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Enter to win a free musical team building program for your group. This is our full program including the fun, value, learning and ROI that accompanies all our events. Tell your story, write a song, create a lasting take-away, enhance team communication and inspire innovation. Please answer the following questions to create a compelling reason for your team to win a free program. Or submit any reasons or explanations you’d…

Waxing Melancholy

And by waxing melancholy, I don’t mean getting my old car waxed. Although if an old car has poignant memories for you, you could wax melancholy. I’m thinking about my dog Martha. Martha passed away this week. She was fourteen years old and had been the best family pet anyone could ever want. Losing Martha put me in a melancholy place and brought back fourteen years of memories; not just…

Getting To The Good Stuff

Many years ago I was in the car, headed to a show, with my piano teacher, Lou Stein. Lou had an illustrious career as a jazz pianist, having played with the original Glenn Miller Orchestra, recorded with Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker to name a few. Lou mentioned that he could remember five nights on the bandstand – five special standout performances in which everything clicked, the…

Recent Team Building Through Song

NORANDA ALUMINUM shared one hundred of their top management with us, including their CFO & CEO. My cheeks hurt after laughing for about an hour straight. Along the way everyone learned more about their colleagues, their company and themselves. LEADERSHIP RUTHERFORD County kicked off their year long leadership training with Team Building Through Song. Thanks for trusting us to break the ice! WE’RE IN THE NEWS and we’re so happy….

When Cookies Mean Cookies

I FOLLOW my daughter on Twitter now. And the other day she tweeted the following: #cookies. That was the entire tweet. My mind immediately went through the strategic process a business person’s mind would go – Hmm, I thought to myself… what’s the angle, what’s the strategy? How can this get my daughter more followers or help her promote her message? What does she mean and what does she want? So…

Alternative Days

An entire team or even an entire company can be sick, or chronically fatigued and be running on empty without really being aware of it, because this condition has become a part of their culture. There’s real ROI in taking sick days, or really ‘alternative days’, for a team or organization.

Facing The Crowded Desk

Several months ago my friend Bill Bellet sent me the following comment: Many struggle with typical planning methods because the effort requires sorting through so many ideas & logistics leading to information overload & difficulty achieving a macroscopic/integrated overview that captures everything. At the time I thought to myself, wow that’s silly, isn’t it easy to dive into planning, being long-sighted, rather than short-sighted, rolling up your sleeves and getting…

How To Tell The Right Story

There’s so much conversation now about how to tell the right story and it’s impact on engagement, learning and retention. I say bring it on, I never get tired of hearing conversation about how to tell the right story because I’ve been focused on this since I began writing songs when I was seven years old. I’ve always had an emotional need to tell my own stories but even if you’re not…

PCMA Education Conference

As a supplier, (someone who sells services to event planners), I often view conferences as a sales opportunity with little thought about the educational value of attending. Quite often, I’ll judge my ROI by who I’ve met and what potential I’ve created for additional work. But my recent trip to Montreal for the PCMA Education Conference has changed my view of these trips. Yes, I made great contacts with lots…

Choosing the right words

So many coaches use the expression, doing a 360, when they’re talking about change. I read a great article today, by Dan O’Sullivan, that reminds me how important language is. As a songwriter, I try to stay in deep with word use, pondering the best way to express something and playing with alternatives. In my work as a facilitator, I’ve found that good word choice can greatly accelerate the impact…

My Own Medicine

When I work with groups through my team building program, making suggestions for strategic planning, creating new ideas, and helping to create action plans, change seems easy. At least, easy for me. That’s because I’m guiding and suggesting plans for someone else. It’s so easy for me to drive or fly home from a program feeling self-satisfied, knowing I’ve made a difference for a group needing a catalyst to evolve…