"When creativity melds together with global issues, 
I believe you can bring the world together . "
                                                        ~Virgil Abloh


Wheel of a Deal Wednesday

The Spokesperson E-Newsletter
Virtual Team Building Games
Hello facilitator friends!

It's now been about six weeks since Colorado issued it's stay-at-home orders (which is where I live).  Since then it's been a whirlwind of creating and sharing as many Virtual Team Building games as my fast little fingers could type out!  I will admit that up until six weeks ago I would have considered myself a 'slow adopter' to the Virtual Team Building world.  Now I can say I've embraced it and actually liking it now.  ( What!?!)  It's sparked a creativity bug in me that has been dormant for a little while.  I'm also loving how open the facilitator community has been with sharing ideas and successes.  A BIG thanks to so many of you that have been so giving of your time and talents.  Kudos!

Last week I lead another Zoom session on More Virtual Team Building Games (Part 2) and over 1,000 people registered!  Wow!  (and a big WELCOME! to our new facilitators that found me through these sessions.)  It focused on different games than the first session (Part 1).  If you missed last week's session, here is the recording.  Here is a link to the free downloadable handout that accompanies this workshop.  Feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested.  

Tomorrow I'm leading another new Zoom session with everything I've been working on since the last session.  Virtual Team Building Games - Part 3 -  will be Thursday April 23 at 2:00pm MT / 4:00pm ET.  This will focus on different activities than the first two sessions as I continue to tweak and convert activities to fit a virtual audience. (and learn activities from others!)  I've also been working on more 'real time' team activities that everyone can access at the same time, rather than one person controlling a screen and everyone else verbally guiding.  I'm LOVING some of these new tweaks and can't wait to share them with you!  Registration required to reserve your spot and is limited to 1,000 people (over 500 have already registered!).  I anticipate it filling up so if you want to participate in the live version register soon!  Click here to register for  Virtual Team Building Activities - Part 3 .  I will record the session and share it on our social media channels and in the newsletter next week.

I'm working on the handout for the Part 3 session and will share it out as soon as it's finished.   Many thanks to those that have sent in activity ideas and volunteered to help me practice on various platforms.  I love this community and the willingness to share! 

And three last things:

1.  I've had several people inquire about hiring me to help them design and build out their Virtual Team Building programs.  I'd be happy to discuss this with you!  Just shoot me an email and we can discuss rates and time needed.

2.  We're closing in on the final days of my Online Experiential Facilitation 101 course at 50% off until April 30.  This course teaches 45 essential facilitation skills through experiential activities.  It's a self-paced course that teaches a plethora of tools, techniques and philosophies within experiential facilitation.  Just enter the code ' supportlearning' when checking out and it will apply the discount.  Also, if you work for an organization or university/college that would be interested in offering this course, email me back and we can set up a time to discuss it in more detail.   

3.  As a reminder, our warehouse is still open to ship orders!  Not many people know this, but we operate Training Wheels on our property, so since we're still at home, I can still ship orders out!  I haven't run the shipping department in a looooong time, but I still remember how to do it!  I have great people employed that usually do this for me now, but for the short-term yours truly is more than willing to ship you any activities or props you may need.  So if you have budget dollars you need to spend or any needs for support materials, I would love any support you can give to my small business so I can keep my staff employed for the long run.  Thank you!  

Best wishes to everyone in this odd time in history.  Be healthy, be safe and remember that spending time in nature can be very healing for the soul.

Have fun out there, 
Michelle Cummings
Owner/Trainer/Big Wheel
Training Wheels  

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Personify Leadership
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Wheel of a Deal:  On Sale this Week...

Virtual Tip Jar
If you feel inclined to support my work in creating virtual activities and freely sharing them you can donate to my virtual tip jar.  This helps cover some of the costs associated with upping my Zoom subscription to accommodate more people, the time put into slide deck and handout preparation and testing out different platforms that help us all out in the long run.  This is not expected in any way, shape or form, but if you can and want to, please do!  Thank you!

Regular:  $1 - ??  Your choice!

Click here to donate o r for more information.
Blank Thumball
The BlankThumball was designed to help facilitators, trainers and teachers create their own review questions to get participants talking about what they are learning. Using a fine-tipped permanent marker, you can write directly onto the blank panels.

Regular:  $24.99  On Sale:  $12.99

Click here to purchase  or for more information.
Body Part Debrief Thumball
The Body Part Debrief Thumballâ„¢ was designed to help facilitators, trainers and teachers ask participants thoughtful questions about their experiences.  The body-focused metaphors are easy for participants to relate to.  This process can help shift some of the responsibility for successful processing from the facilitator to the participants. The questions can be answered in a group setting or used with individuals.

Regularly  $24.99   On Sale: $22.99

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Experiential Facilitation 101 Class

Our Experiential Facilitation 101 training is an introductory class for the team building facilitator.  This three-day training provides an important first step in building the foundational skills necessary to lead experiential programs.  
Date:  July 7-9, 2020
Date:  October 6-8, 2020
Date:  December 15-17, 2020
Location:  Hampton Inn, Littleton, CO
Time:  9:00am-4:30pm,  Breakfast & Lunch included!
Price:  Regularly $975
Includes instruction manual and $50 credit towards Training Wheels gear.

Certification in this class:  $3500, July 7-10, October 6-9 and December 15-18.
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Where In the World is Michelle?
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops where Michelle is presenting:  
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Want to participate in one of Michelle's workshops?  Is she near you?  Piggy back a training for your organization when she is traveling near you.  Here's a link to our event calendar as well.

All In-Person Programs Cancelled or Postponed through mid-June.

April 23,  Virtual Team Building Games - Part 3 , 2:00pm MST / 4:00pm ET

May 17-19, Virtual AWAG Conference, Munich, Germany

May 27, Virtual Client Program, Moose Jaw, Saskachewan

June 17, Tentative Client Program, Virginia

June 27-29, Tentative ACU-HO Conference, Portland, OR

July 7-9, Experiential Facilitation 101 class, Littleton, CO