Corporate Opportunities

Want your teams singing from the same hymn sheet? Book a singing session as part of your company away day.

I’m a singer. I’m aware that singing and business do not often mix. And no, I haven’t gone completely mad.
Company away days, conferences and team building days usually have a number of objectives;

• Improve business productivity
• Enhance inter-organisation individual and team relationships
• Enable employees to learn new skills
• Allow staff to let their hair down and have a bit of fun

Achieving this typically involves a combination of workshops, industry presentations, motivational speakers and ‘fun’ activities from cookery classes to assault courses.  Well I’d like to throw another option out there. One with surprising but proven benefits. One that has the potential to achieve all of the above.

And not just benefits for the confident, sociable employees among your workforce. Give me a group of self-conscious, serious professionals, I’ll have them smiling, laughing, engaged, interacting, learning and developing skills before you can say ‘Tell me why, I hate Mondays’.

Believe me I’ve done it. If I can get 20 smartly dressed professionals at a networking meeting standing up and singing their hearts out to ‘The grand old duke of York’, then I can do anything.

And no, there was no prosecco involved.

So what is involved and why should you book a corporate singing session at your next company conference?

1. Presenting and communication skills. Many roles, particularly the more senior you are, will involve presenting. Presenting involves having the confidence and skills to project your voice and deliver engagingly. A singing session will teach breathing techniques which will help with overcoming nerves; how to project from deep within the vocal cavity; correct stance; vocal preparation including exercising the key muscles; pitch, tone and volume. These are all essential skills in working life; underpinning successful performance in meetings, presentations and pitches.

2. Learning to multi-task. Singing requires multi-tasking. You need to deliver a melody, remember the lyrics, focus on breathing, stand correctly plus I’ll throw in some other challenges to keep delegates on their toes. It’s the perfect way to encourage discipline and concentration.

3. Singing is a proven stress-buster, anxiety-reducer, tension-reliever and mood-enhancer. Singing is as natural as breathing; an activity we all do without thinking and plays a key role in the lives of every culture in the world. Of course, as we get older, our inhibitions kick in and unless we’re a closet Tom Jones our singing tends to be confined to the shower, at celebrations where we enjoy safety in numbers or at karaoke where some Dutch courage may have played a role. My sessions are completely non-intimidating, without any spotlight on individuals or cause for embarrassment. In the safety of a group, the focus is very much on me as the trainer, the exercises and everyone taking part. By the end of the session delegates will have shaken off stresses, feel liberated and uplifted.

4. Singing is a great leveller. Want to give junior level staff the opportunity to engage with senior managers in a non-hierarchical setting? Well this is it. The chances are everyone in the group will feel equally unskilled and vulnerable when it comes to singing. So all levels and types of staff will work together, learn together and laugh together, bonded by an unforgettable but valuable experience. When it comes to harmonising, they’ll also have to listen to each other. Another highly important skill contributing to improved team-working and stronger customer relations.

5. Motivation and productivity. It’s a matter of scientific fact that singing releases endorphins into the brain, as well dopamine, a chemical in the brain associated with pleasure and reward. What better way to distract employees from the stress of the day to day job, and return them to the office refreshed and motivated, than a good rousing singalong session. Motivation and productivity are directly linked and therefore there’s no question your organisation will see the commercial benefits from investing in motivational-boosting activities for your staff.

So that’s singing. One of the most basic and simple of activities, yet with far-reaching impact on development and performance. It’s cost effective and can be delivered at any venue.

Of course you could send your staff out into the freezing cold, muddy woods and tell them to work together to find their way back. But if you’re looking for harmony in the workplace, my money’s on a far warmer and enjoyable experience…

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About Jenny Green Sings

From Jenny's early love of pop music, to big band, jazz and acapella, she has a wealth of knowledge, expertise, skill and experience and with her ever expanding repertoire, covering songs from the world of Jazz, swing, to soul Latin and popular standards. Jenny is in great demand as a function singer with her bands and is ideal for weddings & corporate events.