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Vertical Playpen

Want to learn more about Adventure and Experiential Education? Then this podcast is for you! Listeners of this podcast will get; - Adventure Programming Theory - Facilitation Tips - Activity Ideas - Industry Career Advice - Interviews from Industry Professionals High 5 Adventure Learning Center is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping individuals, teams, schools, communities and businesses improve the way they live, learn and work together. Connect with us at high5adventure.org

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Connection before Content | Chad Littlefield
In this episode, Phil Brown interviews Chad Littlefield, the Chief Experience Officer of We and Me Inc. They start with a fun segment of random questions before diving into Chad's journey in experiential adventure education. Chad shares his first experience in experiential education and how it influenced his career path. He also discusses the importance of curiosity and connection in his work. Chad explains his role as the Chief Experience Officer and how WeConnect cards are designed to make connection easy for people. He offers advice on using the cards effectively, emphasizing the power of choice and incorporating content in activities. In this conversation, Phil Brown and Chad Littlefield discuss the importance of listening and asking powerful questions in creating meaningful connections. They explore different frameworks and techniques for effective communication, including the use of WeConnect cards and the concept of intention and openness. They also discuss the need for adaptation and innovation in the field of experiential education, especially in the context of remote work and virtual connections.     Takeaways; Experiential adventure education can have a profound impact on personal and professional development. Following curiosity can lead to finding one's passion and purpose. Connection is essential for healing, growth, and success in various contexts. WeConnect cards are designed to make connection easy and can be used by facilitators and non-facilitators alike. Giving people choice in answering questions can lead to deeper and more authentic conversations. Incorporating content and weaving it into activities can enhance the effectiveness of using WeConnect cards. Listening to understand is more effective than listening to win. Being clear about your intention and sharing it with others can create a foundation for trust and collaboration. Entering a conversation with an open mind and being willing to be changed by the other person can lead to deeper connections. Asking open-ended questions, particularly those starting with 'how' or 'what', can foster curiosity and meaningful dialogue. In the field of experiential education, there is a need for adaptation and innovation to create impactful experiences. Simplifying tools and focusing on purpose can enhance the effectiveness of facilitation. Learn more about Chad - https://weand.me/ Check out Chad's Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/@chad.littlefield Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com Contact the podcast; Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen
49:30 5/21/24
The Global Organization of Tree Climbers | Harv Teitelbaum
Harv discusses his journey into tree climbing and the emotional and physical benefits it provides. He explains the accessibility of tree climbing and the equipment used. The conversation also touches on the overlap between tree climbing and challenge courses, emphasizing the importance of connecting with nature and the environment. Harv shares information about the Global Organization of Tree Climbers and where to find more information about tree climbing.     Takeaways Tree climbing provides a sense of perspective, adventure, and discovery, and offers a reset in the universe. Tree climbing is accessible to people of various physical abilities and does not require extensive physical fitness. There is an overlap between tree climbing and challenge courses in terms of connecting with nature, teaching about the environment, and fostering empathy and support for nature. Knowing the species of trees and understanding their importance in ecosystems can enhance the tree climbing experience and build a constituency for environmental protection. The Global Organization of Tree Climbers (GOTC) provides guidelines, training, and a network of instructors and facilitators for safe tree climbing. Tree climbing is a fun and social activity that enhances relationships and provides a shared context for conversations. https://www.gotreeclimbing.org/ contact the podcast -  email - podcast@high5adventure.org instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
29:25 5/14/24
Visual Art and Adventure | Adam Ames
Adam Ames, a visual artist, shares his experience attending a workshop at High 5 and how it transformed his approach to art and teaching. He discusses the initial skepticism he had, the moments of reflection and realization, and the impact of experiential education on his life. The conversation also touches on the creation of a sculpture that represents the group and the philosophy of adventure and experiential education. Overall, the conversation highlights the importance of embracing new experiences, the value of reflection, and the power of teamwork.     Takeaways Experiential education can have a profound impact on one's approach to art, teaching, and life in general. Reflection and moments of realization are key components of the experiential education process. The creation of a sculpture that represents a group can be a powerful way to convey the philosophy of adventure and experiential education. Embracing new experiences and being open to different perspectives can lead to personal growth and transformation. Teamwork and collaboration are essential in both art and experiential education. https://www.typea.us/ Contact the podcast - email - podcast@high5adventure.org instagram - @verticalplaypen music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com
44:04 5/7/24
The Importance of SEL for Educators | Tre Gammage
