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Singing Day in the Corporate World
Team Building with a Difference
Teamwork and creativity—these two words aren’t exactly best friends. The popular image of the lone creative genius perched out on a limb, removed from the rest of society holds a certain attraction. Think of Isaac Newton, Van Gogh, Beethoven, or Nicola Tesla for instance. But can creative genius—so long associated with extreme individualism—endure in a team setting without compromise? I say absolutely yes! Not only can the ideals of good teamwork and creativity coexist without any compromise to each other; they can enhance each other; and in the right conditions the goal of team creative genius can be cultivated and nurtured to very levels.
Assuming you believe in your team and its members, you will already be aware of their individual talents, strengths, and creative energies. Singing Day can help to unify the direction of these individual creative streams into a rapidly flowing river of clear collective output.
Introducing The Concept — How it Works
Singing Day creates an environment in which each team member communicates through continuous vocal improvisation. The Singing Day exercises are thoughtfully designed to bring each participant right up against, and then straight through his or her own particular inhibitions about creative sharing.
But Why Singing?
Our use of the singing voice as the primary medium for looking at the subject of creative
sharing is paramount in our work because of its high fidelity as a transmitter of the
person in question’s overall state e.g. his/her* feelings, thoughts, and comfort levels.
The singing voice; through its attributes of pitch, volume and tone; communicates in a way
that’s much more immediate and direct than verbal channels, whose messages are more prone
to intellectualisation and word trickery. In other words, singing is more
from the heart than ordinary speaking.
In this setting, each team member will find it harder to hide his inhibitions about sharing from the rest of the team. This may sound quite challenging right now, but it’s actually a really good thing and very rewarding for participants for two reasons;
If it’s harder for each team member to hide his inhibitions from the rest of the team,
then it’s also going be harder for him to hide his inhibitions from himself. This gives
him the opportunity to become more aware of his own hitherto subconscious reservations about
straight from the heart
- With each member of the team equally contributing to this type of creative, musically- improvised communication, and each member’s creative contribution being equally received in the same way; it becomes perfectly obvious to everyone involved that the nature of each individual&rsquol;s creative inhibitions is the same. With this collective realisation, the spirit of teamwork comes to the fore, and individual inhibitions (the real force behind lack of team cooperation) give way to mutual support and cooperation.
This all helps to create a seamless synergy between individual creativity, integrated team strength, and unified goals.
If you’re interested in having us come and work with your team through the Singing Day programme, call us on 01 445 6652
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- His/her, and the use of politically correct, gender-neutral language, is avoided after this. although Singing Day is for everyone, regardless of sex or any other division, the male gender alone is used after this point for clarity and traditional standards in style.
Sales, Pitch, and Setting the Tone
From the discussion on Singing Day and its relevance to creativity and teamwork above, you can see that the work we do centres not just around creativity, but in particular shared creativity, more specifically;— exercises for helping to establish better and clearer interpersonal communication channels to that end. All of this comes under the heading of communication in general
In regular professional communication situations, people often have a feeling that they are
somehow imposing on their listeners, or that they have to rush a little in order to get their
message across. In otherwords while their mouths are speaking to their intended audience,
their minds are saying
I’m taking up too much of your time.
Since communication is more than just words, the message
I’m taking up too much of your
time goes out along with the intended verbal message. However, this all goes on through the
subliminal communication channels e.g. body language, vocal intonation, pace and rhythm etc.
The subconscious message the other person(s) receives is
Your’re taking up too much of my
time or "I’m being imposed upon here,. Remember that this is all subconscious and
subliminal, so what the intended audience actually experiences as a result of these subliminal
signals is a feeling of impatience, uneasiness, and greater difficulty in listening.
One of the most valuable lessons the Singing Day work can teach us is to take our time, and to frame our ideas and present them with a sense of comfort and even artistry. With practice, this learning is easily transfered back to regular communication situations where time pressure is an issue.
Among the common communication issues we address with great care and efficiency in Singing Day are;
- It helps with important vocal issues like timing and tone, which make a huge difference to how one is heard and received.
- The Singing Day programme very thoroughly deals with the issue of communication delivery and performance, with a sense of confidence and certainty. professionalism and
- It deals with the most widely experienced confidence issues in the field of communication
- Apart from all of these, it’s very enjoyable and a lot of fun!
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