Conference Keynote That Won’t Put You To Sleep

Posted: Jun 1, 2016 by

I snuck into the back of a conference keynote session yesterday and noticed that most of the people in the room were very restless. And those who weren’t restless seemed to be focused on their smart phones, rather than the speaker. I was there getting ready to lead an interactive song session and even my client, who had hired the speaker, was complaining about the yawns in the room. I asked my client why he’d hired this particular speaker and he said that the speaker’s topic and expertise were relevant to the conference. My client hired the speaker based solely on content. But I don’t think you have to go this route when you’re planning a conference keynote. There are great speakers… Read more »

Executive Team Building

Posted: May 20, 2016 by

Should executive team building be different than team building for other members of your workforce? I don’t think it should be different in the sense that one is better than the other. But, a team building program for your executives should be tailored to the attributes and goals that leaders generally share. We’re typically asked to facilitate executive team building when something is changing at company. This could mean a merger or acquisition, a bold new initiative; or a looming challenge due to change from new technology or market pressures. It’s rewarding to facilitate our team building through song program in this context because we’re allowed to spend quality time on vision, mission and message. Keys To Successful Executive Team Building… Read more »

Leading A Team

Posted: May 9, 2016 by

My daughter just accepted a new opportunity and she’s really excited about it. She’s leading a team for a six month project that involves event planning, creativity, media and more; culminating in a large public event. Of all the candidates who interviewed to be part of this project team, my daughter was chosen to lead because she has a combination of necessary skill, self-motivation and clearly displays signs of being an alpha.  While those attributes may make for a good leader, they also create challenges. If you’re leading a team that’s newly formed, it’s vital to think intentionally about your leadership style, about the styles of your team members and do some initial planning around how you’ll all work together. Before you… Read more »

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 fun and corporate events doesn’t have to be an oxymoron. While it can be a challenge to find a program that delivers content and fun they are out there.  Why should you care? Because there’s real value in sharing fun experience with your colleagues. There’s lots of stuff you can fake in life. But fun is a feeling that’s either there or it’s not. 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. Believe it or not, you’ll get ROI from the time and resources you put into creating a successful event. The ROI comes from the increased engagement,… 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 »

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 »