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A practical and inspirational guide to a powerful, yet simple four-step program leadership model which equips teachers, corporate trainers and youth leaders with the skills and strategies they need to create remarkably fun programs which engage their participants and make a difference.




Have you ever been asked to run a few ‘ice-breaker’ activities?

Are you thinking of leading some ‘team-building’ exercises?

Are you new to program leadership and don’t know where to start?

If you answered ‘YES’ to any or all of these questions, then this book is for you.

Jam-packed with inspiration and practical advice, Serious Fun describes a unique, yet simple, four-step model that will transform your programs from ‘Oh, no, not that again,’ to ‘Wow, that was amazing!’

If you’re a school teacher, corporate trainer, outdoor educator, conference organiser or camp/youth group leader, this book will help you create incredibly fun programs that will leave your group feeling engaged, valued and meaningfully connected to others.

Here’s what you’ll learn inside:

  • The seven mistakes program leaders make, and how to fix them,
  • The four-step sequence to leading remarkably fun programs,
  • The five essential ingredients of a successful ‘ice-breaker,’
  • How to create a fun, safe and supportive learning environment,
  • How to manage difficult behaviours, such as unwilling participants,
  • Solutions to more than twenty common programming problems.

If you want to inject more fun and value into your programs, this book is your blueprint.

Written by Mark Collard, 2014 (208 pages, 4.4MB)


This book will wake up, inspire and most important, raise the bar for those we entrust with our meetings.
– Seth Godin, author

If you’re new to adventure programming, buy this book; it’s all you need to get started in the right direction, and keep you there.
– Karl Rohnke, author & adventure programmer

What you share in your book changed me as a teacher! It’s that simple.
– Sean, PE teacher

To have Mark’s expertise and depth of knowledge in facilitating adventure  within one book, is priceless.
– Andrew, outdoor recreation lecturer

Every camp leader should read this book – a sure-fire method to engage young people, develop their cooperation skills and have fun.
– Lauren, camp director

There were countless ideas that had me jumping up to write things down, and at least 10 concrete, actionable ideas that I put into practice immediately.
– Chad, adventure educator

This book is incredibly important – it offers the step-by-step how-to’s that ensure group activities are successfully facilitated.
– Sean, corporate trainer

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