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

Using Music As Energizers

I’ve recently noticed an uptick in the number of conferences and group events that are looking for an energizer to get their attendees focused and ready to go. So I thought I’d explain how we’re using music as energizers at Kidbilly Music. A Conference Needs An Energizer The first question to answer is why a conference needs an energizer of any kind. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.  – Carl Jung. Most of us plan conferences to achieve some type of transformation – an exchange of energy and forward movement. If you choose a great conference energizer, you’ll be well on your way toward achievingContinue Reading

Songs And Activities That Teach Team Building

While my company’s team building programs are a great catalyst for change we’re honest about something very important. A one day team building program won’t change your corporate culture for the long run. To make change last you need to integrate songs and activities that teach team building into your ongoing business culture. Songs And Activities That Teach Team Building Here’s a good summary of differences between facilitated team building and activities you can lead yourself at any time. If you’re hiring a team building company it’s important to establish your goals before you dig into what kind of team building you want to do. Aligning your goals with your program is vital. For DIY team building you don’t needContinue Reading

Team Building Chicago

I’m so excited that the opening of our Kidbilly Music Chicago office is almost upon us. The timing’s perfect as a follow up to the great experience we had at the recent Choose Chicago event in which we presented team building Chicago program offerings. The reception we got was so enthusiastic. In response to the questions we received from Chicago event planners, I thought I’d share some answers about our music team building programming below. Team Building Chicago Program Offerings Team Building Through Song® anchors our range of programs. Everything we do revolves around music, song, story and organizational engagement. Every organization has a story to tell. We help our clients create meaningful messages about the work they do andContinue Reading

Corporate Team Building Exercises You Can Try

How would you like to get your team inspired and more comfortable in the workplace? Corporate team building exercises are a great way to get people to relate to each other in a relaxed way. And the best team building exercises will inspire your workforce to be more engaged and innovative. Fun Corporate Team Building Exercises Fun = Engagement. When we’re having fun, we’re disarmed, not thinking too hard – we’re in the moment. I don’t think a team building exercise without fun is effective. When we facilitate our musical team building programs, our clients always begin with trepidation. As hit songwriters we’re comfortable making music and brainstorming. We begin our session already warmed up. But we know the participantsContinue Reading