The Pain of Change Initiatives

Posted: Apr 19, 2016 by

Sometimes change initiatives are voluntary and sometimes they’re forced upon us. But either way they’re hard. I’m in the middle right now, of a change I initiated myself and even though it’s at my own doing, I’m stressed and off my game. My company is small and making change is hard – so I can only imagine and further empathize with the clients I work with who bring us in during their large change initiatives. When companies reach out to us, it’s to get help with culture. We’re brought in to help people acknowledge their company’s story as it is, and acknowledge how change is…changing things. Through story and songwriting we’re able to provide emotional reinforcement and we bring often needed fun or levity… Read more »

How to Deliver a Strong Effective Speech

Posted: Apr 15, 2016 by

Our guest article author, Tessie Barnett, works as lead writer for GigSalad, the marketplace for booking bands, performers, speakers and services for events, parties, and productions of all types and sizes. In any business or relationship, good communication is essential. The more developed your skills are, the easier it is to connect, inspire, and exchange ideas. So a healthy, well-planned approach to public speaking will not only help your presentation, but it will also improve your articulation altogether. Whether you’re preparing a speech or simply wanting to refine your rhetoric, these tips will help you deliver your message in a strong, effective way. Accept the Nervousness If the thought of speaking in public puts you in panic mode, you are not… Read more »

Music and Memory

Posted: Apr 8, 2016 by

I’m not great at memorizing a speech. In fact, it’s really hard for me. But I can sing the lyrics to hundreds of songs with ease. And if there’s a new song that I like, I’m usually able to sing the lyrics after hearing that song just a few times. I bet you can too. Music and memory have a powerful link that enables us to internalize information that would otherwise be hard to hold on to. Why is this? It’s because music taps into our emotions and when we connect with something in an emotional way it makes an impression. Allowing ourselves to feel something puts us in the moment and allows us to be present. Being present can also be stated as being… Read more »

Fun Corporate Events

Posted: Mar 30, 2016 by

You may hear the phrase fun corporate events and think it’s an oxymoron. But it doesn’t have to be. And it shouldn’t be. There’s real value in fun, even ROI from creating fun corporate events. However, it can be a challenge to find a program that delivers what it promises. There’s lots of stuff you can fake in life. But fun is a feeling that’s either there or it’s not. What’s not fun? Being part of an activity that’s supposed to be fun and ends up being forced. But when you take part in a genuinely entertaining and enjoyable activity you’ll be engaged. You’ll be interacting naturally, without forcing it. That’s fun. The ROI comes from the increased engagement and the relationship building that occurs when groups… Read more »

Team Building Activities In Nashville

Posted: Mar 23, 2016 by

The first quarter of the year found us quite busy with team building activities in Nashville. While we continue to work throughout the US and the rest of the world, let’s face it; Nashville team building and songwriting are a natural fit. Selling a musical program in Music City isn’t too hard, but delivering a great program is an ongoing challenge that I love and embrace. Every client we’ve led through our musical team building activities in Nashville this year has presented a unique challenge. It’s the uniqueness and varying goals of each of our clients that keeps my team engaged and focused. We can’t afford to take anything for granted, so we don’t! Here’s some of what’s been going… Read more »

Fun Creative Team Building

Posted: Mar 19, 2016 by

This is the story of fun creative team building. You probably think it’s fiction but it’s not. Although it’s hard to find in the real world, fun creative team building does exist. I was setting up in a recording studio last week, when I overhead my client’s boss ask her how she found Team Building Through Song®. That’s when she said it, “I did a google search for fun creative team building and here we are.” As a songwriter and pianist who spent the first part of my career behind the scenes, rather than on stage, I can relate to most people’s dread of organized activities with forced fun. Those activities are…just not fun. I’m the person who runs out back… Read more »

How To Build The Best Teams

Posted: Mar 2, 2016 by

There was a fantastic article in the New York times recently about Google’s efforts to build the best teams. It’s worth reading if you’re hoping to improve your corporate culture and continue striving to understand how to build the best teams. In my opinion the strongest take away from the article is no surprise. It’s that emotional interactions, dialogue, who we are and how we treat each other are vital. Have your leaders listen – My very first rule for how to build the best teams is to forgo top down leadership within your meeting. Great leaders know that one of their most important jobs is to listen. Why have a meeting if not to listen and get input from team members? Create a… Read more »

Creativity In Business – Not Just An Accessory

Posted: Feb 18, 2016 by

It’s often assumed that the role of creativity in business is something best left to the marketing department. At least it used to seem that way. And while things have changed, many ‘corporate types’ still say they’re not at all creative. The good new is that this is wrong. Most of us are inherently creative and we use creativity in our day to day problem solving. Yes, even if you’re in the accounting department, you’re most likely using a bit of creativity to solve problems. It’s a lot easier now to convince corporate leadership that there’s a bottom line reason to promote creativity in business. Change is about the only constant left. Technology and communication have enabled a business environment in which… Read more »

Unblock Your Writer’s Block

Posted: Feb 15, 2016 by

I’ve had writer’s block and I’ve been procrastinating a lot lately. I’ve also been a bit of a hypocrite because I’m not practicing what I preach. I often talk with my clients about the importance of practicing creativity every day. I counsel to them, “Don’t wait for inspiration, it’s important to show up and do something…anything.” As Picasso said, To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing. But yesterday, I realized the reason I haven’t blogged in a few weeks is because I was waiting to find the prefect subject line…and it never came to me. I was using the old writer’s block excuse that I just wasn’t inspired. So this morning, I decided to sign-in to WordPress and simply begin to write. A few… Read more »

Top Tips For Coordinating An Internal Event

Posted: Jan 18, 2016 by

A wide range of different departments and experts can coordinate meetings and events. For example, coordinating an internal event at one company may mean an entire events department handles it but at another company, a sole administrative person may be assigned the job. The job assignment can vary depending on resources and the scale of the internal event but if it falls to you, you will need to know how to pull it off without a hitch. Whether this is your first time coordinating an internal event or you are an old pro looking for some tips and refreshers, we have compiled the basics to make sure you are covered for your next event. A Great Venue Goes A Long… Read more »