Yes, you read that right! Singing Telegrams can be a wonderful way to show your team some appreciation and give them an injection of Joy! We at Creative Learning Society recently began offering Singing Telegram services to our clients and we can not help but notice the immediate positive impact it is having on teams. Whether a telegram is delivered virtually or in-person the songs and the enthusiasm is infectious...in a good way! Its not about the quality of the voice delivering the telegram it is the intention behind it!
You can use the singing telegram as a "gift" or presentation to your team or the entire concept can be turned into a full blown team building experience. A few of our suggestions are below. If you would like us to facilitate any of the options listed below give us a call at 713.876.2585
1. Outsource a Singing Telegram - Hire a service to show up in-person or virtually for your team and perform a song. This can be an easy hands off way to lighten the day and show appreciation
2. Management Singing Telegram Performance - Gather your co-workers and prepare a fun singing sketch to deliver to your team. These can be delivered at meetings, cubicle-side, in the lunch room or ZOOM Meeting! This option delivers on so many levels. Its gets management working together on something fun and shows immense concern and appreciation for employees. It is also a great jumping off point for a greater team building exercise!
3. Singing Telegram Team Building - Separate everyone into teams of 5 or less people, and give them the task of creating a singing telegram (one song) for the other teams or a team of judges, Set a time limit to complete the task and give them space to create. Make sure the teams know the venue they will use to present their telegram aka Zoom or In-person and set some specific rules as needed to fit your company standards etc... This team building is ideal for any environment, even Remote teams and can be used in a day to day interaction or at a larger meeting or conference!
Call Creative Learning Society to Facilitate a Team Building Activity t 713.876.2585
Come One Come All to join us in our first ever Mystery Book Club (Society). We are joining forces and having a good time while we get out Mystery On! This is a Virtual Book Club and we will meet Once every two weeks via Zoom to discuss our book and other mysterious things! If you are local to the Houston area, I will arrange a once a month meeting for everyone to get together in-person and Gab,Gab,Gab away!
As you may or may not know, a major focus of my business is Social Murder Mystery Events. Two years ago I began writing my own mystery stories for the Murder Mystery events and I think a Mystery Book Club is the perfect armchair partner to those in-person events. It is the problem solving and suspense that makes these types of stories so intriguing for me. I have been reading murder mystery books since I was in junior high and Agatha Christie remains my all time favorite author of mystery. She has a way of setting up plot line which draws me in and turns me into a detective. I want to be able to solve the crime before she does! Her novels are classic and set the scene for my frame of reference as to what a mystery novel should be. The Book Club is sure to feature Agatha Christie Novels but we will absolutely branch out to other authors and explore.
Book Club Membership Options
1. You may join the Book Club for $25/month and I will purchase and ship the books to you. Each month I will include a special gift in your book shipment that is related to our story. You will receive our Book Club book Monthly even of you are not able to participate in the Book Club Meetings. You still get to enjoy the stories.
2. You may purchase the Books on your own. I will provide links to both the Paper Books, Audio Books and Digital Download Books every month. Please be advised that the links I provide may be affiliate links.
To Sign up for Book Club please click here: https://creative-learning-soceity.square .site
Our first Book is "Death on the Nile" by Agatha Christie - sorry I had to start there! Our first Virtual Book Club Meeting will be held Wednesday April 29th via Zoom Meeting! Once you sign up for Book Club (Monthly Membership or Buy your own Membership) I will send you our private Zoom Meeting Link with additional instructions for downloading the app etc... How exciting!
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One of my favorite stress relievers is coloring. Yes I am older than 10 but hey! isn't coloring something everyone can and should be able to enjoy? When I was in school I would bring coloring books to use after tests and finals. The simple act of coloring provided an escape for my mind and allowed me to relax and shift the focus to the creative side of my brain...this made me happy!
