How You Know You Need A Team Builder

Bad day at work. Another bad day at work. Followed by a bad day at work. It could be a personal problem. Or it could mean your organization needs a team builder. We’re all aware of the momentum sports teams have. There’s an intangible confidence, creativity and energy when a team’s in the zone. And conversely, when a team needs a team builder, or a tune up, there’s a lack…

Keynote Presenters To Hire This Year

So you’ve been told it’s your job to research the keynote presenters to hire for this year’s event. It’s a big wide world out there; so where do you start? This article is a good place as it highlights some important things you need to know to ensure you’ll be successful in your search. Understanding your audience and your meeting objectives are crucial to matching the plethora of choices of…

Using Music As Energizers

I’ve recently noticed an uptick in the number of conferences and group events that are looking for an energizer to get their attendees focused and ready to go. So I thought I’d explain how we’re using music as energizers at Kidbilly Music. A Conference Needs An Energizer The first question to answer is why a conference needs an energizer of any kind. The meeting of two personalities is like the…

Keynote Speakers: Hire a Conference Energizer Instead

I’ve participated in lots of conferences, both as an audience member and a speaker. So I have strong opinions about the character that keynote speakers should bring to your event. When you’re hiring keynote speakers, make sure she or he is a good speaker. Sounds obvious – but the delivery of the message is as important as the message itself. Keynote Speakers Who Help You Nap Let’s say you’ve researched…

4 Corporate Team Building Activities Your Company Will Love

So many corporate team building activities to choose from, so much on your to-do list. Hopefully, I can help you sort through the process and narrow down your choices. Any short list is arbitrary, but below are some fun and productive events worth considering. Adventure Getaways Does your team thrive on adventure? It may not, and there are great options for teams that don’t want to go outside. But for…

Team Building Events and Fear

We’re never at our best when we’re fearful. Fear can be an upfront, overwhelming feeling or a subtle part of our everyday workplace environment. Creative people know that being afraid to fail is a stumbling block to trying new things and thus, to problem solving and innovation. Team Building Events help groups confront their hesitation to act, moving teams outside of their normal comfort zone. That zone isn’t always a…

A Real Team Event

Connections and the the winding road that leads from acquaintance – to trust – to engagement. Sometimes it takes forever and sometimes things click quickly. As of last August, I hadn’t heard of MCI (an independent, global association, communications and event management company). Fast forward a few months and I feel like part of the MCI family, or at least like a welcome cousin! I’ve just returned from MCI’s annual…

Canada Rocks Song Events

The Canadian Tourism Commission partnered with Tourism Toronto, Tourism Montréal, Québec Tourism and the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts to host events highlighting the wonderful attributes of Canada as a meeting and convention destination. I had the opportunity to lead programs at the Atlanta and Nashville area events as we created songs about Canada, learning a lot along the way and sharing good times and some laughs. Everyone who participated had…

Losing the Keys to the Keynote

You know how it is when you’re all ready to go out to a meeting, or a show…nice and calm. And then you can’t find your car keys. All of a sudden you’re not calm, you’re stressed and off balance. And when you finally do find the keys, you rush to the car, drive away to fast, a bit disheveled and none to pleased with yourself. That’s the feeling I…

The Importance of Event Suppliers

Don’t worry. This is not a self-promoting post about why you should hire me as a team building supplier, (although I wouldn’t mind!) This is about the importance of making sure every link in your event planning chain is solid, dependable and ideally stupendous. Last week I provided a keynote session for over seven hundred people. I know from experience that audio-visual can make or break my presentations and performances…