The Microsoft team had a great time with the experience of songwriting and learning about how harmoniously they could work together. It was amazing to watch the groups create similar themed songs in such different unique ways and with differing song styles. Thank you so much! You made the planning process seamless and provided an incredible once in a lifetime experience for the Microsoft SLGE Team!
– Sara Baeth, Manager, Client Services & Logistics, Meeting Solutions – Microsoft
Kidbilly was the perfect capstone to our work session – a fun and inspiring way to sum up who we are and want to be, all to a hip melody. Billy did a great job of creatively leading our group of high level executives, as well as effectively managing all the opinions and lyrical suggestions. This songwriting process is a clever way to really reach the heart of your team! In one word – magic! I have already recommended him to others.
– Disney Imagineering
Thank you again for the great team building event. It’s safe to say it was the highlight of the week. Your guys are truly awesome to work with and you helped us make our spirit come to life! We had everyone out of their chairs and on stage singing and cheering. It was truly successful teambuilding for bringing folks together. I got great feedback from the team and they want to do it again. In fact, the winning song we chose from our event has become our “anthem” for our franchise and we sang it again at our last meeting.
– Heather DeMyers, Director, Strategy & Business Development, US Hematology Franchise, Novartis Oncology
This program enabled our potential recruits and our staff to come together and share information and questions about PwC – learning and laughing along the way. Everyone came away excited about our company and accounting in general. It was a great way to introduce our leadership program.
– Katharine Appel, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Here at Southwest Airlines we thoroughly enjoy opportunities to not only bond with our co-workers but to laugh – after all Fun-LUVing attitudes are what we are known for! Out of all the team building exercises we have done, this one was by far the most entertaining! The experience that Kidbilly and his team create is extremely creative and unique and certainly provides laughs along the way! Our goal for this activity was to find an enjoyable way to build teamwork and camaraderie within our department; Kidbilly far surpassed our expectations. The group had so much fun thinking of song lyrics, that even when the activity was over, the creative juices never stopped flowing and in fact, the group was sad that our time was up!
– Chelsea McGough, Marketing, Southwest Airlines
Thank you so much for a wonderful, fun and engaging afternoon of songwriting! You were right, you didn’t make us look bad, instead you made us shine! I’ll happily recommend you to other Bridgestone groups as well. Thanks again, we had a lot of fun!
– Katie Allen, Senior Marketing Manager, Bridgestone
It’s a true pleasure to recommend Billy! He is an exceptional partner who believes in whatever it takes and exceeding expectations. From team building through song that engages all delegates and empowers their creative voices, to songwriting, coaching and out of the box solutions. It was a pleasure partnering with him and creating an exceptional event that fostered better teams, gave back to the community and offered out of your comfort zone fun that became very comfortable for all.
– Dahlton Bennington, CMP, Director Business Meeting Services, SFN Group
Some of the comments I heard from our leaders were, “I didn’t realize my colleagues were so talented”; “this is the most fun I’ve had with my teammates in a long time”; “Billy and his team were awesome to work with!” What was most noticeable as I ventured from room to room was the camaraderie and laughter that was shared by our employees. Our company’s CEO thought this was one of the best team building activities he had ever seen. I applaud your talent and appreciate your ability to help strengthen our leadership. If I could nominate you for a Grammy for the following: talent, creativity, ability to deliver and just plain fun…you’d definitely sweep all of the categories!
– Kerry Schrader, HR Director, Noranda Aluminum
A wonderful and effective way to open our off-site meeting…Billy’s opening remarks captured the audience… attendees actively participated in the song-building session…and the final performances were amazing and fun! Billy Kirsch went the extra mile to ensure the session had maximum impact for us and for the Kidbilly team, it was very clear this was a labor of love!
– Vic Pianese, Manager, Unilever IT Business Partners – NA Finance
I have run events for the last 15 years and I am always looking for innovative and exciting content. This year I wanted to emphasize collaboration amongst our sales and marketing team. Billy and his team, through music, created a session that enabled exactly that. The session was fun, exciting, challenging and liberating all in equal measure. Billy read the audience very well and ensured that the session was fast paced and included everybody – over 120 people which is no small task. After the team building session Billy and his team did a half an hour concert for us – an absolute joy to listen to. I would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Billy and this event to anyone.
– Jeremy Cooper, CSO, Hobsons, Education Solutions Company
The team had a great evening, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and ended up with something very tangible & memorable which really embodies the whole team. Now 6 months later this is still showing valuable impact. The song was picked up by the communications team and they plan on using it as part of an event they are doing internally. We are using it in team meetings to bring back the positive feelings and stay focused. Thank you for all your help in making this happen.
