Corporate Team Building Ideas Employees Will Love

Posted: Nov 22, 2016 by in Blog, Team Building

It can be hard to find corporate team building ideas your employees will love. Before I began facilitating my own team programs I always tried to steer clear of those organized activities that can be quite uncomfortable. Too often, when you announce that you’ve planned a team building event your employees reactions may be akin to something like, “Hey, wish I could make it, but I think I’m gonna go to the dentist that day”. It really is a challenge to find corporate team building ideas you’ll all love. But it can be done. Before I share some specific guidelines for you a reality check is in order. You’ll never find any one event that everyone of your employees will get… Read more »

Expert Tips for Planning a Team Building Event

Posted: Nov 15, 2016 by in Blog, Team Building

The way you go about planning a team building event is the most important factor in determining your event’s success. There are many team building options out there and finding a great fit for your organization is vital. There are several key elements that go into finding a fit.  Good preparation is necessary to come away from a team building program with a feeling of satisfaction. When I get an inquiry from a potential client, my first step is to ask lots of questions. I’m not so much about selling my program to every potential inquiry as I am about learning if a particular client will benefit and find success from my own team building program. Over the course of several years and many clients… Read more »

Why a Musical Speaker Can Make Any Corporate Event Better

Posted: Nov 8, 2016 by in Blog, Corporate Events

Can a musical speaker make a corporate event better? Yes, definitely. Is using music just fluff, a non-important add on? No, definitely not. Those are two strong statements. And I’m making them with the hope that you’ll read on to learn the how’s and why’s of music’s role in reaching and holding an audience. What Is A Musical Speaker? A speaker who is focused on music is more than just a performer. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a great musical performer at a corporate event. But a speaker brings something extra. He or she will deliver compelling content; a message with a beginning, middle and end. When music is the medium used to deliver a message, it’s powerful, emotional and engaging because music is powerful, emotional and engaging…. Read more »

The Importance Of Music For Work

Posted: Jun 27, 2016 by in Blog, Company Culture

As I got off the phone after a conversation with the CEO of a Fortune 100 company I was both surprised and pleased. Surprised that this busy executive would spend thirty minutes talking to me about songwriting, and pleased that he understood the importance of music in corporate life. Music is such an integral part of all of our lives. Most of us have favorite playlists or songs we turn to when we want to re-connect with something, when we’re happy or when we’re sad. Music can put us in the mood to create. It can make repetitive tasks more fun and make time pass quickly. So it really makes sense to acknowledge the importance of music in the work place and to invite… Read more »

Songs About Team Work

Posted: Jun 10, 2016 by in Blog, Team Building

I was just reading a list of Top 10 songs about team work and I hadn’t heard any of the songs on the list. Then I checked another list and found titles I knew, but the songs weren’t really about team work. It occurs to me that when people come up with their ideas for songs about team work, they’re first and foremost looking for songs that will inspire them and resonate with them emotionally. While not necessarily about team work, these songs may get a team working together better by creating mutual connections. When you share a favorite song with friends, it becomes part of your bond and your shared language. The same is true with work friends or teams. Think about getting… Read more »

Conference Keynote That Won’t Put You To Sleep

Posted: Jun 1, 2016 by in Blog, Corporate Events

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 in Blog, Team Building

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 in Blog

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 in Blog, Company Culture

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 in Blog, Public Speaking

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 »