Corporate Singing
Singing is a powerful instrument. It can energize a group, but it can also play a vital role in the development of individuals. Where people sing inevitably something interesting happens. How do you seduce people to start singing even in a more formal setting? That depends on the occasion. What's the goal, what's the group like? Are there 8, 80 or 800 participants? Let's show you some of the possibilities.

Entertaining performances
When performing for a large group, Jan Kortie is often announced as a 'guest expert'. His introduction looks and sounds perfectly serious in the beginning, although humor plays an important part. As the lecture advances, more and more strange and extravagant elements appear. For example the word 'singing' occurs often in the presented 'statistics'. For most participants it is then no longer a complete surprise when they are invited to stand up. With the help of some easy and comic exercises they are then seduced to make sounds and to sing. This results in a song specially written for the occasion, on a well known melody. 

EU Conference

The Memberstates and Candidate Memberstates of the European Union held a seminar for those working on the communication in the different countries about the enlargement of the EU. During a dinner-party 'professor Jan Potter' gave a keynote-speech about the latest Dutch insights on their field. In the end the participants were singing out their love for Europe.

Or more than entertaining
In performances like the ones described above entertainment and singing together are the most important ingredients, more than the contents. His experience as a choir director, singing teacher and management coach enables Jan Kortie to provide his public with lively stories about the parallels between the musician's practice and the manager's. How does creativity work, how does one become an animating leader, how does one cope with pressure at work? A story everyone recognizes is illustrated by singing exercises and moments of reflection and is concluded by singing together. 

The NAM/Shell

The NAM/Shell invited some sixty people from different parts and levels of the organisation to attend a two-day seminar about the future of the company. As creativity forms an essential element these days Jan Kortie gave a workshop about that, followed by community singing.

More extensive projects
Singing (together) offers more possibilities. The teamspirit can really be stimulated by transforming management or all personnel into a real choir and rehearsing with them as a preparation for a party act or an inauguration performance. Any group large enough can sing in a two- or three-part-harmony, and this has an incredible effect, both on the group itself as on the public.
Randstad Holding
For the goodbye-party of Randstad's CEO the whole staff of Randstad Holding formed a choir and rehearsed during two lunch-breaks. They performed a ten minute medley as if they had been studying for many weeks.   

Smaller groups
In smaller groups, singing can help participants to develop their creativity, intuition, leadership, cooperation, presentation and communication skills. Singing is the most direct way of expression, it doesn't require specific knowledge or talent from the participants to be quite effecive as training. At the same time these courses create a clear teambuilding effect: while singing, people show themselves to others in a way that says more than a lot of beautiful words. 
An international Unilever Board held a series of three day meetings to enhance an integration proces after a merger. Apart from dealing with some business issues these meetings were meant to improve the cooperation and to develop the leadership skills of the participants. During this proces Jan Kortie gave them a couple of three hour workshops in which they improvised solos and duets. Also they acted as choir-masters, to get some more insight and practice in the kind of authority that people experience as inviting.

For more than fifty (almost only male) managers a two day seminar about quality improvement was organised. The program of the evening was a performance by a famous Dutch singer built on the theme of the meeting, combined with a singing workshop directed by Jan Kortie. At the end of the evening the managers were singing as a real choir, with a professional soloist, and they still regret that it is not recorded on a CD.