– Fiona Gardiner PhD PMP, Director, Global Franchise Project Management, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
I can’t thank you enough for what your team of musicians added to our event. Thursday was a LONG day for everyone involved and we truly ended it on a high note with the song-building competition. You have a very talented group of facilitators and the overall experience went way beyond our expectations. Your attention to our answers to the questionnaire you sent did not go unnoticed, and you really knocked it out of the park with “problem solving via creativity,” as the theme. Thank you, again!
– Anna McNally, Marketing Specialist, Red Bull
We hosted our annual All Hands company event and coordinated with Kidbilly Music to facilitate our team building. To say Kidbilly crushed it is an understatement. Everyone participated, from the CEO to our interns, and the songs our teams wrote and performed are amazing. Thank you so much, Billy and team, for driving our folks toward creative collaboration, camaraderie, and positive storytelling (which was the unofficial theme of our entire retreat)! You and your team are ridiculously talented – We have heard from so many people that they were uncertain when they first heard the plan for the evening, but by the end had to admit that it was truly the best team building event ever!
– Coni Thomas, Operations Director, CodeScience
THANK YOU so much for the great team building activity last week! The team really enjoyed it. I had a lot of good feedback, including people who thought it was the best team building event hosted by Cummins they had ever attended!
– Carrie Vawter, Supply Chain Capability Leader
Truly, a fantastic session. It was really an empowering and expressive creative experience for us. I appreciate your flexibility and partnership with us during the process. Our songwriter leader, Rusty, was amazing!
– Jennifer White, Senior Director, Global Learning and Talent Development at Hilton Worldwide
We’ve been doing team building activities at our annual retreats for nearly 20 years, and the Kidbilly event was by far the best activity we’ve ever done. We have a diverse workforce that spans a wide range of ages and physical abilities, but everyone was able to participate. The Kidbilly leaders got everyone involved, even those who were initially quiet or skeptical. It was amazing how much we accomplished in a short time. In a fun, interactive way, we captured the things that are special about our company in song. I’m now a huge Kidbilly fan and I’d highly recommend Kidbilly and his team to anyone for a team building activity. I have only one complaint – our retreat was a month ago, and I still find myself wanting to burst into my team’s song at the most inopportune times!
– Dana Sellers, CEO, Encore Health Resources
Billy and his team facilitated a team building session for our annual retreat. Billy’s guys use a team song writing experience to stimulate creativity and build rapport among the members. I’m a skeptic and expected to hate the experience. I actually ended up loving the process. It was fascinating to see who would sing their proposed lyrics, who shouted them out and who wrote them down and then passed them to the front anonymously. But, most of all the session was so much fun that I laughed until I cried. I was fascinated by the process and thrilled with the outcome. I highly recommend Billy and team building through song for even the most skeptical individuals.
– David Greenwalt, Strategy and Advisory Services, Encore Health Resources
Libbey has been making glassware for 195 years. Our long history combined with our excitement about the future provided us with rich content for fun and relevant lyrics to tell our story through song. This exercise took people out of their comfort zones and required them to think and act as part of a creative team…a new experience for many of the participants. The positive storytelling linked regions, departments and generations together, and highlighted the key themes of our meeting. Working with the Kidbilly songwriters, we produced memorable songs that continue to play in our minds, with priceless choruses we will remember for years to come. It was a lot of fun. Thanks Kidbilly for a great experience!
– Tim Paige, Vice President, Human Resources, Libbey
Our teams did not know what we had planned and were keen not to have to sing – so you can imagine we were nervous. But this was all about creativity, collaboration and compromise. Billy and his team were able to get the groups really engaged to celebrate the important work we do together. We had great fun and most rewarding was that the results were surprisingly good…We are still talking about it!
– Yumi Nakagawa, Ph.D., Senior Director, Corporate Development & Strategy, Onyx Pharmaceuticals
Thanks again for yesterday. I must confess I’ve listened to my iPhone recording of the song and I’m really loving it. And the group has been sending an email chain around saying the Impressionist Family singers now need to be fitted for costumes and will take the show on the road!
– Deb Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Talent Development, Worldwide Human Resources, Sotheby’s
Thank you again for hosting our team building event. It was truly a unique event – made even more special because we were able to record in a real studio. You have a gift for not only songwriting but also for bringing out the creative side of everyone participating. I really can’t believe we wrote and recorded a song in under 2 hours. The process brought us closer together as a team, and we now have a shared memory that will stay with us for years to come!
