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2 x Quick & Easy Icebreakers for Meetings

Continuing the series of videos I have produced with good friend and colleague Chad Littlefield, this week’s post highlights two of our all-time favourite icebreakers…

2 x Quick & Easy Icebreakers for Meetings

Continuing the series of videos I have produced with good friend and colleague Chad Littlefield, this week’s post highlights two of our all-time favourite icebreakers…

Why Playing Group Games & Activities Is Valuable: Use Case #1

Have you wondered – or perhaps even been pushed to explain – why playing group games & activities can be useful? This post is all…

What Are The Best Teambuilding Activities?

Ah, this is such a great question that I have been asked countless times throughout my career. “Hey Mark, tell me, what do you think…

Games to Welcome Students Back to School

Returning to school can be an anxious time for many students (and teachers.) In this article, you will learn some of the most effective group…

Energisers for Large Groups

In just a few moments, you’ll learn some of my all-time favourite energisers for large groups.   Context First   Picture this. You’re standing in…

NEW – playmeo + We&Me Video Series

Announcing the latest collaboration between playmeo and We&Me. Chad Littlefield and Mark Collard (me) have teamed up this year to produce dozens of videos that…

Inclusive Ways to Address People & Groups

This is not a pitch for political correctness. It’s about respect. I want to share with you a few simple, practical ways I have learned…

Happy Holidays 2023

This is just a quick note to thank you and wish you all the best for this holiday season, no matter how you celebrate this…

Meet Jade, playmeo’s Newest Team Member

Everybody, meet Jade. Jade, meet everyone. I am so excited to introduce Jade Lapuz to playmeo’s learning community, taking on the essential role of Membership…

How We Practice is How We Play

As one of my last posts for the year, this week’s nugget of wisdom is HUGE. Chatting with my coach the other day, he told…

What Does It Mean to Trust the Process?

Trust me, I’m a doctor. We’ve all heard this phrase before and have possibly applied its essence to our work. In the game I play…

How Do You Prep for a Gig?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the difference between someone who plans on the run and another who strictly follows an agenda they developed…

Why Does Play Matter? Podcast Interview

During my recent trip to the United States, I had the opportunity to spend a few days with the good folks at Paradigm Shift, particularly…

The Collective Genius

Here’s another jewel of wisdom that landed with a thump last week from my executive coach… Isolation is a growth killer – it keeps you…

Should You Play Icebreaker Games Midway Through the Year?

Some years ago, the Partnership for 21st Century Education* conducted a meta-analysis of all of the research that had been published that focused on the…

How To Break a Group of 200 People into 9 Smaller Teams

This week, we turn to a common problem many leaders encounter when working with large groups. As recently described by a playmeo member: How can…

Latest Activities to Help People Connect & Have Fun

Sitting in an airplane for a couple of days is the kind of motivation (and space) I crave to write. And in the past 2…

Planning On The Run v Following A Plan

Are you the sort of leader who follows their gut and delivers what you think your group needs in the moment, or do you prefer…

Optopia v Perfect

The word ‘utopia’ conjures many things in many places. I know it’s been referred to occasionally in training workshops I have delivered over the years…

10 Easy Brain Breaks for Restless People

While I’m not a big fan of the phrase ‘brain breaks’ they are a powerful way to energise your group and refresh their attention. Brain…

How Much Silence Is Good in a Debrief?

Oooo, I love this question. It strikes at the heart of an effective debrief or reflection session. A participant at a recent training asked me… Is…

Essential Elements of Experiential-Based Learning Curriculum

A senior university lecturer reached out to me recently to ask a thoughtful question: What curriculum must be presented at a minimum to develop the…

How To Create a Safe, Welcoming Environment

One of the most powerful things an educator can do to help their groups succeed is to create a safe, welcoming environment in which their…

Are Group Games & Activities Childish or Childlike?

At first glance, the words childlike and childish may look like they are saying the same thing. But they are not. Such is the power…