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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.

NCCPA Rescue Bear Team Building Event in Annapolis, Maryland

Connie Timpson
Connie Timpson is Vice President of Instruction for the Southeast Region. She is based in Jacksonville, Florida, but she also facilitates team building events in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Atlanta, and other Southeastern cities.

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, or NCCPA broke from meetings and exams in Annapolis, Maryland, to create Rescue Bears team building event for sick kids, and in a fun way, learn how to work with different personalities.  These folks are the nice guys who assist your main physician.  They specialize in everything from spine to obstetrics.  Today they laughed while learning about different personalities, and dressing some cuddly bears like they normally dress – in scrubs with masks.

These cuties will go to ailing kids in the Washington DC area at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.  There, the Child Life Specialist will take over.  Remember when you were four or five – a lot of things were scary.  One of the biggest, baddest, scariest things for a child, is being hospitalized.  Even the doctors who are there to help them get well, may seem like giants wearing masks.

Child Life Specialists, a sort of childs’ social worker, at Anne Arundel, work to take away the fear by walking the kids through just what will happen to them.  What a relief for Mom and Dad!  An IV, “Yes it will pinch, but this will give you medicine to make you feel better.  And this sweet bear will guide you through the whole thing.”

These cuddly animals will be there to rescue the child.  NCCPA folks learned about themselves and each other.  What makes each personality type unique, and how they relate to each other.  As they learned, and laughed, they stuffed and dressed “Rescue Bears”  for children who really need rescuing, a gentle hug from a little friend, dressed in his “Physician’s Assistant” best. 

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  • Independent Project Analysis Gives Away Bikes in Lansdowne, Virginia Independent Project Analysis, which helps companies in the  more effective use of capital in their businesses, held a Build-A-Bike Team Building Event at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia, (suburb of Washington, DC near Washington Dulles Airport) which culminated with the group donating 36 bikes to children in need from the surrounding community. Approximately 230 people ...
  • InfoComm includes Build-A-Bike Team Building Event near Washington, DC InfoComm International held their regular Executive Committee meeting near Washington, DC and included a Build-A-Bike team building event as a way to give back to the community and have some fun together. InfoComm International is the leading nonprofit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide. Founded in 1939, the association offers industry expertise and market ...
  • Energy Filled Fearless Presentations Class in Washington DC A great group of people met in Washington DC to overcome their fear of public speaking and to improve their presentation skills.  One of the key learning points for the group was understanding how important energy and enthusiasm is to a presentation.  There is an old saying that, “people will not get excited about your ...
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United Healthcare’s Golfs over 1500 lbs of Food to Food Pantry in Cambridge, Maryland

200 employees of the Northeast region of United Healthcare came together in Cambridge, Maryland, for an Ace Race Team Building Event. The opportunity was a great experience for team building, fun, friendly competition, and to donate food to a local food pantry. Everyone had fun designing a miniature golf hole and then competing to make an “Ace” (hole-in-one) at each hole. The courses consisted of 2 nine hole courses and 1 six hole course, each with mats of felt for the green and non-perishable food items to construct the holes and obstacles. Each hole provided a challenge and fun to all of the participants. The fun and learning culminated in all of the food items being donated to the food pantry that gladly received the donation. There was learning, fun and a great feeling at the end of the event.

The Ace Race Team Building Event is a fun way to teach some basic team building principles while having fun and giving back to the community. The teams were formed randomly but each team had to use the experience and talents of the members to complete the tasks. Some people are good at the design of the golf holes, others have the ability to put the parts together in a specific order to construct the holes: others have the ability to hit the golf ball and make the critical shot; still others are able to organize the individuals to get the best from each one. The best teams are those that recognize how each individual can contribute to the team and then cheers them on to make significant contributions.

Thanks United Healthcare for a great team building event and for making a significant contribution to those in need. May the Ace Race Golf Team Building experience benefit you as your gracious gift to the food pantry will benefit so many. (The Ace Race Team Event is offered, not only in the greater Washington, DC area, but in major cities all over the world.)

Hilton Hotels in Baltimore Maryland Create a Memorable and Philanthropic Rescue Bear Team Building Workshop

Hilton Hotels in Baltimore Maryland Create a Memorable and Philanthropic Rescue Bear Team Building Workshop: Fun and Team Building were the goals of this exciting and memorable event located on-site to one of Baltimore, Maryland‘s most beautiful hotels located right next door to the Historic Camden Yards (home to the Baltimore Oriels).  Members of the Luxury Brand of the Hilton Family of Hotels participated in tam building activities that focused around communication, problem solving, and most important, FUN!!
And, the big winners were the Baltimore Police Department.  They will be the recipients of the awesome stuffed animals that the teams worked together by solving clues to earn all the supplies necessary to assemble the stuffed animals.  To say that everyone fun was said to be an understatement.  The laughter was from beginning to end with this incredible event.
If you would like your group to participate in a fun, challenging, and true bonding time contact The Leaders Institute to get information on the Rescue Bear Team Building Workshop.

Public Speaking Class Participants Sell Their Message in Fearless Presentations in Baltimore

Public speaking class participants from around the Greater Washington DC area came to the Fearless Presentations ® seminar in Baltimore to improve their ability to sell their message. Every time you speak in public you have a goal for that presentation. In the Baltimore Fearless Presentations ® class there were many goals. One participant wanted to convince the board of his non-profit agency to expand their mission internationally. Another was seeking help with a speech to a national association on how to get their message out through social media. And another was looking for ways to improve an internal training course.

Fearless Presentations ® does much more than reduce your public speaking fear. The Baltimore class learned how to be clear and concise, while adding impact to their presentations. So the participant who was addressing his board learned how the use of analogy could help carry his message. The woman who will be speaking to a national association learned the power of personal stories. And the internal trainer learned multiple ways to add enthusiasm and energy to her presentations.

Whatever issues are troubling you in public speaking, can be answered in Fearless Presentations ®. Join us in a city near you soon. If you do you’ll have a smile on your face like these folks in Baltimore.

Rick Highsmith

The Leader’s Institute ®

For a Complete List of Upcoming Classes, Visit the upcoming presentation skills classes post. You can can click here for details about the Fearless Presentations ® class.

Creative Fun in Washington DC area Build-A-Bike

Kuoni Destination Management worked with BNY Mellon Performance and Risk Analytics to host a Leaders Institute ® Build-A-Bike ® event at the Gaylord National in Oxon Hill, Maryland. 65 participants built 12 bikes that were given to the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland. It was a fun afternoon and each person had a great time of laughter with a purpose. BNY representatives came from across the country for three days of meetings, the highlight being the Build-A-Bike ® event where they could relax, let their hair down and have fun, all with a philanthropic twist that gave everyone a great feeling.

Twelve teams built bikes but realized in the end that there was one team with one goal, not 12 groups competing with each other. The purpose was to build bikes for a well-deserving charity and well-deserving children. Along the way the groups got caught up in frustrations and competition, attitudes that had to be overcome to make the event successful. Often times in corporate setting different divisions, different locations, different subgroups within the organization will act if they are competition with each other, when in reality they are on the same team working for a common cause. When members within the same company compete with each other the whole company suffers. One aspect that BNY participants realized was that it can be very important to the overall goals and god of a company to be cheerleaders for each other. This means cheering on and encouraging the success of others on your team, on other teams, and especially for those to whom make no difference to yourself.

One of the particpants expressed that it is better to be a cheerleader for others than a joysucker. A great observation. Or as is often said, “It is nice to be important, but more important to be nice.”

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