– Amy Sheaves, District Manager, Gulf Lakes Territory, Iron Mountain
Thank you so much. We were able to open the song files and re-live the night again. Everyone had such a great time and I hope that one day we can all work together again. I’d be more than happy to talk with prospective clients that may want to hire you to do their event. You and your team were awesome!
– Diane Feschenko, Manager, Global Sales Support, IHS Automotive
Nicely done Billy. This team building exercise was a “big hit”! We closed out our session with the “masterpiece” … My team sang along with great pride and joy! Thank you.
– Ron Rohrer, Central Region Sales Manager, BD Diagnostics
The team building activity with Kidbilly was fun and educational – instead of playing golf or laser tag we worked together as a team to craft two songs that not only made us laugh but also made us recognize how we all face similar challenges. This shared experience is something that will be remembered for a long time as we all we work together to achieve our company’s goals. We can’t wait to get our CD’s to remember our time spent working together on this activity.
– Erin Evans, Director, Affinion Group
We included Team Building Through Song in our schedule twice during the week and found that some were skeptical to attend, as they didn’t think they were “creative” enough. One attendee made this very comment to me, so I begged her to attend and she hasn’t stopped telling her colleagues and me how great it was since! Post conference surveys listed your program as one of the attendees’ favorites.
– Christy Wright, Director of Marketing, Healthcare Management Systems, Inc.
Thank you so much for sending the songs. They sound great and we appreciate it! You were all FANTASTIC and are all extremely TALENTED! Everyone was impressed by your group.
– Lila Tesch, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Lauren, this was so incredible. It is almost surreal how you were able to manage a group of women, share our thoughts in a kind and neutral manner, put thoughts on paper then transform this conversation into music. You have a very special talent, Kidbilly is lucky to have you.
– Rose Davis, National Sales Manager, Comcast Spotlight & Board Of Directors, Women In Numbers(WIN)
The whole team had a great time at the team building session… and some are still singing, “put down the brownie!!”
– Lindsay Irvin, Healthways
“I can’t let another day pass by without telling you THANK YOU THANK YOU for adding a special touch to Deltek’s VIP event at the CMHF. As the operations manager, I must thank you for your professionalism, fast response and ease in which you handled all logistics. Your performance was so touching and entertaining that all eyes were locked on you all for the hour performance. Thank you on a very successful event – guests left on a musical high!”
– Ansley Hampton, Senior Operations Manager, Destination Nashville
You and Lauren did a fantastic job, it was the highlight of the week and everyone was
still raving about it this morning! This was quality experience with a high level of excitement and team interaction. I was more than pleased with the outcome – we had two professional songwriters who took 2 groups of 9 employees, helped them write an original song, partake in a ‘sing-off’ competition and awarded prizes all under 2 hours. Our team rated this experience as the highlight of the week!
– Dan Bailey, Manager, OCP, Partner NA, Schneider Electric
This was one of the more fun team building events I have been involved in. The group collaborated, got creative, got competitive and had a blast. Georgia’s enthusiasm and positive disposition not only made for a fun experience and cool song about our company, but was inspirational!
– Greg Tepas, CEO & President, EMKAY
Thanks again for making our Sales and Service Meeting so memorable. You guys were simply awesome and the buzz and excitement you created was phenomenal.
– Larry Self, National Vice President of Sales, EMKAY
Billy Kirsch is AMAZING! His spirit, musical talent and energy brought out the best in our group. He worked with us where we were, at our own pace. Before we knew it, everyone was working together to create a beautiful, meaningful song. We came together in a different way I didn’t know was possible. The group is more bonded as a result of our time with Billy. I am very grateful!
– Shasha Gerritson, Director Angeli Choir, Park Ridge Community Church, Chicago, IL
Your team building program was so much fun. This was one of the most dynamic group experiences we’ve had. Your program is inclusive, relaxed, well paced and productive. Through the lyrics we wrote that day, we realized we all share the same concerns and frustrations and were able to laugh at them.
– Douglas Giordano, Pier Sixty, New York, NY
What a great day – one of the highlights of my time in junior golf. It was a magical two hours that shows the potential of our young people. Thanks for all your your help and expertise!
