Esther Choy on “Should I Really Admit This?”

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Consultants, Events, Interviews, January, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Tommie Hansen via creativecommons.org Should I Really Admit This? How to Find Common Ground at Networking Events I belong to a private club in downtown Chicago. It occupies a regal, historic building. Membership requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, three letters of support from current members, and an ability to shoulder a monthly [...]

The Creative World of Play with Corporate Event Interactive

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Entrepreneurs, Events, Innovation, Interviews, Problem Solving, Puzzles, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jodi Whitlock of Corporate Event Interactive tells us about how their team got started, where she likes to vacation (don't forget the wine!) and what's coming up for CEI. What made you get into this business? CEI began as a traditional event planning company. We quickly discovered an affinity for the teambuilding and interactive part of [...]

September Coloring Book Calendar 2016

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Art, Calendar, Catalyst Ranch, Creative, Creativity, Design, September, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hover over the coloring book calendar page then click the magnifying glass to print your September 2016 calendar. Color it in and post it to our Facebook page for a chance to win a nifty prize!

Ranch Hand Spotlight: Tatiana Green

By | October 28th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Catalyst Ranch is staffed by an incredible team of quirky characters known as Ranch Hands. Ranch Hand Spotlight is an occasional blog series that invites you to take a sneak peek behind the scenes. Creative Juice readers please give a warm welcome to Ranch Hand Tatiana Green, who was recently promoted to Assistant Morning and Special [...]

Backwards Spelling Bee

By | September 16th, 2010|Categories: Meetings|Tags: , |

Noitavonni…. Say what? That “word” is innovation spelled backwards. Now try spelling creativity out loud, harder than you thought right? Having a backwards spelling can be a good brain teaser exercise to use before the initial start of a meeting. It throws people for a loop a bit and really gets those wheels spinning.   Assignment:  [...]

People Collages

By | August 25th, 2010|Categories: Meetings|Tags: , , |

What in the world? Here is an icebreaker that brings out creativity and imagination from your meeting attendees. All you need is some old magazines and glue to create an out of this world person. Silly facial expressions, dog tails, robotic legs…. The sky is the limit.   Assignment: Put together a person using various body [...]

Creative Mastermind

By | June 21st, 2010|Categories: Meetings|Tags: , , |

Here is a project to bring out the “creative mastermind” within your next meeting’s attendees. In order to complete this project, team members will need to be innovative, creative, and able to think fast on their feet. It's a great jump start for getting problem solving ideas floating around the room, as well as group brainstorming. [...]

Crazy Paper Plate Pets

By | May 26th, 2010|Categories: Brainstorm, Meetings|Tags: , , , |

Holding a puppet is empowering, puppets can allow you to explore new ideas and create endless different situations. Here is an excellent energizer to spark people’s imagination and get your meeting started in the right mind set.  It is also an icebreaker getting people to laugh and work as a team. With a puppet, your meeting’s [...]

The Cartoon Character

By | May 11th, 2010|Categories: Creativity, Meetings|Tags: , |

  Re-creating yourself as a cartoon character could be the perfect icebreaker for your next meeting and a great way to catch your audience off guard and give them a good laugh. Humor is a great way to make your training or meeting more memorable! Assignment:  Create a mask that shows how you would like to [...]

The Cartoon Character Ice Breaker Exercise

By | July 14th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Today I thought I'd share a fun "getting to know you" exercise that you can use at the start of your next meeting and get everyone's creative juices flowing. This one is perfect to use with groups who don't know each other as well as those where we think we know everyone quite well. The beauty [...]