Create a Conference Breakout that Wins Over the Audience

Posted: Feb 6, 2017 by in Blog, Corporate Events

  The image above is from a real conference breakout session. Notice the leader is not stuck in front of the room. She’s asking a question, smiling and looking at the audience. These people are not bored. As an introverted creative type, I’m partial to breakout sessions because I stay focused better in smaller breakouts as compared to the large conference sessions that include everyone. In a conference breakout there’s opportunity to focus on specific topics and to allow for in depth discussion with lots of interaction. With that great potential, you have responsibility as someone planning a session to find interesting topics, great facilitators and entertaining subject matter experts who will engage your attendees. Don’t make the mistake of thinking… Read more »

Top Five Team Building Activities for Large Groups

Posted: Feb 1, 2017 by in Blog, Team Building

Here’s the deal with team building activities for large groups; they’re really hard to find. In fact, successful team large group team building is almost an oxymoron. Almost an oxymoron but not quite; and that’s the good news. So if you do need to find great programs for larger groups they are out there. The best programs are specifically designed to work well with big groups. They’re fun, inclusive, productive and surprisingly, they really do bring people together. I’ve seen groups of over 1,000 share experience that makes everyone feel closer, creating the same kind of energy and exchange of ideas you’d expect from small group team building. After I came up with the idea to write this blog, it actually took me a while… Read more »

Why a Musical Keynote Speaker Brings Both Creativity and ROI

Posted: Jan 25, 2017 by in Blog, Corporate Events

There are several great reasons to choose a musical keynote when you’re planning a conference. Musical keynotes are entertaining. They bring energy and positive emotion to a conference. A musical presentation also makes a great statement – that this won’t be the same old boring conference. Additionally, a successful musical speaker will bring value through a relevant message and takeaways. Here is a real-world example of why this is the case: A few years back I appeared as a keynote speaker at an aerospace company’s annual meeting. This was the first time they’d ever hired a speaker who wasn’t in their industry. While I certainly wasn’t able to talk about technical matters related to this company’s work, I was able to provide content that motivated… Read more »

Successful Interactive Team Building Activities

Posted: Jan 9, 2017 by in Blog, Team Building

  Interactive team building activities are really the only type of team building you should consider. By design, any program for building or bringing your team together will be interactive. But of course, some are more successful than others. Are there common elements of good interactive team building activities? I’m glad I asked that question for you, ha ha. And yes there are. I’m going to provide you with guidance to help you plan for a fun and successful program with your team. Dogs And A Team Building Lesson That’s not some random dog picture above. It’s a picture of  a successful interactive event. This event took place between these two dogs, Mavis and Aaliyah. The dog on the left is Mavis,… Read more »

What is the Purpose of Team Building?

Posted: Jan 2, 2017 by in Blog, Team Building

What is the Purpose of Team Building? This is a big question with varied answers and some debate about purpose and value. I’m going to outline the purpose of team building here. But remember, you’ll only get value from a team building experience if it’s well executed. So after you establish the purpose for your program, make sure to take time to find a great program that matches your goals. The Stages Of A Team It’s important to understand who your team is and where you are in the stages of team development before you focus on the purpose of team building. There’s a classic outline of the basic stages of team development that I really like. Forming – The initial… Read more »

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 »