Fear Of Public Speaking

A while back I wrote an article on how to be a better public speaker. But after an event I was at last week, it’s occurred to me that for many of us, before we can focus on how to be a better speaker, we may have to conquer our abject fear of public speaking. There’s a great Seinfeld quote that summarizes how deep this fear goes, “According to most studies, people’s No. 1 fear is public speaking. No. 2 is death. Death is No. 2. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than delivering the eulogy.” Ha, I love that and it holds truth…Continue Reading

Midwest Team Building Activities

By early February, those of us who are not Midwestern natives usually question why we moved here. After digging out of a few snowstorms, and remembering the warm places we used to live, the Midwest winters can seem overwhelming. But despite the cold, there is something wonderful and alluring about Midwestern life. Even the large Midwestern cities have small town sensibilities. There’s a laid back attitude and friendliness that’s woven into Midwest culture and I love that. Perhaps Midwest team building activities should reflect some of this culture. The ethos of Midwest team building activities Be real, stay grounded, do something relatable. Those are the kind of qualities my clients look for when they’re planning midwest team building activities. It’s…Continue Reading

How To Build A Successful Team

Have you ever done a google search for, how to build a successful team? I have and the results are endless. Most articles tend to follow similar themes; being aware of how you work and making sure to delegate. Most leaders want to develop a high performing team, but are not sure how to do just that. Here are some thoughts and steps you can take to better understand how to build a successful team. Start With Questions Why is each person here? If you were to look around at the people in your office would you be able to say each person’s name and explain what they do? If not, you might need to add that to your list…Continue Reading

The Best 2015 Team Building Activity

The search for the best 2015 team building activity may require a few more minutes than you’d hoped. But spending extra time searching for the best program will be well worth it. When you find a good fit for your company, your investment in team building will be rewarded. To kick-start your search, check out this great resource. Below, I’ve outlined what you should keep in mind as you look for the best 2015 team building activity for your crew. The Best 2015 Team Building Activity There is no single end-all, be-all ‘best’ program to choose from since in the real world, best is subjective. So start with the steps below to narrow down your search to a few ‘bests’……Continue Reading

Corporate Team Building 2015

Last year we began the New Year with February on sale. It was a great success so we’re doing it again. I know you’re looking for great ideas for corporate team building 2015 and we want to help. Book a Team Building Through Song® program for your February event and we’ll take 10% off our regular 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’re stuck planning your company’s team building this year, we’ll make you look like a hero with your team. Then you can hang out with a hit songwriter for a personal coaching session. Corporate Team Building 2015 We like to get…Continue Reading

Creative Icebreakers and Energizers

We’re tired of the same ole thing…yawn We’re looking for creative icebreakers and energizers… Everyone’s on their smartphones the entire time… Agreed, me too. I’m tired of the dread I feel when I have to attend a conference, praying I won’t be too bored by the speaker. At corporate conferences, every aspect of an agenda is vital since valuable time and resources are spent to help an organization achieve it’s goals. Agendas are packed with presentations that run the gamut from showcasing new strategic plans to parsing through old data. It’s easy for your workforce to succumb to date overload, boredom or fatigue during a corporate conference. And that’s the last thing you want. Given that context, creative icebreakers and…Continue Reading

Team Building Ideas for 2015

I’ve seen a large uptick lately for requests for team building ideas for 2015. It may surprise you, but corporations like to jump start the new year with resolutions and renewed goals, much like we do in our personal lives. One of the concerns I hear from perspective clients is about the need to re-energize and inspire their workforce for the year ahead. I love the fact that more and more companies are recognizing the need to focus on employee engagement and enthusiasm, as a part of their overall strategy. If you’re looking for great team building ideas for 2015, focus on a program that will motivate and engage everyone on your team. Finding a great fit can be a…Continue Reading

How To Be More Creative

Let’s demystify what may seem like a difficult challenge, how to be more creative. First demystification; creativity is not a thing, as in person, place or thing (noun). If my mom’s reading this, and she usually does read my blog posts, then I’m already in trouble. Because technically, ‘creativity’ is a noun. But if you think of being creative as a given thing that you either possess or lack, then you’ll doom yourself to creative failure. We’re all inherently creative and we all have the ability to get better at using our creative powers. Don’t tell yourself you’re just not creative. That would be a lie and it’s not fun to lie to yourself. Read on and get some tips…Continue Reading

Scary Team Building

It’s Halloween so I thought I’d talk about the monster that is scary team building. It’s real and it’s out there all year, not just on Halloween. I love this article with 10 horrifying team building experiences. These scary team building ideas make me laugh, mostly because I can’t believe someone actually planned them for their team. You wouldn’t be laughing if you had to partake in team building like this, but these cautionary tales are entertaining. I often hear from prospective clients that the don’t like team building, and they’re skeptical that the experience can be either fun or valuable. I guess this guy below was in charge of their previous team building programs. Scary, intimidating, uncomfortable; It doesn’t…Continue Reading

How To Be Successful In The Music Industry

If you’ve found this post you’re probably wondering how to be successful in the music industry. I hope you’re not looking for a magic formula; there isn’t one. Oddly enough, or not so oddly, tips for success in music are very similar to tips for success at anything. So it seems right to start with common sense tips that apply universally. And then I’ll share some of what I’ve gleaned after a few decades of success as a pianist and hit songwriter. Okay; this joke is so old I shouldn’t share it. But it’s so right that it needs to live on so here it is, just in case you haven’t already seen this one. A tourist stopped a passerby…Continue Reading