We have a brand new video describing our team building/conference entertainment activity called Clap Happy. In a nutshell, we quickly create a multi-rhythm clapping orchestra that, ultimately, has a mini performance as a finale.
Clap Happy still remains one of our most asked for events. Part of the reason for this is because it take only one facilitator to run a session no matter how many participants there are. Also, it can slot into any agenda. Also, I’m sure it’s because event organisers chuckle to themselves at the thought of their fellow employees all wearing coloured rubber gloves!
To watch the video, please click on the play button below.
Clap Happy stemmed from our early team building drumming events. Purely as a hand warm-up, we used to get our novice drummers repeat clapping parts just to wake everyone up and to start each group learning patterns together. We soon realised that we could add other little musical challenges on top of this and it just grew and grew. One day, a regular client required a fast blast of energy to transform a group in between speakers but had no time to bring in drums or boomwhackers, so we suggested our newly-formed clapping energiser.
It was an instant hit and, from its beginnings, it became an event in its own right, lasting anywhere between five and 40 minutes. At first, Clap Happy provided just an off-the-wall, fun session to lighten the mood or wake up a room but, as the years have passed, it has been used to get across important messages too.
In the session itself, we have everyone wearing brightly-coloured gloves, which gives us three distinctive sections or, as we call them, departments. Just like many organisations, these departments have simple repetitive roles. However, when put together, they create something unique.
In between all the hilarity, running around and interactive stage antics (of which there are many), we always remark about how we are learning to listen and communicate as we play together. Some clients want these messages highlighted and some just want to see everyone wave at the camera with a sea of rubber hands!
As I mention in the video, Clap Happy is a particularly popular event for conferences and meetings worldwide. We can bring a few bags onto a flight and provide hundreds if not thousands of participants with a surprise team activity at very modest cost.
Recently, we delivered a great Clap Happy event in Chicago, USA. Carrying only one extra suitcase on my flight across the Atlantic, I arrived in the windy city on Saint Patrick’s Day. There, I entertained 200 managers for 40 minutes as a surprise wake-up introduction to their meeting. Because the participants actually keep their gloves as a fun memento, there were no baggage costs on the return journey.
Sometimes, it is easier to courier gloves straight to the venue for very large groups. This was the case when we delivered a recent Clap Happy event in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands when I couldn’t lift 2600 pairs of gloves on my own! Our huge audience became a morning vista of brightly-coloured rubber gloves and it looked amazing. However, time was tight. I was given a slot in the agenda of only eight minutes. Combining all these people together in rhythm was like a whirlwind but we did it and the room was left buzzing as they continued their massive conference with increased energy.
The underlying message of Clap Happy is about jumping into new situations and having fun. You will be amazed at how your team creates something out of literally nothing.
If you think this unique activity would brighten up relentless Powerpoint or breath life into a day of heavy content, please contact us and let us add colour and sound to your day. Happy clapping!
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