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About playmeo

Thanks for visiting. The following paragraphs will tell you a little more about playmeo…

 

Who & What?

playmeo is an innovative online platform of resources that helps experiential educators, teachers & camp leaders lead remarkably fun group games and programs that make a difference.

 

How?

We work best with motivated leaders and educators who don’t know where to start, or are looking for new ideas to engage their participants, strengthen relationships or simply have fun.

Our specific niche is experiential educators from large private, independent schools located in the major centres of the world. That said, we help thousands of classroom & PE teachers, camp leaders, corporate trainers, outdoor educators, conference organisers and youth leaders in 165 countries around the world.

playmeo offers a wide variety of useful resources, including:

You can view a short ‘how-to-use’ video about playmeo’s activity database here.

 

Why? When?

Founded in 2012, playmeo was created by experiential trainer and best-selling author Mark Collard.

A sought-after speaker and passionate advocate of fun and play, Mark had two keen desires, to:

  • Share as much as he knew about what worked to help groups have fun, be productive and develop healthy relationships; and
  • Leverage the internet to answer the question most frequently asked by his program participants:

How did you make it look so easy to create such a fun & engaging program?

Mark turned his back on a successful corporate career when he was retrenched from a management consulting job in 1989. This sparked a yearning he had suppressed for many years – while volunteering and working as a youth group and summer camp leader – to deliver fun, experiential programs which positively impacted people’s lives.

You see, looking back, Mark recalls an extraordinary leadership program in which he participated as a teenager that literally changed his life – and knew that one day, he would want to ‘pay it forward.’

That day turned into a life-long passion.

 

Our Point of Difference

The difference about playmeo and its resources is captured in four words – more than just fun.

There are no shortage of books, websites, videos and training practitioners who will teach you dozens, if not hundreds, of fun games and activities. And this is fine. Very few, if any, however, will help you learn the skills and strategies to understand how to leverage these activities – together with critical facilitation skills – that make a difference.

Today, with school and corporate budgets under constant pressure to squeeze as much value from every dollar, every program has to justify its existence. Having fun just doesn’t cut it anymore. Don’t get me wrong – fun is fundamentally related to your ability to engage a group and invite them to step outside their comfort zone – but it’s not often enough to make a difference.

All of playmeo’s resources feature a powerful approach to education and recreation, where fun is its most potent weapon. This approach is best known for its ability to engage your participants, or strengthen relationships, or develop team-skills, etc. Imbued with an experiential-based learning methodology, our resources are designed to help you learn the skills and strategies you need to make a difference in the lives and performance of the groups you work with.

Our resources are etched from an intimate understanding of how hard it is to lead a group sometimes – from the unwilling participant to unproductive teams and always being expected to produce more with less (time, money, resources, etc). Our elite team of contributors – many of them best-selling authors and expert practitioners in their own right – have been there, done that, and share what they have found works.

Take a look at the testimonials at the bottom of this page, or here, to read more about playmeo and how we make a difference.

 

About playmeo – Does It Mean Anything?

No, not really. It was one of a series of nonsensical words Mark considered when he was looking for a name for his new online platform of resources. It had to be less than 10 characters long (it is seven) to form a short domain name, and it had to include or feature the word play. playmeo was available.

For a while, the seven letters of playmeo were captured in an acronym (which was soon forgotten) – but it still didn’t mean anything.

 

Ready for More?

Think about what you’re trying to get done, and then click here to view a short ‘how-to-use’ video or click here to get started…