By early February, those of us who are not Midwestern natives usually question why we moved here. After digging out of a few snowstorms, and remembering the warm places we used to live, the Midwest winters can seem overwhelming. But despite the cold, there is something wonderful and alluring about Midwestern life. Even the large Midwestern cities have small town sensibilities. There’s a laid back attitude and friendliness that’s woven into Midwest culture and I love that. Perhaps Midwest team building activities should reflect some of this culture.

The ethos of Midwest team building activities

Be real, stay grounded, do something relatable. Those are the kind of qualities my clients look for when they’re planning midwest team building activities. It’s not about glitz and glamor, but it is about the substance, results and fun…let’s not forget the fun. It was only after my first Chicago winter that I completely understood the unbridled energy Midwesterners bring to their partying. Once spring arrives and we can go back outside, street festivals, concerts and barbeques make up for the quiet time of winter. When clients plan team building for their workforce, they need to make sure the activity will deliver the kind of energy and fun that everyone expects.

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Team Building Program Options

  • With our Team Building Through Song® program, we’ve worked with Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee, IHS Automotive in Detroit, ALTOUR in Minneapolis and with many clients at Chicago venues like Buddy Guy’s or House of Blues. We help organizations tell their story, engage, learn how to innovate, sing and have fun.
  • Second City Comedy offers great corporate team building in Chicago. For an informal outing, take a tour of the Harley-Davidson plant in Milwaukee. It’s a great way to get your team out of the office while getting to know one another better and having fun.
  • The Trapeze School in Chicago hosts corporate team building programs. This is something I’ve been wanting to try myself. You can take some risks but there’s a safety net…literally. What could be better than that? This is the kind of team building that matches challenge with accomplishment and helps build trust.

Make your Midwest team building activities uniquely Midwestern and it will add to the power of the program; helping to building team camaraderie and solidify what makes your organization special.

About Billy Kirsch

Billy is a Grammy & Emmy nominated, CMA & ACM award winning songwriter with numerous Top 10 hits to his credit. His team building programs and keynote speaking presentations help people tap into their creative abilities to become more innovative and engaged in their work. Clients include Fortune 100 companies and organizations throughout the world.