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Add Fun Team Building Events to Any Meeting

Fun Team BuildingBelow are a couple of quick things that you can do to add fun team building events to any meeting. Add Fun Team Building Events to Any Meeting.

Ask your team how they would describe most meetings around the office, and most likely (even if you are a really good leaders) you will still hear words like…
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It’s not your fault. We live in such a busy world that we often have to try to fit a bunch of information into a short period of time (or even worse, a long period of time). As a result, we begin to fall into what folks in the industry call “data dumping”. Below are a couple of quick things that you can do to add fun team building events to any meeting.

Add Fun Team Building Events to Any Meeting

  • Cut Down on the Content: A little content covered really well is much, much better than a lot of content that everyone forgets by the end of the day. I know time is short, but if you cover a little content in an energetic and fun way, you will create building-blocks with your team so that in future meetings, you can build on the past successes. If you cover a bunch of stuff, and your team only retains a small percentage of it, you will be frustrated as the retention drops over time.
  • Give the Team Free Time: If your team is booked for a convention or annual meeting, and they start at 7:30 AM and end at 9:00 PM, they will absolutely hate it (no matter how beneficial the content and the meetings are). If you have a jam-packed schedule, it doesn’t matter how many “fun activities” that you add to the agenda, they will hate the meeting. Instead of having every meal with the entire group, give them a per diem and let them get outside of the hotel. If you are at a resort, make sure and give them some time to enjoy the pool or the beach.
  • Speed Up Your Speeches: I know this goes against conventional wisdom, but the old tip to “slow down when you are in front of a group” is something you should always disregard. When you speak faster, you are pushing energy into the room. Think about the way that presenters on infomercials speak. Are they slow and methodical covering tons of data, or do they speak quickly and with energy and enthusiasm? The do the latter, because the faster speech and energy captures attention and holds the attention of the audience for longer periods of time.
  • Insert Professional Team Facilitators: The bigger your group, the more difficult it is to deliver a high-energy, fun team building event. So, it is a good idea to bring in a professional facilitor if the outcome is important. Limit the team activity to a couple of hours at most, and the group will be able to stay enthused throughout the entire time period. You’ll also want to schedule the fun event late afternoon and at the very end of your meeting if possible. If you schedule the team activity too early in the day, then anything that you do later in the day will seem pretty boring in comparison. If you schedule it too late, then the group will be tired and the energy of the event will suffer. Schedule the team activity as the last thing that you do, and your team will leave the event having the fun, high energy activity in the front of their minds. That warm feeling will transfer over to the entire meeting.

Do these things, and you will add fun and energy to any meeting!

To Gain Cooperation from Others, Show Enthusiasm and Energy

Enthusiasm is by far the highest paid quality on earth,
probably because it is one of the rarest; yet it is one of
the most contagious.
Frank Bettger


Have you ever noticed that the most successful people in just about any industry are the early risers?  Ben Franklin called this group of people the “Six O’clock Club.”  Franklin spent the first hour of his day planning the events of his day (to do this he invented the Franklin Planner) and reading.  He often claimed that the first hour of his day was the most important.  How does this relate to raising your own energy level?  We have a choice every morning when we wake up.  Do I want to hit the snooze bar a few times, or do I want to put some energy and enthusiasm into my day?

Frank Bettger, in his book How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling, said that if he had to narrow down to one thing why he has been so successful, it would be enthusiasm.  His enthusiasm was what moved him from a “second rate bush league making $25 a week” to the starting shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals.  His enthusiasm was also what transformed him from a washout in sales to the most successful insurance agent of his time.  Where did his enthusiasm come from?  He says that he didn’t have any enthusiasm in the beginning, but he faked it.  He acted like he was enthusiastic, and behold he was.  After a few successes, the enthusiasm came easy.

You have the same choice in your own life.  When a dirty job has to be done, jump in with lots of enthusiasm and gusto.  When you have a challenging project that no one else wants to do, you can use that project as an opportunity to get yourself noticed.

Everyone wants to be around people who are going somewhere.  The person who sets out to enthusiastically get to the next level will attract tons of followers.  Enthusiasm is contagious.

Take the advice of Franklin and Bettger and raise your energy level and the people around you will stop and take notice.


Week #3: Gain Enthusiastic Cooperation; Show Enthusiasm and Energy


Secret to Great Presentations: ENTHUSIASM

By Doug Staneart

If you take only one piece of advice about public speaking, make sure that it is this pearl of wisdom. If you focus on this one simple thing, the number of times you say “uhm” won’t matter. If you focus on this one thing, your gestures and not knowing what to do with your hands won’t matter. If you focus on this one thing, then the occasional loss of train of thought won’t matter. In fact, if you focus on this one simple thing, you can break just about every rule that public speakers are supposed to abide by, and you will still win over your audience.

This one simple rule has transformed countless mediocre speakers into good speakers, scores of good speakers into great speakers, and numerous great speakers into world-class speakers.

This simple rule that can make or break a speaker is… ENTHUSIASM.

That’s right, if you have a little excitement in your talk and a spring in your step, people pay attention. Your audience will have just about as much excitement about your talk as you do, and no more. So, if you want to win over your audience, add a sparkle of enthusiasm.

