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The Essence of Play, A Masterful Art: Podcast

Here’s an invitation to lean into a recent conversation I had with Douglas Ferguson, host of the Control the Room podcast, in which we discussed…

Control the Room podcast discussing the Essence of Play

The Essence of Play, A Masterful Art: Podcast

Here’s an invitation to lean into a recent conversation I had with Douglas Ferguson, host of the Control the Room podcast, in which we discussed…

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24 of the Best Small Group Games & Activities

A playmeo member recently asked: I’m designing a leadership program of games & team-building exercises for small groups of only 4-5 students. I find it…

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How To Beat Zoom Fatigue

With so many of our experiential programs venturing into the online or virtual world over the past year, it is clear that zoom fatigue is…

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Looking for Father & Child Program Ideas?

A playmeo member recently asked: I’m running a multi-day program for fathers & their adolescent child. Do you have any go-to activities that work for…

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Leading Interactive Group Games & Activities into 2021

After a year like no other, if you could hold a crystal ball and look into the future, what do you think you might see…

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Trust Fall or Fall from Height?

One of the most vivid memories that many participants of a challenge ropes course report are their experiences with the Trust Fall activity. The Trust…

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Is Connection The Same As Belonging?

Readers of this blog will know that I have long been an enthusiastic supporter of the “connect before content” approach. Or, in other words, any…

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Generativity

Happy new year folks! May 2021 be safe and prosperous for us all 🙂 To kick off the year, I am reprinting (with permission) an…

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5 Programming Lessons in a COVID19 Normal World

For most of 2020, I have focused on designing and delivering a bunch of virtual presentations, from highly-interactive fun & games to highly-polished slide presentations….

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Short Exercise Breaks Improve Concentration

This article is reprinted with permission from The Conversation.   Primary school teachers often provide students with short physical activity breaks to energise kids and…

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How To Adapt Activities for Physical-Distancing Rules

There have been two primary waves of enquiries since the current health pandemic rocked the world. The first and most urgent was focused on “How…

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7 Lessons Learned Presenting Group Activities Online

When the pandemic hit early in 2020, the overwhelming focus of my work shifted to adapting everything I knew that worked for an in-person group…

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Question: How Do I Engage People Who Do Not Switch Their Video On?

A playmeo member asks: I’ve been hired to conduct a virtual conference session in which the participants are not required to switch their video on…

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Why Active Learning Is Important

Students who perform short bursts of physical activity during class perform better than their sedentary peers, according to new international research. Once again, we have…

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Active Maths & Literacy Games in the Outdoors

Connecting with like-minded people and enterprises across this planet is one of the small pleasures I have enjoyed during this unusual time in history. One…

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The Science To Explain Why Brain Breaks Are Beneficial

When you’re working hard, taking a break just makes sense, right? A quick break helps you catch your breath, refresh and review. The same is…

Podcast building engagement & connections remotely

Building Engagement & Connections Remotely: Podcast

If you consume some of your media via podcast, you’re going to love the latest Energetic Education podcast, from Dale Sidebottom. I appeared many years…

How to do online meetings well with Zoom

How To Do Online Meetings Well

Online conferencing and virtual meetings are exploding all over the world, and most of us are relative novices in this realm. Consequently, if my most…

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How Do I Build Community In an Asynchronous Setting?

A school teacher, impacted by the current COVID-19 emergency, asks: How can I address ways to build community in asynchronous environments? First, Amy, thanks for…

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Question: Should I Meet My Audience Before A Presentation?

A subscriber asks: Is it okay to mingle with and meet my audience or training group in advance of my session starting? If so, how…

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Top Four Interactive Exercises for Online Meetings & Virtual Conferences

Are you looking for interactive exercises to add to your next online meeting or conference, especially when face-to-face meetings are difficult or not possible at…

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Teambuilding in a Ballet School: A Case Study

The following article is a wonderful case study of what is possible when you combine play, fun and group games & activities in an unexpected…

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What Is Flow?

After working with groups all over the world for 30+ years now, I know that when they accept my invitation to enter into a space…

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Question: How Do I End Long-Term Programs?

A playmeo member asks: Do you have any tips or strategies on how to finish a group?  I co-facilitate a 29-week personal development group with…