Tre Gamage shares his journey into social-emotional learning (SEL) and the importance of SEL in education. He discusses the need for SEL programs for both students and adults, bridging the gap between generations, and the impact of every decision in life. He emphasizes that now is the time for SEL to shine, especially in the current climate of COVID-19 and discussions around equity. Tre provides resources for further learning and skill-building in SEL.     Takeaways; SEL is essential in education and should be a part of school plans SEL programs should be implemented for both students and adults Bridging the gap between generations is crucial for understanding and connection Every decision in life matters and contributes to one's legacy Now is the time for SEL to shine, especially in the current climate Resources for further learning and skill-building in SEL are available Connect with Tre -  https://www.tregammage.com/ Contact the podcast -  email - podcast@high5adventure.org instagram - @verticalplaypen music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
24:03 4/30/24
High 5 Executive Director and Founding Director | Jen Ottinger and Jim Grout
In this conversation, Phil Brown interviews Jim Grout and Jen Ottinger about their roles at High 5 Adventure Learning Center and the past, present, and future of the organization. Jen shares how she was drawn to High 5 and the adventure education field, while Jim reflects on the early days of High 5 and the growth of the organization. They discuss their complementary leadership styles and the importance of trust and collaboration. They also talk about the future of High 5, including exploring the concept of social enterprise, promoting career building in the industry, and supporting professional development through a scholarship fund.     Takeaways; Jen was drawn to High 5 because of the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people and the excitement and passion she saw in the organization and its customers. Jim and Jen have complementary leadership styles, with Jim being the visionary and Jen being the integrator, which has been a successful partnership for High 5. Trust and collaboration are key elements of their leadership approach, and they prioritize putting people first and supporting the team. The future of High 5 includes exploring the concept of social enterprise, promoting career building in the adventure education industry, and supporting professional development through a scholarship fund. high5adventure.org Contact the podcast - email - podcast@high5adventure.org instagram - @verticalplaypen music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com
25:38 4/23/24
Poles, Zip Line Brakes and Facilitation Techniques | High 5 Trivia
High 5 Trivia is a quiz show about the challenge course industry. The host, Jamie Thibodeau, asks questions from different categories such as gear, facilitation, construction, history, and general knowledge. The participants compete to answer the questions correctly and earn points. The show covers topics like wooden utility poles, passive zip line braking systems, facilitation techniques, gear terminology, and challenge course elements.    Takeaways; High 5 Trivia is a quiz show about the challenge course industry The show covers various topics related to gear, facilitation, construction, history, and general knowledge Participants compete to answer questions correctly and earn points The show provides insights into the challenge course industry and promotes learning and knowledge sharing Submit your questions; Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
25:14 4/16/24
Think Back | Jim Grout
This conversation explores the theme of leadership and the importance of building relationships in effective leadership. The discussion highlights examples of leadership from the movie Saving Private Ryan and the director of professional development (at the time the article was written) for the National Association of Independent Schools, Dave Mallory. The conversation also includes an exercise to reflect on positive and negative experiences with leaders and the impact of relationships in leadership.    Takeaways; Effective leadership is never without the attribute of building relationships. Leadership is about caring and forming connections with others. Positive leadership experiences leave a lasting impact and evoke feelings of respect, value, and happiness. Poor leadership can have negative effects and create a sense of discomfort or fear. Building relationships is a powerful tool in leadership and can create a safe and trusting environment. Understanding oneself and one's relationship with others is essential in effective leadership. High 5 Symposium - https://store.high5adventure.org/products/adventure-practitioners-symposium-1-day?utm_source=copyToPasteBoard&utm_medium=product-links&utm_content=web&_ga=2.244240269.92209463.1712521573-69781410.1683822041 Contact the podcast -  Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com
08:40 4/9/24
Questions and Trivia | ACCT Conference 2024
At the recent ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology) Conference in Oklahoma City, OK, Phil and Jamie had the pleasure of recording an episode with an in-person audience. The structure of the time was split between audience questions and a trivia show based on the Challenge Course industry. Play along and let us know how you did! Submit your questions -  Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Learn more and register for the High 5 Symposium -  https://store.high5adventure.org/products/adventure-practitioners-symposium-1-day?utm_source=copyToPasteBoard&utm_medium=product-links&utm_content=web&_ga=2.7451954.1611139391.1712014415-69781410.1683822041 Learn more about Catchbox - catchbox.com Music and Sound Effects - epidemicsound.com    
25:18 4/2/24
The Bear TV Series - Season 3 Predictions