One of my mentors told me that there are two rules to live by in the world of professional speakers. She said, “Rule number one is to never speak on a topic that you yourself are not enthusiastic about, and rule number two is that if you ever violate rule number one, fake it ’til you make it.”

Frank Bettger in his book How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling said it a different way. He said, “If you act enthusiastic, then you’ll be enthusiastic.”

For those of us who get nervous in front of groups, it’s even easier. In the previous chapter I pointed out that 90% of our nervousness doesn’t even show. Let’s look at the other 10%. When we are nervous, we often cut out preambles and get right to the point, our rate of speech typically speeds up, we tend to move around a lot more, and we may move our hands around more than normal. Well, when we are excited about something, we do the exact same things.

Years ago, when I was a sales manager, I was often amazed at the number of times that a brand new sales person without a lot of product knowledge and absolutely no experience, could close sale after sale while my more seasoned people were struggling. The more times I went on sales calls with these new people, the more I started to notice a pattern. New salespeople are often nervous, so when they walk into an office on a sales call, they tend to cut right to the chase. They also generally talk faster because they are afraid they’ll forget something. They have a tough time sitting still because of the nervousness, so they move around a lot.

I noticed that these symptoms of nervousness worked to the advantage of these new salespeople, because their prospects looked across the table at salespeople who appeared to be extremely enthusiastic about what they were selling. I would imagine that these potential buyers were saying things to themselves like, “if this person believes so much in this product, it must be good.”

We as speakers can also use our nervousness to our advantage. When we turn that pent up nervousness into energy and enthusiasm, our audience can’t help but be energized as well.

Doug Staneart, is CEO of The Leader’s Institute® Entrepreneur Workshops. He can be reached toll-free at 1-800-872-7830.

Put Sizzle in Your Presentation With Unique Stories

By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/The Leader’s Institute

What?! Snow in Florida? Inside the gates of one of America’s most visited attractions? Yes, Cinderella lost her slipper in the slush, and it is raining Iguanas in the sunshine state. I dressed most of our plants as blanket mummies hoping to keep freezing temperatures out and plant life in.

Our phone rings and the caller speaks “lizard.” The Iguana tale has captured our imagination, tickled our funny bone and kept our attention. We humans love a good story, and Florida’s unladylike winter temperatures have given us a colorful book of them. (The iguanas will scurry back up the trees as soon as warmer temperatures defrost their little innards.)

Put Stories Into Your Presentation. Use your own stories to help you make a point or explain a premise. Your audience will understand and relax much more quickly if you tell them a story.

Stories of the “unusual” capture our attention. We remember the “different” story. We even repeat it. If you want to get your audience’s attention while making a presentation, tell them a unique story about yourself that supports your main point.

Persuade me to listen to the facts – wrap your stories in the cloak of drama, humor, or the oddities of real life. The sooner you tell me a colorful story to make a point – the quicker you will get buy-in.

Put compelling and visual details into your storytelling – call your iguana by name, tell us about walking him on a leash and how you are rescuing the once “pet” iguanas from the freeze.

I checked in with our backyard lizards and they are content to let sleeping lizards lie, but I will be telling stories about them!

Enthusiasm Can Turn Boring Material Into Exciting Material

Enthusiasm Can Turn Boring Material Into Exciting Material
By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor The Leader’s Institute

Chris Martin of Coldplay believes that enthusiasm is more important than just about anything when it comes to wowing crowds.”  We rely more on enthusiasm than actual skill,” he told 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft. “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically and people will like it more. “I can’t dance like Usher. I can’t sing like Beyonce. I can’t write songs like Elton John,” he said. “But, we can do the best we can with what we’ve got. We just go for it .” And repeatedly, Cold Play brings the crowd to its feet.

Enthusiasm, however, is not owned by performing artists. Bring it to your work, your presentations. You say “I can’t do that.” And I say, “Yes you can.”

All you have to do is follow the advice of my favorite English Professor. Professor Chase turned “Old English” into vivid, memorable stories, by using speed, changes in volume lively movement, bigger gestures, and altering the tone to fit the emotion of the message. Oh, did I mention that he jumped on his desk hypnotizing us with soliloquies from Mc Beth?

Professor Chase gave students information and told stories like they should be told; lively, with gestures that matched the story, change of tone and volume. And he used the whole room to tell his tales. The bad guys sounded really bad and the mysteries he told, pulled you right into the land of bards and wizards.

Like Chris Martin, Professor Chase understood the power of enthusiasm. Like all good communicators, both men bring life to words. Use these five tools to turn an okay performance or presentation into a presentation that your colleagues and boss will envy.  You can learn how to put enthusiasm into your presentation and become a first class speaker in Fearless Presentations a two day course with The Leader’s Institute.

  • Speed – put your foot on the gas to create interest and drama
  • Volume – get your audience to listen by raising & dropping the volume
  • Movement – create interest and energy by moving
  • Bigger Gestures – go on, give up a little control. Talk with your hands. Keep your audience’s attention through bigger gestures that have impact and drama; and keep your audience’s attention.
  • Tone – change the tone to stress main points of your presentation. Put emphasis on the points that you want your audience to remember.

The best information can be no better than the presenter.

“You” bring the magic to your presentation.

Go on, be an enthusiastic presenter of information.

Make people say, “wow!”

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