My mom was a pretty amazing person. In addition to being, arguably, the best mother ever, she was a professional model, an actress, a fantastic dancer, a natural comedian, and a skilled painter. On the creative side of life, there was not much she couldn’t do.
So what was different about my mom, than most people? Was she wired differently? Did she have superbly creative genetic makeup? The answer to these questions is NO! The reason my mom did these things was because she chose to! She embraced her artistic self.
So, here’s my question for you: Have you ever written a song, a story, or a poem? Have you thought about being a singer, or a musician? How bout writing a novel, or creating a painting?
Most adults mistakenly believe they have no artistic talent or vision. That is pretty sad. The truth is, all human beings have the innate ability to be creative. They just, somewhere along the way, in life, discard that notion.
Teambuilding Through Song
One person, I admire, who has clearly embraced his creative side, is Billy Kirsch. Billy is President, Founder, and “Instigator in Chief” for a Nashville-based company called Kidbilly Music. Billy’s company specializes in helping organizations engage their attendees at events, by providing “Team Building Through Song.”
Billy hand-picked a team of talented, award-winning songwriters to function as facilitators at these events. And…. Billy’s no slouch himself. Among his creative accomplishments is the award winning country hit, “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” recorded by Steve Wariner, in 2000. To listen to that song right now click here.
The Team Building through Song program can be done with groups of all sizes. A key planning consideration is to provide a sufficient number of songwriters in proportion to the group’s size. Billy recommends ideally groups of no more than 20-25 ppl per songwriter. I have participated in two programs thus far, featuring Kidbilly Music. At both events, I was impressed at how engaged the attendees became. (Full disclosure: I am a songwriter myself so I love this stuff)
Watch this quick video to acquaint yourself with Kidbilly Music:
A Musical Solution to Attendee Engagement!
So you are probably wondering how does the “Teambuiding Through Song” program work. Here are the basics:
Step One: Exercise Overview — Kidbilly Music’s Leader explains the entire process to the group as a whole. This takes maybe 5-10 minutes max
Step Two: Small Groups — Group adjourns to small groups (ideally in separate, secluded rooms or areas) to begin work on their songs. One songwriter/facilitator is assigned to each small group.
Step Three: Creativity Begins — The small groups do a brainstorm session to identify concepts and words around the song (a central theme or idea) Everyone participates.
Note: Usually a Flipchart pad or two is provided to document the ideas as they are expressed.
Step Four: Song is Born! — The song is crafted, by the small group. Sometimes the verses are done first, or perhaps the chorus and then the verses. It just flows. The songwriters only provide enough stimuli to get people thinking and they help of course, with creating the melody of the song.
Step Five: Song is finished — The team practices singing it and then it is recorded live.
Step Six: Sharing the Results — The whole group reconvenes and each team sings their songs for the other teams. To add a competitive element to the program songs can be judged and prizes awarded.
Total Time Expended– 1 to 1 1/2 hours
So what is the value, for event organizers, of Teambuilding Through Song? A couple of things come to mind:
Collaboration — If your organization’s goal is to foster teamwork within it’s culture then this is an excellent program to jump-start the effort. The program truly does build a sense of camaraderie and strengthen relationships, amongst participants.
Trust — Kidbilly Music’s program also helps break down barriers and inhibitions and sets up a trusting environment to hold an event. If you wish to generate an atmosphere of creativity and innovation then one of these programs will tee up your event to naturally put participants into that state of mind.
If you are seeking to “juice up” your event, then “Teambuilding Through Song” may be just the solution for you. At the very least, your attendees will have a lot of fun!
Question: If you have participated in one of these “Teambuilding Through Song” events, what is your perception of the outcome? If not, how would you envision utilizing creativity to get your attendees fired up?