How To Write A Hit Song

John Cashman and his team at Digital Firefly Marketing asked me to provide a story line for an infographic and I’m so glad they did. It forced me to distill the essence of the songwriting process into something simple, including steps you can follow to write your own song. Check this infographic, How To Write A Hit Song, for what I hope will inspire you to at begin or continue your songwriting journey. And below are steps you can take to do some real work, have some real fun, and hopefully create a song you’ll be proud of. How To Write A Hit Song First of all, no one really knows what a hit song is, until it becomes aContinue Reading

Corporate Team Building In Chicago

It’s early July and I have a light jacket on, sitting on the back porch of our new home in Chicago. As I sip a glass of wine in the company of my wife Julie and our dog Lucy, I’m thinking to myself, ‘There’s so much corporate team building in Chicago…’ That may seem strange to you, but here’s some context; the opportunities in Chicago are part of the reason I’m enjoying this cool July evening. After a fun run as a hit songwriter based in the warmer climes of Nashville, I morphed into this current adventure we call Team Building Through Song®. And as this dynamic corporate team building program grew exponentially, I set my sights north as anContinue Reading

Large Group Team Building That Works

I got the kind of phone call this morning that I love. A client referred someone to us, saying that our large group team building program actually worked, as if that should be a shock…But I understand why people are surprised. It’s hard to find large group team building activities that engage everyone in a fun and inclusive way. There are two basic choices on how to approach your team building challenge; keep your large group together or break into smaller teams. Both choices are fun and effective. Agenda time and budget may dictate which route you go. Large Group Team Building Challenges Stay Together… There are interactive keynote sessions that function as team builders. We get large groups outContinue Reading

Interactive Keynote with Billy Kirsch & Darden Smith

What if you just showed up… Award winning songwriters, performers and interactive keynote speakers, Billy Kirsch and Darden Smith have spent their entire careers showing up; sometimes with success, sometimes with failure, but never with indifference! In this highly engaging and productive musical presentation Darden and Billy share the path to their successes and the wisdom gained from failure. Through music, story, and humor, you’ll learn how to be your authentic self more fully and to bring yourself to work with positive results.           Engagement, or the lack of it, is a hot topic in the corporate world. Organizations are increasingly aware of the importance of having an engaged workforce – A workforce made up ofContinue Reading

Great Creative Team Building Ideas

Hmm…I need some great creative team building ideas…do you have any? I get that question all time since I live in the team building arena. And my answer revolves around big picture thinking, rather than suggesting specific programs. I do have some specific favorites, but I think it’s important that you think big picture first. Once you understand what you’re after conceptually, it’s easier to find creative team building ideas you can bring to your workforce. So why creativity? Why should you care? How will it improve your bottom line? I’ll tell you why, if you keep reading! The Ideas Behind Creative Team Building Ideas Why creativity? Have you ever had a problem…of course you have. Do you have aContinue Reading

Team Trust Building Ideas for 2014

Having access to great team trust building ideas is vital since team trust building is a valuable and necessary component to every successful team’s strategy. Although your team is centered around business, interpersonal relationship building is important. Trust is a foundational element that all high performing teams share and building trust takes time and commitment. It requires open communication and respect, all traits that come with shared experience. In order to build trust you need to allow yourself to rely on other people within your team. When you rely on someone and they come through for you, the seeds of trust are planted. The more you do this the more team performance improves. The best team trust building ideas includeContinue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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 aboutContinue Reading

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 aContinue Reading