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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…

Redefining ‘Back-to-School’ Programming

Two weeks ago, I shared links to a bunch of useful articles that would help many educators prepare themselves and their students for the return-to-school…

Group Games & Activities Are Not the Solution

Okay, now that I have your attention, I’m not saying that interactive group games & activities don’t work. My point is – don’t fall into…

Best Back-to-School Programs for Class of 2023

Almost like clockwork, as the northern hemisphere wakes up from a long, lazy summer, I notice a big jump in user enquiries, not to mention…

The Critical Benefits of Social Connection

I’ve been in this game for 33+ years. In the early stages of my career, I could only point to anecdotal evidence that building stronger…

Icebreakers that Shy & Introverted People Don’t Mind Playing

From the outside looking in, it would appear to most people that many experiential programs featuring activities such as icebreakers, energisers, trust exercises and teambuilding…

The Blob Tree

As I often say, too much fun is never enough. I also believe you can never have too many activity ideas or tools to invite…

The Benefits of Inviting Groups To Step Closer To You

Have you noticed that it’s not until you ask a group to form a circle that you get a real sense of how large your…

Learning at the Edge Podcast Interview

The good people at the Institute for Experiential Learning interviewed me a few months back, and the episode has now been published as a part…

8 Fun Ways To Get Your Group’s Attention without Losing Your Voice

This post is the fourth & final instalment of articles designed to help you effectively lead large group programs. What’s So Special About Large Groups?…

Essential Tips for Working with Large Groups: Part 2

This post is the third of four articles designed to help you effectively lead large group programs. What’s So Special About Large Groups? Essential Tips…

Essential Tips for Working with Large Groups: Part 1

This post is the second of four articles designed to help you effectively lead large group programs. What’s So Special About Large Groups? Essential Tips…

How To Work with Large Groups & Survive

This post is the first of four articles designed to help you effectively lead large group programs. What’s So Special About Large Groups? (this article)…

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