– Steve Merrill, The First Tee, Tennessee Golf Foundation
Thank you again for such a great program yesterday! Managers are still talking about it and can’t wait to hear the song again. I’ve had several ask me for the words, which is a true testimony to such a wonderful program. From the front of the room, I enjoyed seeing everyone engage with who we are, and in some cases re-engage with what we are all about. This was a great activity. As you know this is a tough industry and we don’t always get the chance to show, tell, and in this case sing together, about who we are.
– Juanita Neely, Director of Sales & Marketing, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
Imagine 100 people, representing communities and organizations from across rural Minnesota, convened in a beautiful, historic ballroom. At first the focus is on Billy Kirsch, as he starts guiding us through the songwriting process. Then the magic starts to happen and the focus shifts to the words and lyrics emerging from our collective expression of our work and its importance to our state. Our song, “Minnesota’s better with Broadband” materializes in an amazingly short period of time and everyone’s singing along with gusto and pride. Fun. Easy. Meaningful. Including Kidbilly Music at this year’s broadband conference was money well spent.
– Bernadine Joselyn, Director Public Policy and Engagement, Blandin Foundation, Minnesota
There is always a sense of skepticism in whether you can encourage a group of corporate-minded individuals to participate in this type of event, but our employees really got into the spirit and, although starting slowly, really embraced the process. The videos taken from iPhones say it all – more than half the group on stage singing their hearts out, laughing, dancing, playing harmonicas and tambourines and the other half also singing along and taking photos and videos. What an incredible atmosphere – an evening that nobody wanted to end and wonderful memories to share and enjoy with so many others!
– Barry Noskeau, COO, ALTOUR
Working with Kidbilly was seamless. Communication and contracting were prompt, cordial and concise. They engaged our patients and caregivers in writing a song during a morning session and later brought those same people up on stage to perform the song for our entire group of 800 people at our dinner. They received a well deserved standing ovation and there were not many dry eyes in the house. I wholeheartedly recommend working with this amazing group of talented musicians.
– Jeri Webb, Associate VP, Conferences and Meetings, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
Everyone LOVED the experience and are still talking about it. We accomplished every outcome we had hoped for from the meeting, and your piece was a key aspect that helped bring some emotion and fun into the session. Thanks for all your hard work and support!
– Greg Hicks, Vice President, HR, Cigna
This was the best session ever! You are all incredibly talented. People are still talking about the songwriting session!
– Kelly Greene, Automation Specialist, Siemens Healthcare
THANK YOU! I do believe we have set the bar so high now for our closing event, that I’m nervous we won’t be able to top it! I really am thrilled with the way it turned out. Your team was awesome – you took a really tough crowd and got them to open up. A YouTube video one of our attendees posted went viral before we even left the room!
– Lauri Sherry, Travel & Events Manager, Logicalis, Inc.
What a great way to wrap up a meeting and send the troops forth to “slay the dragons”. Team building events can be “clunky” – this one was great! Even those of us who were not grabbing the microphone were coming up with lines for the song or at least phrases to work into the song. Lots of interplay and lots of laughs. Most importantly, darn near everyone participated. The video of the performance will likely last for many years to come. In my career, I’ve gone to lots of big sales meetings. The 2015-16 National Sales Meeting rates among the best I’ve attended. The team building event was the best in which I’ve ever participated. Very nice job!
– Barry Hintz, Senior Account Executive, Logicalis, Inc.
Awesome session – we all loved it and u rock!! Thank you!! Send me the recording of the song and we will put it up on our MTC website.
– Susan Seifert, Board of Directors, Maryland Tourism Coalition
The team building event got great feedback in our post-meeting survey and people have been asking for the videos from the performance. Thanks to you and your team for a great event, you did a great job!
– Ruth Davis, VP of Marketing, TravelClick Inc.
Thank you for bringing creativity and song to our 2012 Leadership summit. We created a unified message as one team, after our recent merger and acquisition process. You’ve been a pleasure to work with!
– Kate Modolo, Corporate Communications, ExpressJet Airlines
Thanks so much for the keynote. It had great impact and people all took away something different from the presentation which I thought was really cool, you’ve gotten pretty phenomenal kudos. One of our leaders is always the naysayer so he thought this idea was corny, and that you wouldn’t be able to complete a song about ENT. Well, you got him at the opening! He was engaged, he played the harmonica and then he told me that he was wrong and thought it was the best keynote he had ever heard! Thanks much for delivering!
