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Do You Have Any Case Studies That Showcase Your Work?

A colleague asked me this week: What do you do when a client asks you to share case studies to verify the effectiveness of your…

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How Do I Get The Support of Those In Charge?

This is such a common question, I’m surprised I have not thought to share this earlier: “How can I enrol in others in the benefits…

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Why Icebreakers Don’t Work & How to Fix Them

This topic has been a very popular keynote theme and conference workshop session of mine for a few years now. While many understand the concept…

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Who Owns An Idea?

My friend and mentor, the late Karl Rohnke, shared a quote with me that inspired the whole trajectory of my career: “A good idea doesn’t…

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Interview: Why We Should Take Play More Seriously in our Meetings

The million-dollar question is – how do we, as leaders, invite our teams to willingly step outside their comfort zones to try new things, develop…

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Get Help: Book a Free 1:1 Session Today

The three biggest, most valuable benefits playmeo members enjoy are: Watching real-live activity videos (with real groups;) Accessing tons of new variations to existing activities;…

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The Power of Fun Is In The Trying

I love it when someone shares a story that illustrates the difference they are making in this world, especially when I may have inspired it…

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Podcast: Learning at the Edge

If you love digesting podcast episodes, I invite you to dive into the latest Learning at the Edge episode from our friends at the Institute…

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Feeling Overwhelmed & Don’t Know Where to Start?

A familiar lament of many teachers at the start of a new school year was echoed by a member today seeking help: I want to…

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What To Do with Large Groups In Tight Spaces?

I’ve just come off a lengthy Zoom call with a playmeo member who was seeking help with a familiar question: What activities work with very…

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How Do I Sequence My Activities?

A playmeo member recently asked: I’m creating a team building program for summer camp. I understand how to run each activity but I don’t know…

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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…

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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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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…

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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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