When we establish fun as a baseline we’re guaranteeing engagement (opposite of boredom).…

The Best 2014 Team Building Activity

Finding the best 2014 team building activity will take you a few minutes. But it’s time well spent, and will increase the value of your investment in team building. An article on free team building resources is a good place to start the brainstorming process. If you click the preceeding link you’ll see many ways to use teambuilding. And once your head starts spinning please read below. I’m going to attempt to help you through the decision making process. This should better position you to choose a team building activity that’s a great fit for you company this year. The Best 2014 Team Building Activity If I told you there was one best program to choose from, it would be…

Corporate Team Building 2014

Here’s a trend we’d like to set for corporate team building 2014: February’s on sale – at least here at Kidbilly Music! Book a Team Building Through Song® program for your February event and we’ll take 10% off our regular event fees. AND after your company event, we’ll treat you to a personal songwriting session via Skype with one of our hit songwriters! If you picked the short straw in your staff meeting and you’re now rushing around trying to find team building for your company’s upcoming February event we’ll bail you out and make you look like a hero. Corporate Team Building 2014 Here’s why we’re making our February corporate team building 2014 offer. We like to get messy, we like to…

Team Building Programs In Nashville

With the opening of the Music City Center in 2013, the popularity of the ABC TV show “Nashville”, and Nashville’s storied history as an incubator for great music, I’ve noticed a marked increase in inquiries from diverse clients across the globe who are coming to Nashville to work, engage and play. In fact, while our music team building programs have grown by 50 percent this year worldwide, we’ve doubled the number of team building programs in Nashville this year over last. Although I’m partial to our own interactive programs, if you’re planning a meeting in Music City, you’ll want to know about all the best team building programs in Nashville.  Consider your options so you can find the best fit…