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Can fun change behavior?

For centuries small groups of people have tried to figure out ways to influence the masses. 

Dan Pink's new book DRIVE - The surprising truth about what motivates us suggests that everything we think we know about what motivates us is wrong.

Turns out, one of the most effective and uplifting ways to influence behavior is through fun.  Watch the video clip below for an example.  CLICK HERE for more examples.

Fun, when used with a purpose, is a POWERFUL motivator. 

How are you using FUN to influence, uplift, and direct your team?

Secrets of Building and Leveraging a Virtual Team with expert Melanie Benson Strick -- Leadership TeleSeminar Recording

Are you an entrepreneur working in the field of Teamwork Facilitation?  If yes, this event is for you!

Many entrepreneurs who work in the field of Teamwork Facilitation are so busy with the daily demands of business they don't have time to do what they are passionate about…and what makes the biggest difference to their bottom line.

Are you so busy playing "catch up" you don't have time to do your great work and make more money?

Do you find yourself:

  • Doing your own bookkeeping (and you're not a bookkeeper)?
  • Maintaining your own web site (and you're not a web guru)?
  • Creating your own marketing materials (and you're not a copywriter, marketing consultant or graphic designer)?
  • Doing your own customer service/scheduling/correspondence, etc. (and you aren't a virtual assistant)?
  • Or doing anything else you could easily outsource?

A lot of people in business for themselves make the mistake of being a one-man or one-woman show. Do you really have to do it all? Not if you REALLY want to make money and make a bigger difference.

Does this sound like you and your business:

  • You’re too busy to make money.
  • You’re working over 80 hours a week just to get by.
  • You start projects that never go anywhere because you don’t have time to follow through.
  • Your family doesn’t recognize you anymore.
  • You need help, but you can’t afford to hire anyone.

Melanie_benson_strickYou’re overwhelmed. Exhausted. Plus you probably realize you're leaving tons of money-making opportunities on the table.

If this describes you, then you need to know about Melanie Benson Strick who is an expert at helping entrepreneurs learn how to build and leverage a virtual team.

Get Melanies e-book The Power of the Virtual Team

Melanie is known as The Million Dollar Lifestyle Business Coach because she knows first-hand how to build a successful, thriving, freedom-based company with her secret weapon -- LEVERAGE. With over 12 years in corporate America and eight years as a business owner, Melanie works exclusively with entrepreneurs who are ready for a “sustainable” lifestyle business.

After her first two years running her own company, Melanie quickly realized that most entrepreneurs create a JOB, rather than a company. They position themselves to work harder than they ever imagined – with minimal results. Frustrated and overwhelmed, they get stuck and never actually experience the FREEDOM or the financial success that they crave.

Melanie’s clients, who are typically coaches, consultants, authors, speakers, trainers, service professionals and information marketers, average a 172% revenue increase while creating more time for living their dream lifestyle. She does this through her revolutionary mentoring programs, easy to follow systems, and proven, profit-generating tools that cause her clients to CATAPULT into their dream businesses!

Call Details


Secrets of Virtual Team Building for Entrepreneurs Working in Teamwork Facilitation


Wednesday January 27, 2010


Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60-75 minutes


Melanie Benson Strick, Virtual Team Expert

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF


Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!


For a limited time, the recording can be downloaded for free HERE.

This call is archived in the IATF members only area.

During the call Melanie mentions the "Hidden Gold Exercise" and you can get it HERE.


Free for all subscribers of the IATF free e-newsletter.
CLICK HERE to register.  Registration is closed.

Newsletter of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators -- January 2010

Tom_heck_120 Hello Teamwork Facilitators!  It's Tom Heck, President & Founder of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators, with your January 2010 teamwork ideas e-newsletter.

Our hearts reach out to the people of Haiti.  There are many people and organizations working to help during this difficult time.  If you haven't already done so, please consider donating to the Red Cross HERE.

Today, here in the United States, we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Life's most persistent and nagging question, King said, is "what are you doing for others?"  Our relationships  team  world would be transformed if each of us pursued the answer to this question.

2010 is an important year for the IATF.  Our emphasis and focus this year is INSPIRATION.  We will continue to establish and strengthen relationships with leaders who seek to grow inspired teams.  Be sure to listen to the audio interview with Dr. Lance Secretan (link below) who recently spoke at the IATF about how you can be an inspired leader and build inspired teams.

