Author Archives: Billy Kirsch

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…Continue Reading

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).…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

2014 Team Building Activities in Chicago

For any of you who’s turn it is to plan your company’s team building program, there’s no place like the Windy City. Here are some great 2014 Team Building Activities in Chicago. They’re all indoor team building activities, so you can come to Chicago before the spring thaw…it does look like it’s going to be a cold winter. One of my foundational requirements for any team building program is fun. Two things that don’t go together are fun and boredom. You can’t be bored and be having fun at the same time. Fun = In the Moment. Fun = Engagement. And that’s an excellent starting place for successful team building. The trick is to find programs that are inherently fun…Continue Reading

Team Building Exercises For Small Teams

In October I wrote about team building exercises for large teams. So I thought for a second that for this blog post on team building exercises for small teams, I could simply take my old blog post and replace the word large with small and be done! Just kidding. But kidding as a way to illustrate that there really are differences between large group programs and team building exercises for small teams. Small teams have challenges related to their dynamic – team members will most likely interact quite often. But this interaction holds the promise of great reward and accomplishment, once a team has learned to work well together. Team Building Exercises For Small Teams Small teams should engage in some…Continue Reading

Corporate Event Ideas For 2014

The first of my corporate event ideas for 2014 is to simply say, please have an event. There’s intangible, yet real, value in getting people together. Ok…phew…you’ve decided to have a meeting. Now I can share some specific thoughts about corporate event ideas you should consider for 2014. Corporate Event Ideas For 2014 Unstructured Time is important. When we’re kids we have lots of unstructured time. Or at least we should. When we’re young, play time is work time. Lots of learning and development takes place. Guess what? Lots of learning and development can take place during unstructured time during your corporate event. As I roam the globe eavesdropping on cocktail conversation at corporate events, I’ve noticed that even casual…Continue Reading

Corporate Team Building Events in New York City

We recently led a corporate team building event at one of the Abigail Kirsch Catering locations in New York. Of all their locations, Pier 60 is my personal favorite for corporate team building events in New York City. Pier 60 overlooks the Hudson River. In fact it’s right on the river with spectacular views. I travel the US and the world facilitating my team building with music program. And I always try to find a local connection wherever we work. It’s fun to lean toward the blues in Chicago or country music in the south. And for New York…it’s such a melting pot that anything goes. Corporate Team Building Events – NYC Row New York offers corporate team building events…Continue Reading

How You Know You Need A Team Builder

Bad day at work. Another bad day at work. Followed by a bad day at work. It could be a personal problem. Or it could mean your organization needs a team builder. We’re all aware of the momentum sports teams have. There’s an intangible confidence, creativity and energy when a team’s in the zone. And conversely, when a team needs a team builder, or a tune up, there’s a lack of confidence, creativity and energy. When A Team Builder When teams are performing at a high level, each team member functions well at his or her individual job, showing initiative and energy. Each person then partners with team members as everyone compliments and supports each other – the whole is…Continue Reading