Author Archives: Billy Kirsch

CSR Team Building Goals

Much has been debated about CSR – corporate social responsibility. The debate is not about whether CSR is worthwhile. The debate’s about how it’s handled. Do companies walk the walk or just pay lip service to CSR? CSR team building can help integrate corporate social responsibility into your company culture. If you want to embark on a team building program to help bring the corporate social responsibility concept to life, the first step is to think about your CSR team building goals. CSR Team Building Goals I believe the most important of all CSR team building goals is to provide a program that enables your workforce to experience the personal satisfaction that comes from helping others. Here’s a personal example.Continue Reading

Three Corporate Team Bonding Ideas

Here are three corporate team bonding ideas taken from my eBook, Every Day Team Building. But before I share the specific exercises with you I need to address terminology. Being a creative type, I’m not usually a literal kind of guy. And I often use the term team building and team bonding interchangeably. You know what? I’m going to continue to do so. But to explain the difference for those of you who love your terminology; Team Building refers to forming new teams and describes the process working groups go through, typically outlined as Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing. Team Bonding refers to groups that are already built and want to spend time together for a tune-up, to celebrate successContinue Reading

Washington DC Team Building

Last week I had the pleasure of working with a large medical association, leading them through their Washington DC team building activity. The group was made up of a high performing team that plans meetings and events for one of the largest associations out there. Pardon the pun, but my task was to provide the team with a tune-up. Our group songwriting process enables teams to recharge, and diffuse tension that builds up over time. Even the best working teams need tune-ups from time to time. Washington DC Team Building Goals Recharge a high performing team Restate goals and share best practices Open better lines of communication Celebrate all that’s been accomplished When we help groups create songs around theContinue Reading

Keynote Presenters To Hire This Year

So you’ve been told it’s your job to research the keynote presenters to hire for this year’s event. It’s a big wide world out there; so where do you start? This article is a good place as it highlights some important things you need to know to ensure you’ll be successful in your search. Understanding your audience and your meeting objectives are crucial to matching the plethora of choices of keynote presenters to hire with your audience. Consider David Hutchens My friend David Hutchens is brilliant, and in an accessible and engaging way. I recently co-presented a speech with David at the ASTD International Conference. It was fun for us, and most importantly fun for the audience. But I useContinue Reading

The Best Creative Team Building Activities

I know, I know…I’m asking for trouble by titling a blog post, ‘the best’. But I believe creative team building activities are the best. Because it’s hard to be half-way in a creative activity. You can fake it when you’re repeating things, but it’s hard to fake it when you’re actually creating things. Your senses and your emotions are engaged as an integral part of any creative process. Change and Creative Team Building Activities Let’s talk about change. It’s invigorating and inspiring. It never ceases to amaze me how much more efficient I am after a vacation, even a long weekend with a change of scene. I’ll be back at my desk getting a week’s worth of work done inContinue Reading

5 Group Activities Using Music

Music, the common denominator for many of us, is a great way to engage your team. The possibilities for group activities using music are as endless as your imagination. Team building continues to be important for success and using music as a team building exercise can be very powerful. Music has the ability to help working groups break through the hierarchical corporate setup that often inhibits great teamwork. Group Activities Using Music – Do It Yourself Not the same old karaoke Yes, you will need an instrumental(karaoke) track for this. But you don’t need to be knee deep in happy hour to make this work. Using a well-known melody and several flip charts, you can brainstorm around a specific theme. MaybeContinue Reading

How Singing Energizers Get Your Group Excited

What is it about music that makes us want to get up and dance around? How does music take something that’s boring and make it fun and exciting? Why does the wrong music ruin a scene in a movie? I was thinking about all this when I stumbled upon an article about how music affects our emotions. The power of music to affect us is a key ingredient to my conference energizers, which in fact are singing energizers… Music Affects Your Mood Certain aromas and smells can take us back to a moment we experienced years ago – The scent of fall leaves in the air takes me right back to the front yard of the house I grew upContinue Reading

Team Building Activities

My assignment for today is general and I don’t like that. Team Building Activities is a broad term, almost too broad to elicit the kind of thought and emotion that inspires creative process. So I thought I’d take today’s blog assignment of ‘team building activities’ and use the challenge to show how we create team building songs with our clients. Creative Inspiration and Team Building Activities Our passion here at Kidbilly Music is helping people harness their innate creative ability to enhance their daily lives. Creative process involves experimentation, trial and error. There are creative team building activities like Lego play that allow groups to be creative while exploring their organizational experience. There’s also Team Building Through Song®. The teamContinue Reading

The Team Building Presentation You Want

This is sort of a paradox to me, the concept of a team building presentation. You see, I’m not a big fan of presentations as such. I get fidgety easily. I want to be engaged and entertained. But during a typical team building presentation I’m usually merely a passive recipient of information. I confess, I titled this blog post The Team Building Presentation You Want to suck you in and then tell you this…what you don’t want for team building is a presentation! The Team Building Presentation You Don’t Want Have you ever had to sit through a colleague’s presentation that went sort of like this, “Ladies and gentleman I’ve done some research, stayed up all night and created thisContinue Reading

Teambuilding Music

When most people think of teambuilding music they think of songs they can use for motivation, conference programming or background music. But teambuilding music is also the foundation of several well regarded event and training programs. Whether you’re using well-known songs to enhance your programming, or creating your own songs through a team building exercise, it’s worth your time to think about the value of music and how you’ll use it. Teambuilding Music For Mood And Motivation My wife and I went to a retirement event last weekend for a friend of ours. Whoever put the slide show together did a fantastic job of choosing the music. During the opening segment, as pictures of our friend as a child flashedContinue Reading