How To Improve Communication Skills

Helping groups understand how to improve communication skills is an integral part of the work we do at Kidbilly Music. Everyone’s personal style of communicating is different and reflects who they are. But even when there are many different styles within a company or a team, there’s always opportunity to create a culture for better communication to improve quality of work-life, trust and efficiency. Efficiency isn’t a fun sounding word, but as a life long creative given to easily digressing off topic, I can tell you that efficiency in communication can be a real time saver and help you stay focused. It’s as important as quality of life and trust within your working group. My Top 3 Tips Good communicators…Continue Reading

How To Be A Better Public Speaker

Believe me I know how it feels to perform badly at public speaking. I had to work and learn how to be a better public speaker. For me, it didn’t come naturally at all. I’m a lifelong pianist, songwriter and performer, but honestly live performance was always so hard for me. I’m more naturally comfortable in the recording studio or at home crafting a song for someone else to sing. Having learned the hard way, and the long way, I believe I’m in a position to share effective tips on how to become a better public speaker. 5 Tips on How To Be a Better Public Speaker Find a hook – As a songwriter, I’m always looking for a great…Continue Reading

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 a…Continue 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 an…Continue 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 out…Continue 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 of…Continue 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 a…Continue 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 include…Continue 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