How To Lead a Teambuilding Workshop Using Google Hangouts On Air


This is a live 75 minute interactive workshop I led using Google Plus Hangouts On Air. (HOA) I was in my home office in Asheville, North Carolina and the 30 participants were in Oswego, New York.

The workshop title: "How To Teach Leadership in the Engineering Classroom"

The audience was made up of middle school and high school technology and engineering teachers. 

Prior to leading the live event I met with Dr. Mark Springston and his three person team (graduate students) from SUNY Oswego. I taught the team how to use HOA. I sent a box of "props"  in advance  to Dr. Springston which you'll see participants use in the workshop. Dr. Springston's graduate students helped distribute the props during the session at planned times in the workshop.

I initiated the HOA so I could control the roving cameras (iPads) on my end. Dr. Springston logged in using his Google account and that put me on the big screen in front of the classroom. The 3 graduate students each logged in using their iPad and they roamed the room with those iPads which allowed  me to switch between iPads to offer a different view. 

The university had never used HOA in this manner and none of the workshop participants had ever participated in a live hands-on workshop led using this technology. This workshop received very high ratings from the participants. 

This was the 74th conference held yearly at the State University of New York in Oswego.

Archive of the conference:

Mike Robbins interview -- "Nothing Changes Until You Do"

CLICK HERE to listen to the 55 minute recording (mp3) of the interview.

In this interview we'll explore the delicate and complicated relationship we have with ourselves.

Unfortunately, many of us struggle to make peace with ourselves and to be kind, compassionate, and loving towards ourselves, which can lead to a number of challenges in our lives, our work, and our relationships.

In this interview Mike Robbins will share truths, important insights, and valuable knowledge that can transform your relationship with yourself, as well as your relationships with others and with life itself.

This TeleSeminar is for you if:

  • You're a leader
  • You want to live with more passion, courage, and vulnerability
  • You want to make peace with yourself, others, and life
  • You want to accept yourself and those around you with compassion
  • You want to remember how powerful and resilient you are

Ask your questions and get answers in this live interview!


Mike_Robbins_2Mike Robbins is the author of three books: Nothing Changes Until You Do, Focus on the Good Stuff, and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken. He's a sought-after keynote speaker who speaks to groups of all kinds throughout the world.

Some of his clients include Google, Wells Fargo, Twitter, Gap, eBay, Charles Schwab, Adobe, Chevron, Citibank, the US Department of Labor, Stanford University, the San Francisco Giants, and many others. 

Mike and his work have been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News and the Oprah radio network. He's a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and his books have been translated into fourteen different languages.



“This book is filled with quick, compelling, and actionable ideas. Mike Robbins uses his personal experience to help all of us see how we can take small steps toward a better life. Reading this book will give you a new way to think about how you interact with the world.”

 – Tom Rath, New York Times best-selling author of Eat Move Sleep and StrengthsFinder 2.0


CLICK HERE for more information about the book.




 Event Details


Nothing Changes Until You Do -- a conversation about self-compassion and getting out of your own way.


Wednesday  July 22, 2015


Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone) and runs 55 minutes


Mike Robbins, author of Nothing Changes Until You Do

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF


This event is FREE.


No need to register. Simply call 828-380-4393 (no "pin" needed). We'll also be live on the web at

NOTE: There is a 100 person limit to this event.

PHONE / How To Participate

This will be an interactive interview. You'll get to ask Mike Robbins questions via a chat window and via audio!

At the time listed above, simply call:

Phone: 828-380-4393  (no "pin" needed)

or join via the web from anywhere in the world:


CLICK HERE to listen to the 55 minute recording (mp3) of the interview.


Watch the three minute video below of Mike Robbins speaking about the importance of self appreciation.



Trust V teambuilding game with an added twist

On June 3, 2015  I led a conference call for members of the IATF community on how to lead the variation of the "Trust V" teambuilding game.

Click on the link below to download the written instructions for the Trust V game along with photos and handouts described in the call that allow you to take the game further. 

Download Trust_V_teambuilding_game_plus

CLICK  HERE to download the audio recording of this special conference call.



Bernie De Koven interview -- The Big "WE" and Coliberation

Live and interactive interview with author, speaker, and master of playfulness Bernie De Koven.

RECORDING:  CLICK HERE to download the recording.

SLIDES: Click on the link below to download Bernie's slide deck (PDF file)

Download IATF - DeKoven for PDF



If the Big ME is the “peak experience,” CoLiberation or the Big WE, is like becoming a whole mountain range.

