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Everyday Health Murder Mystery Activity in Morristown, New Jersey

Everyday Health Murder MysteryIt seemed like an ordinary cocktail party but then suddenly there was a fight. A woman was breaking apart cigars but the company CEO had the last one. He rushed from the room. The room quieted again as the crowd from Everyday Health laughed and joked. They stood in line for drinks from a busy bartender. It had been a full day of meetings. They were ready to unwind. Suddenly the CEO lurched back into the room, spun around, sputtered, coughed and then dramatically fell over “dead.” Laura grabbed a nearby microphone, “Nobody move, this is a crime scene.” The Everyday Health Murder Mystery Team Building event in Morristown, New Jersey had begun!

Everyday Health Murder Mystery Team Building Activity in Morristown, NJ

The group moved to tables and began to question each suspect. Was it wise-cracking Mr. Brown, who had a wild excuse for why he was out of the room so often just before the murder? Was it quiet Ms. White who wouldn’t answer any questions and looked nervous? Was it zany Miss Red who offered several changing conspiracy theories?

After interviewing five suspects and examining the incriminating physical evidence (check book entries, airplane tickets, letters) each team concluded their investigation and named the murderer. There was much laughter and groans when the true villain came forward. Only one team had deduced the true criminal.

“That was fun!” said Joan Arata, SVP with Everyday Health.

This Murder Mystery was facilitated by Laura Lewis-Barr on November 16, 2016 at the Westin Hotel, 2 Whippany Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Laura-Lewis-BarrLaura Lewis-Barr is president of Traning4Breakthroughs, and she is an expert presentation skills coach based in Chicago, Illinois. She teaches team building events in Chicago, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, St Louis, and other cities in the Midwest, and works with clients all over the world.

Allstate Charade Murder Mystery at Team Retreat in Bethlehem PA

Allstate Team Retreat in Bethlehem, PAThe attorneys of Allstate Insurance gathered for a team retreat in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at the Sands Resort and Casino. The coordinating attorney was seeking a fun and different activity to the end the day and reached out to The Leader’s Institute® for suggestions. We recommended a Creating a Team Culture workshop. Hmm… is this the kind of unique event filled with fun they were anticipating? Well yeah. However, we they had us add the Charade Murder Mystery option to the workshop for extra laughs.

Attorneys Trying the Solve a Crime that They All Witnessed

Suspects in Allstate Murder Mystery Being HandcuffedI arrived on the scene and set up my PowerPoint presentation at the front of the room. I then warmed up the group with some introductions and handed out worksheets for participants to complete. While I covered the first few items on the agenda, there were several seemingly rude interruptions from the group. People were talking aloud, coughing, getting out of their seats, leaving the room… I played my part and put on my annoyed face. One of the attorneys returned to the room creating a ruckus. She then fell to the floor and was instantly pronounced dead! The Charade Murder Mystery had begun!

After I revealed my true identity (International Crime Fighter), I had the group identify the six suspects. The group decided to handcuff the suspects for everyone’s protection. The question then became, “Who Dunnit?” Details regarding a murderer, victim, conspiring individuals, illegal activities, and more started to unravel as teams examined the clues, interrogated the suspects, and began their own investigations.

Perfect Ending to Team Retreat in Bethlehem, PA

So, “Who Dunnit?” Well, if you were not there then we cannot tell. Nevertheless, one definitive fact remained; the group had that fun-filled activity they were anticipating. However, during the interrogations, they were laughing their heads off. Lots of fun! For details about a team retreat in Bethlehem or Allentown, or for a program anywhere in Pennsylvania, visit our Team Building in Philadelphia, PA page!

Michelle Riklan is president of Riklan Resources and an instructor for The Leader’s Institute® in the Northeast region. She is based in Marlboro, NJ but she also teaches in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other Northeast cities.

World Acceptance Corporation Charade Murder Mystery Columbia, Maryland

World-Acceptenharade-Murder-MysteryLaughter and more laughter! That was the atmosphere during a recent Charade Murder Mystery conducted recently for World Acceptance Corporation. Erik Brown, Vice President of Operations, introduced the event with the highest praise for The Leaders Institute® -– this was their third team building event with TLI. Six supervisors from World Acceptance had agreed to take on the roles for the Charade. They sat at a table in the middle of the room, seeming to participate in the memory challenge and the listening exercise. But something was wrong. Why was Mr. Brown following Mr. Red outside the room? Why was Mr. Green so upset? Soon Mr. Black entered and performed a long, hilarious death scene, complete with moans, groans and upending furniture.