– Robin L. Wagner, Executive Director, Association of Otolaryngology Administrators
Wow – what an event last night. The feedback has been overwhelming and 100% positive – “it was one of the greatest experiences of my life”, and “I would have come to the Deltek Executive Symposium just for this”. I can’t thank you enough for being so gracious and helpful through the process – you guys were terrific, and I’m proud to know you.
– Bill Clark, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Deltek, Washington, DC
Our group of hospital CEOs were not enthusiastic going into the team building session. As the process unfolded, they quickly became involved and were ready to perform! Some of them texted their spouses, letting them know they won the best song award! More than fun and games, though, this was an effective opportunity for our company’s leaders from across the country to work together in a non-stressful environment, to develop relationships that will be valuable networking sources for them throughout the year. Thanks, Billy!
– Susan Hassell, Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Quorum Health Resources, LLC
The event was lots of fun and we appreciate you coming out for our SuperStar day. You can absolutely use me as a reference!
– Deena Spicer, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Wescom Credit Union, Pasadena, CA
You were a pleasure to work with, helping with the planning process and going above and beyond. After a long day of educational meetings, this activity brought everyone back to life and out of their shells – creating a unified message about the importance of Jump$tart’s work with students. Thank you!
– Daniel Hebert, Director of Professional Development, Northeast Regional Director, Jump$tart Coalition
Based on our attendees’ statements, this was “the best meeting ever”. Part of this success is due to the fantastic team building program you provided. Our attendees had such a great time writing their PRA song. You and your songwriters did a tremendous job of getting our group to focus, channeling their creative energy and turning that energy into a humorous and insightful song about who we are and what we do at PRA. What a tremendous ending to our meeting!
– Jennifer Reighley, Manager of Franchise Performance, Allied PRA Destination Management
Kidbilly Music was the perfect ice breaker for our annual conference. Our attendees could not stop talking about it and I’m sure we will hear about it still for months to come. Attendees were excited to share their lyrics ideas with each other, and they were more engaged than ever by the end of the night. Billy and his team got everyone on their feet and helped set the tone for a great conference. Best of all, everyone was able to leave with a song to call their own.
– Caitlin McDanels, Marketing & Research Specialist, Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals
You certainly have the knack of drawing out attendees’ creativity and synthesizing random ideas into lyrics and music that capture the essence of the group. IRI’s attendees were still talking about the song writing presentation on their way to the airport.
– Christine M. Goldberg, Education & Conferences Consultant
We have been hearing RAVE reviews about the workshop – thank YOU SO MUCH. Everyone is saying it is literally the very best workshop they’ve ever attended. One said it’s a 100 on a scale of 10.
– Krista Vazquez, Conference Director, IIR USA
Thank you so much, Billy!!!! You were my favorite presenter out of the entire conference, and what a wonderful way to kick off our opening…. it really set the tone for what we were trying, and did, achieve. You are incredibly talented and I would ABSOLUTELY write a recommendation for you – please feel free to reference me for other SHRM conferences.
– France Gasquet, TN SHRM Conference Chair
Billy was an excellent choice for our opening Genereal Session. He kicked our meeting off in a creative way and got the camaraderie amongst our group working in a way that set the tone for our whole event!
– Michele Freeman, Texas Association of School Boards, Inc., MPI TEC annual conference.
Billy delivered an outside the box presentation about creativity. He had our creative juices flowing in a matter of minutes. He encouraged us to do something different to gain new ideas, reminded us there is no such thing as a bad idea and taught us to not be married to our ideas. We all came away with ways to think about our meetings, events, and even our lives in a very different way. As moderator, Billy kept the energy up and fully connected all 3 very different presentations. It’s always a joy having Billy in charge!
– Katie Rogers, Emdeon, MPI Director of Monthly Meetings
I had a great time at DIG this morning! Lauren did a wonderful job engaging all of us in the creative process and it was so much fun. I have to say that this has been one of the most productive days I have had in a long time. You are obviously so talented and I am grateful for the experience of working with you this morning.
– Susan Morley, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
I have to say it was the best program I have seen in quite awhile. You were able to engage the audience. Your presentation inspired me to try to be creative and I’ve found I do have creative ability. I hope we have an opportunity in the future to work together again.
– Deborah Schmann, CMP, Manager Travel & Events, CCA
Billy, you did an incredible job with our group, you are truly amazing and talented! You got us all out of our comfort zone, feeling creative and working together to come up with something great. I personally will be using your tips on being more creative. I can’t tell you how much it meant to HSMAI – You’re the best!!!
– Liese Leonard, VP Sales & Marketing, Roto – Rooter, HSMAI Board Member