How to Find and Hire a Keynote Speaker

Cartoon of an entertaining keynote speaker

An essential part of planning a corporate event is to find and hire a keynote speaker. The responsibility of a good speaker is to help set the tone for your conference and to motivate and inspire your attendees. It’s worth it to take time to find a motivational keynote speaker who will keep everyone entertained and awake!  Events can easily fall short when you don’t bring in a good speaker….

The Benefits of Team Building Events and Workshops

a map to better team building

If you’ve found yourself searching for the best ways to benefit your employees, you’re finally in the right place. I’m a big believer in the benefits of team building events and workshops. These activities can cultivate relationships, inspire, and help people discover their strengths and weaknesses.  Team building events can spice up the ordinary workday. We all start to get lost in a fog when we’ve been living in mundanity….

5 Creative Employee Engagement Activities

A group writing a song to help boost employee engagement

Now’s the time to integrate some good employee engagement activities into your corporate life. As we’ve come out of the pandemic, engagement is down everywhere. This is a problem you can’t afford to ignore.  According to Gallup, from 2020 through 2022, there’s been an ongoing employee engagement slump. With the pandemic, the great resignation and the uptick in work from home/hybrid models, it is concerning.  So if you’re looking around…

The Secret to High Energy Team Building Activities

Using music at an event for high energy team building

High energy team building activities don’t have to include aerobics, white water rafting or other sometimes challenging physical activities. Although those can be fun and productive, they’re not necessary for an engaging, energized team program. To create the energy that leads to a successful team building event you’ll want to include challenge, buy-in from participants, authenticity and success. These attributes all contribute to a great program – and a great…

Music Is Key To Building Camaraderie In The Workplace 

employees finding camaraderie at work

Say it with me now; or sing it out if you are already on my wavelength! “Music is the key to building camaraderie in the workplace.” Take a moment to let this statement land. Are you feeling uncomfortable or confused?  Are you having flashbacks to traumatic memories of forgetting lyrics in middle school choir?  Don’t worry, we’re not talking about that time you bombed on “Don’t Stop Believing” at the…

The Best Music for Corporate Events is Created By Your Attendees

Guys making music at a corporate event

The best music for corporate events could be created by your attendees. This may seem strange but in fact, it’s not so out of reach.  Why should you care? If you’ve ever helped plan a meeting or conference, you’ve probably taken part in discussions about song selections; when to feature music, whether to hire a band, etc.  Music sets the tone, keeps things moving and helps people relate; both to…

Putting the Fun into Corporate Retreats

People performing at a corporate retreat

Many companies are adopting long term remote work strategies or allowing employees hybrid schedules that combine being in the office with working at home. As this trend continues, the need for fun corporate retreats has increased dramatically.  With more and more of us being silo’d for at least part of the work week, planning structured face-to-face gatherings is more important than ever. Company culture, communication and relationships are best built…

Creating Corporate Icebreakers for Events and Meetings

Corporate icebreakers have an even worse reputation than team building. And that’s saying something. I think it’s because the term icebreaker brings up memories of uncomfortable moments as far back as kindergarten.  Being forced to engage in seemingly irrelevant games can really make us uncomfortable. In fact, if I’d known the word irrelevant in kindergarten I probably would’ve screamed, “I’m not doing this stupid irrelevant activity, it’s nap time”. Obviously,…

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…

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…

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…