"Searching is half the fun.  Life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party. "
                                                        ~Jimmy Buffet


Wheel of a Deal Wednesday

The Spokesperson E-Newsletter
Virtual Scavenger Hunt, Plus New Handout Available!

Hello facilitator friends!

Last week I built out my first Virtual Scavenger Hunt for a client and it was so much fun!  I incorporated team activities like Word Circles, Puzzle Slides and had groups deciphering Morse Code to then search Google Earth for specific coordinates to find a unique rooftop for a clue.  I incorporated debriefing activities and movement activities throughout the hunt to ensure it wasn't just a Team Bonding experience, that there was true experiential learning and fun along the way. I still facilitated the process with the group so it wasn't too unlike what I would do if we were all in the same room.  There was adventure, problem-solving, process, communication skills and other directly relatable, transferable learning back to the real world.  The client was thrilled and wants me to build out several more hunts!  Hooray!   I plan to host a Facilitator Virtual Scavenger Hunt in a few weeks to let you experience the fun.

I have one person in particular to thank for being an excellent role model for me in the Scavenger Hunt world, Dave Blum.  Dr Clue as he is commonly referred to, has built out over 150 in-person Scavenger Hunts all over the world.  Dave and I met at a conference over a decade ago, and we have stayed in touch over the years.  He recently built out a few Virtual Scavenger Hunts and invited me to attend his beta-test runs.  I learned so much from him in such a short time.  It was fun to see him incorporate some of the activities he learned from me in his hunts as well.  It's all about learning from each other!  

As we get progressively deeper into the days, weeks and months of social distancing, I'm loving the evolution of virtual team building and how the facilitator community is adapting to the ever-changing needs and demands of the world.  Keep up the great work!  I personally benefited from being a participant in a few Zoom sessions last week, giving myself the opportunity to learn from other great facilitators in the field.  I certainly learned new tips & tricks from Chris Cavert, John Losey, Solomon Masala, Kendra Bostwick, Bryn Lottig, Mark Collard, Chad Littlefield and Will Wise, all of which are doing great things.

NEW HANDOUT ALERT!  If you are new to this newsletter and want to watch the recordings from the past three Zoom sessions on Virtual Team Building Games, you can find them on our YouTube Channel.  Feel free to hit the 'subscribe' button so you get a notification whenever we upload a new video!  Here is a link to the free downloadable handouts that accompany the workshops, including the most recent session on Virtual Team Building Activities - Part 3.  Feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested.  

Best wishes to you and your loved ones to be healthy, safe and to be virtually connected.  

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

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Personify Leadership
Important Training Wheels Info

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.
Buzz Ring
The Buzz Ring is a great activity to do with your group, to either start your day or end your day on. Get the "Buzz Rings" whirring on the large ring and talk about the "buzz words" that your group uses all of the time, 'teamwork' 'trust' 'communication'--get them talking more in depth about what those words mean with the aid of the buzz ring.  

Regular:  $24.99  On Sale:  $19.99

Click here to purchase or for more information.
Icebreaker Wheelies, Comfort Zone Wheelies, All Wheelies!
Your Turn at the Wheel Cards are great tools to get your groups engaged, talking, and sharing experiences. We have a large range of Question cards to choose from:  Icebreakers, Inspirational Quotes, Conflict Resolution, Leadership Questions, and Debriefing Questions.

Pick a card, find a partner, answer the questions on your cards. Great icebreaker activity as well as discussion topics to use with groups. You can pick the questions that will reach your groups experience best or challenge them to think outside the box.

Regularly  $24.99   On Sale: $20.99

Click here to order or for more information
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.

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

May 27, Virtual Client Program, Moose Jaw, Saskachewan

June 17, Tentative Client Program, Virginia

June 23, Virtual Keynote for a Youth Event

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