When it comes to team building, it is really important that we recognize that our team members may need a way to de-stress and take a mental break between activities. Think of coloring as a pallet cleanser. When you are fortunate enough to dine in a fine restaurant with a multiple course meal, they provide a small bite of food that they refer to as a pallet cleanser. This allows the diner to wipe the slate clean and prepare for the next course. I suggest we use coloring for the exact same thing. If you are having a conference or string of meetings build in time for a coloring break. Yes you may get some strange looks but adults are just big kids and if the leader and one other person in the participate, you will see a domino effect and soon everyone will be coloring.
Having a long meeting? Put some coloring pages out on the table and colors to allow people to take these at their leisure. Some people are tactile and kinesthetic learners this means that they learn best and focus best when their body is engaged in activity or movement. Allow your adult team members to use this technique to keep them focused and engaged.
The attached document has 5 different Adult Coloring Pages. Feel free to download and print these options. You can find additional coloring pages online.
Have fun my friends!
I can hear it now....Da..Dum..Da...Da....Da..Dum..Da..Dum...Da...Dum..Da..Da..Da..Da. Its the Pink Panther playing in the background as you announce this new Team Building game! We are going to play Detective and solve a crime! Yes! This fun and interactive Mini Mystery can be played in 30 minutes with your teams. Everything you need is included in the attachment below with the exception of some fantastic costumes.... No acting is required. Everyone is a detective and they must work together. This is the perfect game to exercise problem solving and cooperation skills. Wondering what lies beneath the download? Here is a preview
Detectives You have a Mission
It is 6:45PM when you are handed a message from an out of breath courier wearing a brown suit pants, white shirt and suspenders. He removes his hat as he runs into the station yelling, “Urgent! Urgent! I have a message for the detectives!”. Once the message is handed to the detectives, he quickly takes his leave. You read the note and immediately proceed to the address
The Letter reads....
I implore you to come at once to 12567 Pearson Street. There has been an insurmountable tragedy. I cannot speak of the details in this letter, I must see you in person. This is life or death. Don’t be long… I will wait as long as I can…the clock is ticking…
Do you accept the Mission?
Quick Note: Do Not Peak at the Solutions on Page 1 if you want to be suprised.
Who doesn't love a good old fashioned game of Bingo? This is the perfect game to play with your team whether they work in the same office as you or if they work remotely. It is engaging, easy to manage and fun!
Purpose: Bingo is a familiar and fun game. This elongated version is a non-intrusive way to connect with your team, encourage interaction and build a routine. This can be played in an office environment or with a remote team.
This game is designed to be played over a set amount of days or weeks.
Have fun with this one. Its almost too easy. Stay ontop of posting the Bingo Numbers and make a Big Deal when someone wins! Prizes can be anything you chose.
This weeks team building exercise has a very special place in my heart because it helps you tie in customer service. If a business wants to be successful it needs to help their teams become successful with customers. In today's world where everyone wants it bigger, faster and better; our customers have access to a virtual 31 flavors of providing customer reviews and feedback. You cant move two clicks without seeing a customer review. Smart companies will make time to focus on how their employees are performing in customer relations and will invest in the learning and support their teams need to succeed. This weeks exercise, emphasizes the need for our teams to explain themselves when communicating with customers. Our customers need to know the how, who, what, why , when and where. We are the experts in our fields and we know why we are asking "the questions" but our customers do not. It is an easy skill to forget as we are all weighed down with more work and more deadlines, but a simple reminder of how uncomfortable a poor exchange between a company representative and a customer can be when things are not explained may be all your teams needs to jump start their engines. Please enjoy this weeks team builder!
Are you talking to me?
Purpose: Demonstrate the importance of explaining the who, when, where, why and what of a process when working with a customer. This exercise also builds team awareness of how they can support their team in customer service interactions.
The key component the participants should take away from this exercise is the importance of explaining your actions with a customer. When a customer is well informed they are more likely to respond positively because they understand the reasons for your actions or questions. It is also a great way to build trust in the customer relationship and that goes a long way when looking to strengthen the likelihood of return business.