CoLiberation: Those moments in which we have actually managed to free each other from whatever constraints we usually impose on each other.

CoLiberation is something Bernie teaches to teams around the world. It can transform the way you interact. 

CoLiberation is how you create synergy.

This webinar is for you if:

  • You like to have fun and laugh or want more of that in your life
  • You lead meetings or attend meetings
  • You want to have more fun at work or anywhere else
  • You're a coach, facilitator, trainer, teacher

In this Webinar you'll get a chance to hear one of the foremost speakers on playing and learning through games AND you'll get to ask your questions!

About our special guest Bernie De Koven

Bernie DeKoven
Bernie De Koven
is a game designer, author, lecturer, TED speaker, and fun theorist. He is most notable for his book The Well Played Game, for his contributions to the New Games Foundation, his pioneering work in computer game design, and for his long-running web site,

Bernie is the author of Junkyard Sports, Power Meetings, and Connected Executives. A Playful Path, his most recent work, is a collection of essays from his popular blog deepFUN. DeKoven developed the interplay curriculum for Philadelphia’s public schools, and he has devised electronic games for toy and games manufacturers such as Ideal Toy Company, Children’s Television Workshop, Mattel Inc., and CBS software. 


Event Details


Coliberation - how to work (or play) extraordinarily well together.


Thursday  May 7, 2015


Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone) and runs 55 minutes


Bernie De Koven, author of "The Well Played Game

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF


This event is FREE.


No need to register. Simply call 828-380-4393 (no "pin" needed). We'll also be live on the web at

NOTE: There is a 100 person limit to this event.

PHONE / How To Participate

This will be an interactive interview. You'll get to ask Bernie DeKoven questions via a chat window and via audio!

At the time listed above, simply call:

Phone: 828-380-4393  (no "pin" needed)

or join via the web from anywhere in the world:


This event was recorded and posted in the IATF Community Area.

CLICK HERE to download the recording.  Available for a limited time.


SLIDES: Click on the link below to download Bernie's slide deck (PDF file)


Download IATF - DeKoven for PDF


Serious Fun Workshop with our good friend Mark Collard from Australia

Mark Collard, best-selling author, adventure programming expert and founder of playmeo, is touring the United States this Fall to deliver a series of one-day training workshops.

Mark is one of a handful of trainers endorsed by the IATF.

Nothing beats first-hand experience, and that's exactly what Mark offers you and your team in this seriously fun, activity-based training.

Specifically designed for people who work with groups, this unique one-day workshop will show you how to design and deliver remarkably powerful programs that are easy to deliver and rewarding for everyone involved.

Jam-packed with inspiration and practical advice, the 'Serious Fun' workshop will:

  • Present dozens of highly successful group activities that have universal appeal, require few if any props and relate directly to your program's key learning goals;
  • Model a simple yet powerful four-step sequence called the Difference Model that is proven to create incredibly fun outcomes for any group;
  • Explore critical program design and facilitation skills such as how to engage your unwilling participants, how to manage difficult behaviours, and how to exceed your group's expectations.

BONUS #1: receive a complimentary one-month subscription to, the world's largest online database of group activities.

BONUS #2: preview Mark's forthcoming book, Serious Fun, due in November.


Ideal for novice and experienced program leaders


  • Individual - $127
  • Three Person Group Deal - $187

Click the link below to download the Serious Fun flyer (PDF)

Download Serious_fun_workshop

Here's what people are saying  about Mark's "Serious Fun" workshop: 

  • "... your workshop has provided me with so many brilliant activities to help my groups build rapport and trust with each other..." - Patrick, teacher
  • "... I love your work. I have had endless positive feedback from my colleagues and students since I learned your ice-breakers and warm-up activities..." - Barb, corporate trainer
  • "... what I learned from you followed through into the formation of strong bonds and deep respect for our differences amonsgst all members of the class - teachers and students alike..." - Rebecca, teacher
  • "... you changed me as a teacher..." - Sean, PE teacher
  • "... I have just used some of your games and strategies with a school group, and the kids loved them..." - Kylie, outdoor educator

Authors and Thought Leaders Interviewed for the IATF Community

Authors and Thought Leaders Interviewed for the IATF Community

==>  NOTE: Click on the name to go to the interview (recording).

