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

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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…

Fun Virtual Conference Ideas

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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…

How To Make Your Virtual Event Rock

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Here’s a story, a true story. The story of how we built a virtual event that rocked the house. You may think it is virtually, haha, impossible to create an engaging virtual event for your many employees. You may be thinking, ‘how can an online session grab everyone’s attention?’ If you’re so afraid of another boring virtual session that you’re hesitant to move forward, think again. There is a way to…

Do Virtual Conferences Work?

Guys Playing Woodblocks at Las Vegas Convention

Do virtual conferences work? If you’re googling this topic, you must be considering the option of a virtual conference so I’ll cut to the chase. Yes, virtual conferences work and yes they are worth your time, energy, and investment.  So many of us have transitioned to remote work. During these challenging times your employees may be feeling stranded, isolated, and understandably adrift. Now more than ever, there’s a need to…

Fun Group Activities In Nashville

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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.

Corporate Event Ideas

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…

Group Music Activities That Drive Results and ROI

  Are group music activities worthwhile for business groups or teams? If I say yes, can I prove it? These are questions I’m sometimes asked by potential clients who want to focus on ROI when considering a music team building activity. I think that bringing music to your work team is a must. Group music activities are worthwhile and they do yield ROI. You may have to re-frame your concept of…

Great Icebreakers for Large Groups

I don’t often like icebreakers for large groups. It’s really hard to find fun and effective activities that work with lots of people. In fact, I’d never thought much about trying to develop an effective large group session until a client asked me what I could do for a group of 1,700 people in about 45 minutes. That’s a really big group and the request was daunting. But I was intrigued. It seems there’s…

Create a Conference Breakout that Wins Over the Audience

  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…