Hello! My name is Mark Hunter. I am a Director and Head Facilitator at Creative Team Events. We feel immensely privileged, having some of the most rewarding jobs in the world. Almost every day, we meet groups of strangers, in teams ranging from five people, in an executive meeting, through to thousands of people attending a company conference, and see them transformed within a short length of time.
At first, people who attend our sessions don’t know us. They normally are initially terrified at what we ask of them and, to make matters worse, they are often surrounded by their work colleagues and bosses. We often have only minutes to win their trust and dispel organisational hierarchies, a few more minutes to teach them a new skill and then whatever time is left over to inspire them to deliver an amazing performance.
I’ve been a facilitator for over 15 years and I can say, hand on heart, that at the end of our sessions, almost everyone has had a very positive, often highly emotional, experience.
The endless pats of the back, handshakes, smiles, thumbs up, applause, cuddles, kind words, moving revelations, life changing moments, hugs, tears, thanks, love and continual written feedback proves that most people, deep down, love to play, be silly, laugh and most of all…be creative.
In this blog, we want to share with you our observations and learning from our experiences. Before starting up my first company – DrumPulse – which has focused on drumming events – I worked freelance as a teambuilding instructor. Through the years, I have witnessed every form of session, including colossal inflatable games, highly-complex flight simulators and simple ‘build a bridge with a newspaper’ activities. In this blog, I also want to share with you my personal analysis about what works and what doesn’t work and why.
One of our key areas of expertise is music-based events, so we’ll explore why and how music, song, sounds and rhythm positively affect the groups and individuals we meet every day. We’ll consider the physiological and the biological reasons why we, as humans, react to music and creativity. We’ll get to the bottom of why these work so well and deliver long-lasting effects. Nothing I’ve ever seen compares to the emotional connection and tangible feeling of togetherness achieved within a team by using music and rhythm in a creative process.
This blog will not be a glorified company advert. My personal calling is to transform groups of people and I want to share my personal passion, insight and knowledge. I love to see people smile and enjoy themselves, and I’ve always been fascinated about what makes people tap their toes, work together better and have great fun.
We’ll be calling on the many trainers and facilitators that we have had the pleasure of working with throughout the world, and who have inspired me, to add their thoughts and experience to the topics we cover.
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