Seth Godin -- Author of multiple NY Times Best Sellers (interviewed Seth multiple times)

Dan Pink -- Author of the NY Times best seller A Whole New Mind and DRIVE

Dr. Ken Blanchard -- Author of multiple NY Times Best Sellers

Jack Canfield -- Coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and author of The Success Principles

David Allen -- Author of the NY Times best seller Getting Things Done

Parker Palmer -- Founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal and author of multiple best sellers including Let Your Life Speak - Listening for the Voice of Vocation and The Courage to Teach

Stephen M.R. Covey -- Author of The Speed of Trust

Joe Frontiera -- Coauthor of Team Turnarounds

Neil Howe -- Coauthor of The Fourth Turning

Dr. Relly Nadler -- Emotional Intelligence expert, author of Leading with Emotional Intelligence (multiple interviews)

Gretchen Rubin -- NY Times best selling author of The Happiness Project

Michael Goldman -- Facilitation expert, author

Dave Gray -- Author of Game Storming - How Games At Work Inspire Creativity

Susan Gerke & David Hutchens -- Creators of GO Team Resources

 Les McKeown -- President and CEO of Predictable Success

Brian Biro -- Author of Beyond Success (interviewed Brian multiple times)

Dr. Steven Simpson -- Author of The Leader Who Is Hardly Known

Ali Brown -- "The entreprenurial guru for women" ~ Business News Daily

Dr. Lance Secretan -- Author of multiple best sellers on the topic of inspired leadership (interviewed Lance multiple times)

Michael Bungay Stanier -- Author of Do More Great Work

Bruce Tulgan -- Author of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy

Robyn Benincasa -- Firefighter, Adventure Racer, Speaker

Cynder Niemela -- Author, Teamwork & Leadership Coach

Dave Buck -- Author, CEO of, Leadership Coach

Barry Rellaford -- Author, Senior Trainer at FranklinCovey (multiple interviews)

Gregg Levoy -- Author of Callings - Finding and Following an Authentic Life

John David Mann -- Coauthor of the NY Times best seller The Go-Giver (multiple interviews)

Thomas Koulopoulos -- Author, lecturer, leading innovation consultant

Bea Fields -- Author, Leadership Coach

Kevin Eikenberry -- Author, Leadership Coach

Phil Lawler -- Author and noted leader in the Physical Education arena

Ron Clark -- Author of The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules For Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child

 Dr. Haydn Hasty -- Author and noted expert on Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Edward Hallowell -- Author of multiple NY Times best sellers

Michael Herman -- Author and noted expert on Open Space Technology

Dr. Chris Cavert -- Author of multiple books and noted expert on Adventure Learning and Experiential Learning

Dr. Laurence Martel -- Author of multiple books on learning and teaching including The 7 Secrets of Learning Revealed

Andy Stefanovich -- Founder of PLAY (now known as PROPHET) the creative ideas company

Dr. Jasper Hunt -- Author and Experiential Learning thought leader, professor at Minnesota State University

Dr. Paul Pearsall -- Author of multiple NY Times best sellers including The Heart's Code

Randy Siegel -- Author, consultant, trainer and thought leader in communications

Dr. Roger Greenaway -- Author and Experiential Learning thought leader and owner of the popular blog for facilitators and trainers Active Reviewing

Laurie Beth Jones -- Author of multiple NY Times best sellers including Jesus, CEO

Sam Sikes -- Author, trainer, and noted expert in Experiential & Adventure Based Learning

Dr. George Kohlrieser -- Negotiations expert and author of Hostage at the Table

Marc Kielburger -- Coauthor of Me To We - Finding Meaning in a Material World, cofounder of Free The Children

Dr. Jim Cain -- Author of Teamwork & Teamplay, noted expert in Experiential and Adventure Based Education

John Taylor Gatto -- Award winning educator, author of multiple books including The Underground History of American Education

Mark Victor Hansen -- Coauthor of Chicken Soup For The Soul, the best selling series of books of all time.

Dr. Michael Gass -- Author of multiple books including "Essential Elements of Facilitation" and "Book of Metaphors", professor at the University of New Hampshire

Michael Port -- Author of multiple books including Book Yourself Solid, leadership coach, speaker

Ron McMillan -- Author of multiple books including the NY Times best seller Crucial Conversations

Liz Cornish -- Author of Hit the Ground Running: A Woman’s Guide to Success for the First 100 Days on the Job

Dr. Dan Garvey -- President of Prescott College and noted expert in the field of Experiential Education

Dr. Joe Vitale -- Author of multiple books including The Attractor Factor

Ernest Oriente and Judy Feld -- Authors of Smart Match Alliances, coaches, thought leaders

