How a Creative Keynote Speaker Sets the Tone for Your Event

People attending a keynote speech

What story will your attendees tell when they leave your event? Will it be the same old story about the same old conference? Will you overhear phrases like, “snooze-fest”, “yawn”, “can’t wait to get home”?  Every conference event is an opportunity to build culture, to motivate and to inspire. A creative keynote speaker can set the tone for your event; sending the signals you want people to get. An inspiring session lets people know you care about them, you honor their time and you want to help them grow!  Way back in the early stages of presenting my own creative keynotes I was following the opening act at a large corporate conference. The speaker on stage had written a best… Read more »

Team Building Trends 2021

Virtual Webinar Performance

Put it back the way it was. Ah, if we only could. But, as I’ve been counseling clients for years now, the only thing truly constant is change. Organizations adept at meeting change thrive during periods of uncertainty. And since you’re reading this article about team building trends 2021, you must be part of an organization that wants to thrive! If your plans for team building went back burner during the pandemic, you’re not alone. When in crisis mode, it’s hard to think about strategic initiatives. But with 2021 upon us, now is the time to make time for strategic planning and work.  What Was Hot Is Not The early part of last year was one of our busiest periods ever…. Read more »

Fun Virtual Conference Ideas

Webex Screenshot of Virtual Conference

How could virtual conference ideas possibly be fun? If you’re asking yourself this question, you may have fallen victim to the dreaded ‘boring virtual conference’ epidemic of 2020.  I feel your pain, as do many folks who have suffered through some pretty miserable virtual events. Contrary to popular belief, fun virtual conference ideas do exist… and they are not the elusive unicorns they seem to be! As an experienced virtual conference facilitator, I’ve seen it all. The good, the bad and the ugly of online conferences have all moved across my screen. Figuring out how to get rid of the bad and the ugly experiences and ‘zoom’ – haha – into the fun ones is actually easier than you think. … Read more »

Why Is Team Building Important

Two Sleepy Dogs

Why Is Team Building Important? If you’re considering a team building event you may be asking yourself this question. And if you’re not asking, you’ll probably be asked by your boss or a colleague. Regardless of whether you’re asking or have been asked, it makes sense to know the answer. Figuring out if something you’re going to put time and money into is important, (a/k/a valuable or worthwhile) is well…important! We all know team building can be fun or dumb – motivational or uninspiring. Even when a team program ends up being fun and motivational, quite often everyone will spend a few days before the actual program day dreading it. Sometimes the best you can hope for is reactions like,… Read more »

How To Make Your Virtual Event Rock

Billy Kirsch Recording Studio Performance

Here’s a story, a true story. The story of how we built a virtual event that rocked the house. You may think it is virtually, haha, impossible to create an engaging virtual event for your many employees. You may be thinking, ‘how can an online session grab everyone’s attention?’ If you’re so afraid of another boring virtual session that you’re hesitant to move forward, think again. There is a way to make your virtual meeting rock. It’s all about finding great elements to create a fast paced, visually appealing, genuinely interactive program.  Follow along with my little story and you’ll become a believer too. Chapter One – Preparation This story began with a call from a past client. His ask was,… Read more »

Do Virtual Conferences Work?

Guys Playing Woodblocks at Las Vegas Convention

Do virtual conferences work? If you’re googling this topic, you must be considering the option of a virtual conference so I’ll cut to the chase. Yes, virtual conferences work and yes they are worth your time, energy, and investment.  So many of us have transitioned to remote work. During these challenging times your employees may be feeling stranded, isolated, and understandably adrift. Now more than ever, there’s a need to gather together to boost morale and engagement. You can do this by hosting a killer virtual conference for your company.  What is a Virtual Conference? A virtual conference can encompass everything you’d expect from an in-person company gathering, except you’ll be taking the whole operation online. You’ll be able to… Read more »

Remote Team Building Activities

Team Building On Zoom

For years, leading my crew and working with clients has been fueled by the fun and fire of face to face connection. So at first the idea of developing remote team building activities met with resistance, mostly my own!  Whether we’re talking about the camaraderie between myself and my fellow hit-songwriters, or the unbelievable bond that can be built in a Team Building Through Song® session with a client group, being together in person has always meant something big to me and to my business.  Fast forward to March 2020. As Coronavirus swept across the world, the lights went out on the face to face connection that we so valued within our team and with our constant stream of client… Read more »

The Best Virtual Team Building Activities

the best virtual team building is interactive and live

What are the best virtual team building activities to help you feel connected? Given what’s going on in the world today, many of us are now seriously considering the value of virtual programs.  Is it worth it? Can online team programs deliver authentic experience and results? I believe the answer is yes. But the best virtual team building activities don’t grow on trees. You have to know what to look for and what elements contribute to great programs.  The Need To Stay Connected While Miles Apart We all have a need to feel connected, to feel part of something bigger than ourselves. The good news is, it doesn’t take too much to increase feelings of connectedness, of belonging. I don’t… Read more »

Online Team Building Activities

If not now, when? This is a time when online team building activities are vital. So many of us are working from home, feeling challenged in new ways. More than ever, we’re searching for connections, camaraderie and unity.  We’re thinking about meaning, looking for inspiration and imagining how we may need to reinvent ourselves. But it can get lonely, ruminating on our own. Remote work is here to stay. And we need ways to stay connected.  Given this dynamic, I don’t consider bringing your team together for an online gathering frivolous or even optional. Now’s the time to share quality time together, to maintain or build motivation and get the reinforcement we all need to work optimally; on an individual… Read more »

10 Fun Team Building Ideas

2 dogs inspiring fun team building ideas

You look around your office. The mood is serious. Heads down, fingers flying over keyboards. Everyone is intensely focused on their own task, desks as lonely as islands in a sea of work. Do you see any smiling faces or any animated conversation?  If the answer is no, sound the alarms folks, because it looks like your office is in a fun slump. But don’t despair. You just need some fun team building ideas to break the slump. Now take a moment to imagine an alternate reality where people have fun together. What do you envision? Imagine your team laughing and smiling, connecting and chatting. Your team is engaged with their work and with each other. Is There Value In… Read more »

Does Music Increase Productivity?

music at work can increase productivity

When asked the question, does music increase productivity?, my immediate response is to shout yes, yes, yes from the rooftops…I might even be seen shaking a tambourine for emphasis, haha.   As a lifelong musician, hit songwriter and veteran of bringing music to the corporate world, the idea that music increases productivity is pretty well proven for me personally.  But perhaps you’re a leader of a biotech company or the head of HR at a law firm. Maybe you’re a financial analyst or an insurance underwriter. The idea that music may have real value in your work environment might seem a bit strange to you. So I realize that you may need some science and cold hard facts to be… Read more »