I am so excited about the One Minute Obstacle Course! This is a challenge I would love to participate in. This is just the right kind of silly fun to facilitate real team learning! Ready-Set-Go!
The One Minute Obstacle Course
Purpose: Develops a team’s ability to rely on each other, without outside resources, to succeed and or complete a challenge. This is a great challenge to bolster trust, communication, problem solving and listening skills and simulate working under pressure or deadlines
Conclusion / Debrief
To conclude the activity. Announce the winners and if you chose, have a metal ceremony like the Olympics! Stores such as Party City have these metals and small award statues for purchase at a very economical price. After the awards are given out, ask the teams a few questions to help them cement what they learned from the activity.
Typical courses involve obstacles the participants must climb over, crawl under, balance, hang, jump, etc. Puddles of muddy water, ropes/nets, and "no touch" restrictions are often used to make the course more difficult. Items you can use in an Obstacle Course
6.Stackle Blocks or cups
8.Laundry Baskets from the dollar store
10.Small orange cones
11.Spoons and hard boiled eggs
12.A kids golf set
13.Trash Can Basketball
14.Sand or Water Pails – to carry or fill another object
17.Toilet Paper Toss
18.Nerf Dart Board
19.Pool Floats (big funny ones to make someone wear to increase difficulty)
Are you looking for a super quick and super easy way to do some team building that wont feel like forced fun? This activity is the answer to your team building dreams! Well not really, but it's close. This activity is made for the long hall. Its something you can use all year long and actually allow team members to engage in at their own pace...no more "Forced Fun"! Best of all, this is a great activity for REMOTE teams. It encourages engagement and can help build relationships without the need to set aside time for a meeting or separate activity. It's a break room, roll at your own pace activity!
Prompt and Circumstance - is a journal activity. You start the journal with a prompt and let everyone contribute. Each week you add a new prompt and perhaps even let your team members add a prompt. As the weeks go by, your team will open up and hopefully share some laughs. You can even try photo prompts for a "Caption This" or a What's the story"
Check out the attachment below for instructions.
Get outside and go on a Bear Hunt with your Team!!!
This activity is so much fun and it gets you and your team physically "out of the box". This is a great energizer and can help improve their interpersonal skills and reliability of the team members. Give this a try on a Good Weather Day and you and your team will thoroughly enjoy!
Use: Ice Breaker, Afternoon Energizer, Team communication, Team Reliability
Purpose: This is an outdoor exercise that can be used as an energizer or as a tool to improve team communications and influence teams to begin relying on each other rather than the leader for support and direction.
This quick and fun exercise will be the ultimate refresher on a good day. There is no need to officially debrief the group. But make note of any observations you have about how well they worked together when they needed a lifeline. Ask a few questions to guage how much interaction the teams had with each other. Praise when needed and offer positive redirection or ask for suggestions from the team for how they could improve the next time they play.
I am so excited about this week's team building exercise. If you have any fond child hood memories of playing dodge ball on the playground, this exercise is for you and you can play it at work!
Paper Dodge Ball
Use: Ice Breaker, Afternoon Energizer, Welcome Back, New Hire Orientation
Purpose: This exercise is fun, it ss silly and it is a reminder of one the favorite childhood games. Use this an icebreaker before an event, a refresher after lunch a welcome back after a long weekend or a perfect getting to know you game. This game is meant to allow the participants to get up and use their body and well as a little bit of their mind.
Materials: This exercise requires several sheets of paper, at least one sheet of paper per person playing the game. This can be played in a conference room, an office, over a desk, a dining table a rec room, training room or living room. This game can even be played outside in good weather. Each team member will need a pen or a pencil.
Setup: It’s so simple…I mean that! See below
I believe I said it best above so here it is again. At the end of the game, unroll the paper balls and give everyone a few minutes to read them. If you have time, allow everyone to share and discuss the answers. This info can be used as a way to connect with, appreciate or motivate team members.
Post these in a public place for everyone to see and share for at least a week after the game. This is a great way to learn about the people you are working with in any capacity and its just fun to throw paper!