Soon the 70+ attendees were interviewing the suspects. The supervisors improvised beautifully and red herrings filled the room.

At the end, only about 20% of the teams had named the actual murderer of Mr. Black. But it didn’t matter. There was much laughter as teams found ways to creatively implicate each of the suspects.

A supervisor who played the manipulative schemer, said, “I was a skeptic at first but I had a great time. It was really fun for everyone, and I love the way the event came together!

TLI improviser Laura Lewis-Barr led this charade at the Columbia Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I70 SW, Columbia, MO 665203.

Laura-Lewis-BarrLaura Lewis-Barr is president of Traning4Breakthroughs, and she is an expert presentation skills coach based in Chicago, Illinois. She teaches team building events in Chicago, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, St Louis, and other cities in the Midwest, and works with clients all over the world.

Truman Medical Centers WIC Program does Creating a Team Culture and Charade Murder Mystery near Kansas City, Missouri


Truman Medical Centers WIC program staff gathered for an annual day of team building activities recently outside of Kansas City, Missouri. They included a Creating a Team Culture workshop and a Charade Murder Mystery activity. As the largest WIC provider in the state of Missouri, Truman Medical Centers (TMC) is currently contracted to serve 14,500 participants each month at multiple clinic locations in Blue Springs, Grandview, Independence and Kansas City. The group of 45 people that gathered for this event does all the jobs involved in running the program – supervisors and managers, nutritionists, and support staff.

Creating a Team Culture is a great half-day workshop for covering four sets of people principles that deal with communication. The group was engaged and lively as they learned the principles and did fun exercises to drive the points home. Laughter echoed through the room as people recognized common behaviors and poked gentle fun at each other.

As the group transitioned to the Charade Murder Mystery program, there was some initial confusion about what was going on. Suddenly, one of the key program managers dramatically keeled over in a “death” scene that caught everyone’s attention! It became clear that we were switching gears, and the groups around the room buzzed with excitement as they examined evidence, interviewed suspects, and did their best to solve the “crimes”.

“This was a lot of fun! Everyone had a really good time.” —Brenda Brewer, Truman Medical Centers WIC Program

The combination of a session like Creating a Team Culture that focuses more directly on communication practices coupled with a program designed as more of a game can be a great recipe for any group. If you’re looking for opportunities to engage your group in great discussions as well as have some fun together, consider including Creating a Team Culture and any one of our other team building activities in your next conference.

Ellen Patnaude

Ellen Patnaude is Vice President of Instruction for the Northeast region. She is based in Detroit, Michigan, but she also teaches in Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toronto, Baltimore and other Northeast cities.

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US Bankruptcy Court Murder Mystery Team Building Event on The Illinois River

24 members of the US Bankruptcy Court from St. Louis met at Pere Marquette  State Park on the Illinois River near Grafton, Illinois. After a time of instruction in Team Building they were surprised to find out that they would spend the afternoon solving a murder mystery involving 6 of their co-workers. Once the crime took place the group was divided into 4 teams that took time interviewing each of the 6 suspects. Once the interviews were complete they tallied their notes and named their primary suspect with the evidence and motives. Finally the culprit was revealed. He made a break for it but was captured and arrested.

It was a fun time of interaction for everyone and even the suspects enjoyed themselves.  The Charade Murder Mystery Team Building Event is a fun and exciting event that gets people working together for a common cause. There is a lot of laughter and everyone gets a chance to participate. Those are important aspects of team building. When teams are cohesive there is a spirit that pervades the team, and that spirit is often revealed in laughter. When teams get along and are making progress there is an attitude of cooperation and tolerance that can often be demonstrated by people having a good time. So the best teams share laughter.

Another good demonstration of an effective team is when members participate. That means that each team member realizes they have a significant role to play on the team. So each member participates in the work of the team and contributes to the overall success.

Take a look at your team. Do you see a lot of laughter? Do you witness participation and valuable contributions from each member? If not, maybe it’s time to call the Leader’s Institute and plan a Charade- Murder Mystery Team Building Event for your group.

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