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Read Billy Kirsch’s latest team building blog posts and articles to learn more about energizing your employees and boosting company moral.

Chicago Team Building Activities

Posted: Sep 23, 2018 by

Whether you’re based in the Windy City or coming here for a meeting, you won’t be disappointed by the variety and quality of Chicago team building activities to choose from. Some of the most intelligent, creative and entrepreneurial minds in the world flock to Chicago to start tech companies, work at medical centers, restaurants, theaters and more. This is just the place to get the creative juices flowing, build morale, and increase engagement. Informal Outings For Your Team Simply enjoying Chicago together can have real value. The benefits might not be as immediate or recognizable as a professionally facilitated team program, but you can build trust and camaraderie by simply spending quality time together out of your work space. This… Read more »

Is Team Building Worth It

Posted: Aug 26, 2018 by

  Is team building worth it? There are so many negative cliches about team programs that it’s hard to initiate an activity with a positive attitude from your colleagues. And even though I’m a professional team building facilitator, I get that! As a member of a community organization, I recently participated in a team building program. Leading up to the event, I found that even I was making wisecracks; wondering what kind of potentially uncomfortable activity I’d be forced to participate in. I was pleasantly surprised to take part in a program that was really fun and brought us all closer together. When done properly team building is worth it. And there is need. The Need For Team Building Every… Read more »

Team Building Lunch

Posted: Aug 2, 2018 by

I know I’m biased since team building is what I do for a living, but I truly believe that team programs should be at the top of every company’s priority list. I think my bias is warranted because I’ve seen tangible results; with improved communication among teams and the power that comes when co-workers have fun together. But, I get it – life is busy and work is even busier. So it’s hard to find time for team building. Wouldn’t it be great if you could plan a team building lunch? Team building during lunch is a great solution because it fits into a set time limit and it can be DIY or professionally facilitated. And very importantly, everybody gets to… Read more »

Fun Group Activities In Nashville

Posted: Jul 6, 2018 by

  In 2013, the New York Times coined Nashville as the new “it” city. Maybe they’ve made this claim about other cities since, but make no mistake; Nashville is no flavor of the week…or even of the year. We’re still growing, entertaining and booming five years later. This means more companies than ever are looking for fun and unique group activities in Nashville. This, of course, makes us ecstatic! We’ve always known how great this city is. When I began my music team building business over ten years ago it made sense to me that people would want to come to Music City to make music, to be entertained, and to have fun! There are lots of options for group… Read more »

Motivational Team Building Activities That Actually Work

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 by

  Motivational team building activities shouldn’t be so hard to find… but they are. How many times have you planned what promised to be a great program but then you find yourself sitting in the back row, smiling at the facilitator’s catchy sound bites in between inconspicuously checking your email on your device by holding it low behind the seat in front of you. How many times have you left a program wondering what happened to all of the time, talent and resources you spent to inspire? Where are the results? Too often I speak with leaders looking for a team building program who have been let down before. The truth is, nobody really likes the idea of having to… Read more »

The Best Ways To Boost Employee Engagement

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 by

  Are you a company looking for a few effective ways to boost employee engagement? What about creating a friendly office culture that makes employees excited about coming to work everyday? I have some suggestions for you. But before we dig into effective ways to boost employee engagement, I’d like to take you back in time to high school so you can see a bit of what not to do. No wait, let’s go back to middle school. That’s a bit more rebellious and interesting. Come to class with me. If I remember correctly, there were rows of chairs. Textbooks were opened and casually laid out on the desks. Students were sitting in various positions. Some slouched, others crossed their legs. I… Read more »

Quick Team Building Activities That Engage And Unite

Posted: Mar 6, 2018 by

  Just the mention of the word team building can bring a sweat to the brow of any business owner or company manager. Team activities are often dreaded in the workplace by both leaders and employees. Often, they’re mandated by leadership or HR yet they follow an antiquated, by-the-book rationale that fails miserably to engage and unite. In addition to resistance based on less than stellar associations with team building, limited agenda time can be an obstacle to planning a program. The goods news is, there are many fun and productive quick team building activities you can employ, to not only increase enjoyment in the moment, but to ensure the outcomes stay with your group for the long haul. Making your team… Read more »

Fun Ideas For Team Building During Dinner

Posted: Jan 26, 2018 by

Many teams find it difficult to make time for bonding and building trust. A work group that acquires shared trust will perform better, so working on team dynamics is vital. But unfortunately, most people’s agendas are jam packed and while team building is important, it often gets pushed aside. With this in mind, I’m no longer surprised when I hear from clients wanting to know if I have any great ideas for team building during dinner. Whether it’s a local event for your group or part of your annual convention, dinner is always on the agenda. The good news is you can get two things done at once by taking part in team building during dinner. Why Put Team Building… Read more »

Corporate Event Ideas

Posted: Nov 21, 2017 by

It’s not easy to continually come up with great corporate event ideas. Whether you’re a professional meeting planner or someone within a company who has been tasked with gathering ideas for your next corporate event, it can be a challenge to find programs that seem fresh and that will appeal to your attendees. The search for new programming is somewhat of a creative process. To find new ideas, you need to be creative! So as an expert on creativity and how to use it, I thought I’d share my thoughts in order to help you successfully search for those great corporate event ideas. I’ll also include some specifics about programs that I’m fond of. How To Find What You’re Looking… Read more »

A Guide To Chicago Team Building Programs

Posted: Oct 31, 2017 by

  Every city has a unique personality that influences what it offers to both visitors and it’s local workforce. When we opened our office for Chicago team building programs back in 2013, I was convinced that bringing musical programming to the Windy City would be a good fit. It has been a good fit and our Chicago crew has grown steadily along with our client base. I’ve also met other Chicago team building facilitators who do great work, offering everything from trapeze programs to sailing, improv and more. Here’s a guide to some of my favorites. Team Building Favorites Singing the blues and more – Chicago has a rich and dynamic music tradition. It’s the home for urban blues, jazz, and it’s… Read more »