Tom Heck
President & Founder
International Association of Teamwork Facilitators

Free TeleSeminars

IATF Monthly Leadership Skills Call
Wednesday January 20, 2010 at 1pm EST
Topic:  The Control Model and Teamwork
CLICK HERE for more info and to register

Virtual Team Secrets
Wednesday January 27, 2010 at 1 pm EST
Special Guest:  Melanie Benson Strick
Mark your calendar.  More info coming soon

Free Virtual Team Resources

In December 2009 the IATF hosted the first Virtual Team Leader Virtual Conference taking place over the course of 5 days.  This course was designed for those who are new to leading virtual teams.  The course included classes, coaching, guest speakers, handouts, assessments and more.  IATF members receive immediate and full access to all the materials for free.  For a limited time you can now access the recordings of our guest speakers for this event:

  • Jessica Lipnack -- Secrets to unlocking virtual team intelligence HERE
  • Barry Rellaford -- Building trust on the virtual team HERE
  • Shaun Callahan -- Empowering the virtual team HERE
  • Brian Burt -- Engaging the virtual team HERE
  • Jenn Sramek -- Lessons learned from leading a multinational virtual team HERE

Free IATF Visiting Faculty Audio Interview

How to be inspired and inspiring – everywhere, with everyone, all the time - with IATF Visiting Faculty Member Dr. Lance Secretan.  CLICK HERE to access the recording for a limited time

Free Teambuilding Game with VIDEO

How important is timing and coordination of efforts on your team?  Here's a simple no-prop game that can help your team practice and refine these skills.  CLICK HERE for video and more info.

Free Team Theory

How does a teambuilding game relate to a job?  CLICK HERE


January 21, 2009 -- "Lessons In Leadership" in Asheville, NC  MORE INFO

March & April 2010 -- "AEE regional conferences all over US  MORE INFO

The "Control Model" and Teamwork -- Leadership Skills TeleSeminar

For too many, leading and working on teams is stressful.  Much of the source of this stress is generated by wasting time, thoughts, and emotions focusing on things that can't be controlled.

In this 27-minute long "laser" TeleSeminar we'll explore a model that will help you (and your team) get a clear idea of what you can control (and what you can't).

The ultimate outcome of this TeleSeminar is to help reduce your stress and increase your productivity.

Call Details


Understanding The Control Model


Wednesday January 20, 2010


Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 27 minutes


Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF


Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!


This call is archived in the IATF members only area.


Free for all subscribers of the IATF free e-newsletter.


Registration closed.

New Teambuilding Game: Ground Slap

How important is timing and coordination of efforts on your team?  Here's a simple no-prop game that can help a team practice and refine these skills.

This teambuilding game called "Ground Slap" and can be played sitting around a table or (preferably) kneeling on the ground in a circle.

The setup is important - - with team members on hands and knees, ask everyone to place their right hand in between the hands of the person to his/her right.  The end result will weave everyone's hands together.

Here's the challenge:  The leader starts by slapping his/her right hand on the ground which starts a domino effect meaning, the hand immediately to the right must slap the ground and then the hand immediate to that hand must slap the ground, and so on. If someone slaps the ground twice in a row then the direction of the ground slapping domino effect reverses (watch the video and you'll see this happen).

Would you like to lead this teambuilding game with your group?

Join the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators and receive immediate access to the growing online archive of teambuilding games.  The lead-it-yourself instructions include: 

  • Setup & Preparation directions
  • Rules
  • Comments and insights about the teambuilding game
  • Debriefing suggestions
  • Variations
  • Detailed "how to make it" if props are involved
  • Video clips and photos

Over 100 new and different lead-it-yourself teambuilding game write-ups and growing!

All this and MORE when you become a member of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators.  CLICK HERE to explore the list of member benefits.

CLICK HERE for a sample teambuilding game write-up.

"Lessons In Leadership" workshop in Asheville, NC

The Western North Carolina Lessons In Leadership group will be hosting a fantastic evening training event in Asheville, North Carolina (headquarters of the IATF) on January 21, 2010.

The theme will be Leadership 2010: Accelerating Results in Uncertain Times.

The featured presenters are nationally-acclaimed leadership coach and motivational speaker CHIP MADERA, and GEORGE FLEMING, whose Personal Transformation workshop at Lessons in Leadership 2009 was a huge hit!  Read about their presentations here.

In keeping with the Lessons in Leadership concept of "giving back to the community," both presenters and many other people involved in organizing the event have donated their time and talents free of charge which means you can attend this amazing world-class leadership training for a low $25 per person (discounts for groups).

Space is limited so please register now!

Association for Experiential Education -- Regional Conferences Spring 2010

AEE_logo The Association for Experiential Education (AEE) offers regional conferences each spring.  I've attended AEE regional conferences and have presented at them as well.  There are always great workshops and great people to learn from.

From the AEE website:

AEE sponsors a variety of events for experiential educators, practitioners and students from around the world to come together in a supportive community with the goal of promoting, defining, developing, and applying the theories and practices of experiential education.

AEE conferences are designed to help you to develop professionally, find employment or employees, learn valuable new strategies and skills to integrate into your work, and develop lasting personal and professional relationships.

The conferences take place in 8 regions of North America during March and April.

CLICK HERE for details and links.