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  • Teambuilding Icebreakers and why they work – kicking off a successful event with Brooks Rehabilitation

    “ Just Add Rhythm did a fantastic job opening up our leadership conference. The activity helped to get everybody motivated and excited for the rest of the day…they did a great job incorporating our Rethink Leadership theme into the icebreaker activity helping to frame the rest of the conference for our management team.” – Kirssis Rullan, Brooks Rehabilitation

    Could your organization benefit from a teambuilding icebreaker?  If so, these activities can be the perfect way to kick off the day with energy and smiles.

    Recently we offered Brooks Rehabilitation a teambuilding icebreaker for their annual managers retreat.  Their goal was to provide their attendees with a high-energy activity right off the bat.  They wanted their group fired up.  And, they wanted to encourage attendees to think outside the box and look at ideas and concepts from a new perspective.

    Rhythmic activities that include drumming and hand percussion are the perfect fit for this type of event.  Here’s why:

    Drumming and rhythm are highly accessible

    Most people can play a drum with little instruction needed.  And unlike other instruments, it’s pretty simple to get a satisfying sound out of a drum.  Even babies know how to hit a drum!

    Accessibility means you can get people having fun right off the bat.  Our motto is “zero to drumming in 60 seconds!” So, no complicated explanation means more time for fun.

    It’s a naturally high-energy activity

    You’ve spent months planning an event for your organization.  So what better way to make sure everyone gets psyched about it?  Teambuilding icebreakers that use rhythm are always high-energy.  The drum rolls, the playful interactions, and the sound of hundreds of people drumming are infectious.  And the smiles will continue throughout the day!

    It highlights the theme and messages for your event

    Drumming together creates opportunities for workplace metaphors.  The theme for Brooks Rehabilitation’s event was “re-thinking leadership.”  Our icebreaker incorporated that theme in several ways. First, we invited people to the front to lead the group.  Then, we divided into 4 groups, each playing a different rhythm, and played different combinations of those rhythms together.  Finally, we created a rhythm out of the phrase “think outside the box” and invited people to play their own version of it.  As they played, they noticed how their rhythm fit in with everyone else’s around them.

    Whether you’re planning a conference, retreat, or meeting, we’re confident you’ll want to include a high-energy teambuilding icebreaker into the mix.  Check out photos in the gallery below, and take a look at the recording of our Facebook Live video from the event (make sure to check out the second video as well)!

    Interested in an icebreaker for your next event?  Reach out to us!

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  • Back to school – tips for getting back into the rhythm

    Back to school – sales, preparation, and Facebook photos with kids proudly holding up signs displaying their grade as they show off their shiny new backpacks.

    Back to school can also mean it’s time to tweak your daily and weekly schedule.  It’s time to fall back into the rhythm of the school year.  Even if you’re not a parent, you likely experience some effects of the school calendar – driving through school zones, planning projects around school breaks, and avoiding scheduling meetings until everyone is “caught up.”

    Below are some simple schedule and mindset tweaks to get you back into the school-year rhythm – whether it’s just you or the whole family.

    Plan a weekly or monthly meal cycle

    Whether you’re packing the kids’ lunches or just trying to get back on track with nutrition after several months of eating vacation-style, planning ahead is key.

    Of course, there’s meal planning kits such as Blue Apron, HelloFresh, or -if you’re in the Jax area – Kathy’s Table.  My husband and I started using eMeals, an online meal planning tool that offers affordable payment options and a variety of different dietary accommodations.

    Another resource we utilize is a binder full of recipes organized by type of meal that we can flip through if we want to see what we haven’t made in awhile.  These are recipes we’ve honed over the years so we can easily plan for and make them on the weekend.

    Have you tried the free pickup services that are being offered at many large grocery retailers now, including Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Target and Publix?  This is great if you plan your meals ahead and take 1-2 days to batch cook.

    Whatever method works for your family, the key is to plan ahead to avoid ‘surprises’ – hunger sneaks up on you and you end up ordering fast food because you’re out of options.  Once you find your rhythm of what works best for you, continue to stick with it and hone it – and utilize all that technology designed to make your life easier!

    Get back into that workout regimen

    During the summer, you might have let the workouts slide – between vacations, visits to family and friends, road trips, and other summer fun, did you maybe excuse yourself from the gym for awhile?

    You might work out at a different time of day during the year than the summer, especially if you’re a parent.  Kids’ drop-off and pickup schedules might be different during the school year, meaning you have to squeeze a workout in during a different time of day.  Figure out what your morning and afternoon school obligations are and design a workout schedule around that – and stick to it.

    Even if you’re not a parent, your exercise schedule in the summer might be totally different than what you’re doing now.  With the days starting to get shorter and the time change coming up, you might find your body is more receptive to workouts at a certain time of day.  Get it on the calendar!

    Plan for fun

    Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean the fun has to end.  Get with your significant other and/or kids and plan some weekend or holiday activities you can all look forward to.  For me, those schedule changes are always more bearable if I know something fun is coming up.

    Check out your city’s local online calendar of events, including festivals, concerts, charity fun runs, museums and more.  When we moved to Northeast Florida, my husband and I started a checklist of places we wanted to go and things we wanted to do in our new area.  It’s fun being a tourist in your own town!

    More back to school fun

    If you’re looking for more fun, head over to our vlog on the Just Add Rhythm YouTube channel to check out monthly ideas of how to incorporate rhythm into your life.  September’s vlog focuses on creating back to school rhythms with your kids.  Rhythm fun for everyone!

    Do you know of a school or organization that would benefit from some back-to-school rhythm fun?  Email us so we can chat about how to help create an unforgettable event!


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  • End of summer fun with Putnam County Library

    Summer ended with a bang at the Putnam County Library‘s summer reading awards ceremony!  We added a little rhythm before the young readers accepted their awards for a job well done.  It was exciting to see so many families come out in support of their children reading.

    Summer learning

    As we’ve done all summer, again we focused on three key areas during the drumming:

    • Listening – participants learned to listen to the rhythm and adjust their volume and speed to match that of their fellow drummers
    • Leadership – participants had an opportunity to lead the group in volume changes and grouping cues
    • Communication – participants learned about verbal and non-verbal communication and the importance of being aware of what leaders are communicating

    Family fun

    It’s encouraging when the parents, grandparents and other family members participate in the drumming, for two reasons:

    1. They show an interest in their children’s activities and model appropriate and engaging behavior for them
    2. It’s a chance for them to bring out their inner child and have some relaxing fun too!

    Check out the pictures in our gallery below to see some of the fun we had!

    Do you know of an organization that would benefit from adding a little rhythm into their operations?  Contact us and we’ll design a program that fits your needs!

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