Michelle Cummings -- Author of multiple books on Experiential Learning

Rick Tamlyn -- Leadership coach and coauthor of The Bigger Game

Doug Silsbee -- Leadership coach and teacher, author of Presence-Based Coaching

Rabbi Shais Taub -- Spiritual teacher and leader, author of God of Our Understanding

Merrick Rosenberg -- President and Chief Learning Officer at Team Builders Plus, speaker, trainer, coach, author of Taking Flight

Scott Hartl -- President & CEO of Expeditionary Learning

Susan Gerke -- Virtual Teams expert and author of The I in TEAM

Ed Manning -- Leadership coach, trainer, author of Alchemy for Leaders

John Birch -- Leadership coach, trainer, consultant

Katherine Crowley & Kathi Elster -- Authors of Working for You Isn't Working for Me

Bill Treasurer -- Author of multiple books including Courage Goes To Work   (multiple interviews)

Pat Richie -- Senior leadership trainer with The Table Group / Patrick Lencioni

Anthony Sillard -- Leadership coach and author of Full Alignment

Mike Cardus -- Team and leadership coach, author, director of Create-Learning

Christine Martell -- Facilitation expert, author

Karen Valencic -- Leadership expert, trainer, author of Spiral Impact - The Power to Get it Done With Grace

Alex Scordelis -- Founder of Improv Everywhere and author of Causing a Scene

Melanie Benson Strick -- Virtual Teams expert

Brian Burt -- Founder of Maestro Conference and Virtual Teams expert

Jenn Sramek -- Virtual Teams expert, Project Manager and Partner at

Shaun Callahan -- Virtual Communities expert, Chief Involvement Officer at

Jessica Lipnack -- Virtual Teams expert, author of

Charles Feltman -- Trust at work expert, author of The Thin Book of Trust

Mark Silver -- Small business expert, leadership coach, trainer

Michael Losier -- Best selling author of Law of Attraction, guest on Oprah

more coming soon...

Free Leadership Webinar -- How To Help Boys Become Men (a leadership journey) with author Jonathan Catherman


If you're a regular reader of this IATF blog you know I'm passionate about team and leadership development, particularly when it comes to kids. One of my other passions is being a great father to my son and daughter.

While staffing a recent The Leader In Me SYMPOSIUM, I met Mr. Jonathan Catherman who is the author of the new book The Manual To Manhood. Jonathan works as a Senior Consultant with FranklinCovey and he was a keynote speaker at this event attended by 600 teachers from across the Southeast US. 

Jonathan and I shared our experiences helping our sons make the transition from boy to man. We feel strongly that fathers can do so much to help a boy become a man and thus, create more conscious thoughtful leaders in the world.

How does a boy become a man?

I've been fascinated with this question for five years. I started exploring this when my son was about to celebrate his 10th birthday. I realized, like many parents, that life was moving by so quickly. It seemed my son was just born  and before too long he would be all grown up!

I called some other dads, friends who also had sons about to turn 10, and we started a father-son program that has been meeting every month. Our goal is to help our sons make the transition from boy to man in a good way. 

The journey to Manhood is something that is earned. One does not become a man by simply growing older. 

The world needs real men. By "real" I mean this - - the world needs men who live by higher standards. 

Jonathan Catherman
says "Real men don't believe that the kind of car they drive, how much they drink, or the number of girls they get are what make them a man. Real men know that personal maturity transforms boys into men. Maturity is a practiced skill and is best demonstrated when a man knows how to do the right thing, the right way, at the right time, for the right reason. Even when nobody is looking."

This is Webinar is for you if:

  • You have a son or know someone who does.
  • You're a teacher or counselor.
  • You're interested in how to help boys make the transition to manhood.
  • You're interested in leadership development.

In this Webinar you'll get a chance to hear one of the foremost speakers on helping boys transition into men AND you'll get to ask your questions!

About our special guest Jonathan Catherman

Jonathan_catherman_smJonathan Catherman is a leading education trainer specializing in the character and leadership development of youth. An award-winning cultural strategist, Jonathan speaks worldwide about the principles and strengths that empower greatness in children, teens, and young adults. The father of two sons, he sees daily the importance guys place on gaining respect and avoiding embarrassment. As both a parent and a professional, Jonathan is committed to assisting young men in the making to experience success and significance as they mature into manhood and lifelong leadership. 


Event Details


How To Help Boys Become Men -- The Leadership Journey


Wednesday   April 23, 2014


Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone) and runs 60 minutes


Jonathan Catherman, author of "The Manual To Manhood"

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF


This event is FREE.