In this conversation, Phil, Lisa and Chris discuss the finale of Season 2 and make predictions for Season 3 of the show. They analyze Carmy's leadership and the potential for growth and development in his character. They also explore the unresolved grief for Mikey and the impact it may have on the team. We also discuss the importance of team development in maintaining success and navigating renewal. The importance of vulnerability in leadership is highlighted, as well as the potential for new team members to join the group.     Takeaways: Leadership development and growth are important for individuals in a team. Unresolved grief can impact team dynamics and should be addressed. Imposter syndrome can arise when individuals are promoted or given new responsibilities. Success can bring its own challenges, and team development is crucial for maintaining performance. Renewal and adaptation are necessary for long-term success in any organization. The dynamics of a team can change as a business becomes more successful, and it is important to adapt to these changes. Leadership can come from individuals who do not hold formal titles, and their influence can be crucial to the success of the team. Balancing personal and professional life can be challenging for leaders, and finding ways to be vulnerable and open with the team can lead to better support and understanding. Adding new team members can bring fresh perspectives and skills to the group, but it is important to consider how they will fit into the existing dynamics. An operations manager or similar role may be necessary to support the team and ensure the smooth running of the business. What are your predictions? Let us know; Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
30:30 3/26/24
The Bear TV Series - The Power of Moments
In this conversation, Phil Brown, Lisa Hunt, and Chris Ortiz discuss the TV show 'The Bear' and its connections to the book 'The Power of Moments' by Chip and Dan Heath. They explore the key concepts of elevation, pride, insight, and connection, and how these concepts are reflected in the show and their work as facilitators. They also discuss the importance of recognizing and valuing others, the power of small gestures, and the role of charisma and sociability in building connections. The four key concepts are summarized below;   Elevation: This concept refers to moments that rise above the routine, mundane experiences of everyday life. These are the moments that make us feel lifted, inspired, or transformed. Elevation moments often involve surprise, joy, or awe, leaving a lasting impact on individuals. Pride: Pride moments are those in which individuals feel a sense of accomplishment, recognition, or validation for their efforts. These moments are characterized by a feeling of mastery, competence, or success. They often involve overcoming challenges or obstacles, leading to a boost in self-esteem and motivation. Insight: Insight moments occur when individuals gain a new understanding, perspective, or realization about themselves, others, or the world around them. These moments often come from moments of clarity, reflection, or learning, leading to personal growth, development, or transformation. Connection: Connection moments involve deepening relationships, fostering empathy, or strengthening bonds between individuals. These moments can arise from shared experiences, acts of kindness, or moments of vulnerability, leading to a sense of belonging, trust, and intimacy. Takeaways The TV show 'The Bear' provides examples of powerful moments that can be created intentionally. The concepts of elevation, pride, insight, and connection from 'The Power of Moments' book can be applied to both the show and facilitation work. Recognizing and valuing others is important in creating moments of pride. Breaking the script and creating unexpected experiences can elevate moments and engage participants. Building connections and practicing sociability are essential for effective facilitation. Contact us; Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
35:14 3/19/24
The Bear TV Series - Exploring Tina's Leadership Evolution
In this conversation, Chris, Phil and Lisa discuss the character of Tina from the show 'The Bear' and explore various themes related to team dynamics and leadership. They highlight Tina's incremental shifts in perspective and the importance of creating buy-in as well as the significance of allowing failure and highlighting mistakes as a means of growth. We emphasize the value of investing in the right tools and professional development to support individual strengths and also touch on the role of informal leaders in driving change within organizations.    Takeaways; Creating buy-in is essential for successful team dynamics and implementing change. Allowing individuals to fail and highlighting mistakes can lead to growth and learning. Investing in the right tools and professional development supports individual strengths and benefits the organization. Informal leaders play a crucial role in driving change and influencing team dynamics. Contact us; Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com
29:47 3/12/24
The Bear TV Series - Syd's Impact on Team Dynamics
In this conversation, Phil, Lisa and Chris discuss the character of Syd, the sous chef, in the TV show 'The Bear.' They explore Syd's impact on team dynamics, her impatience and eagerness for change, and the challenges she faces as a young and confident newcomer. We also discuss the importance of transparency and vulnerability in navigating change and building trust within a team. Overall, Syd's character represents the need for balance between confidence and humility in a work environment.   Takeaways; The introduction of a new team member can disrupt team dynamics and challenge established routines. Impatience and eagerness for change can create tension and resistance within a team. Transparency and open communication are crucial in navigating change and building trust. Age, gender, and identity can influence how a new team member is perceived and integrated into the team. Confidence can be both a strength and a facade, and vulnerability is essential for growth and connection. Rediscovering the joy in what we do can reignite our passion and purpose. Taking a step back from the daily grind and reflecting on why we do what we do is important. Small moments of positive feedback and enjoyment can have a significant impact. Contact us; Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
31:22 3/5/24
The Bear TV Series - Carmy and Richie
In this episode, the conversation focuses on the relationship between Carmy and Richie. It explores how their childhood friendship and non-family family dynamic contribute to their connection, the importance of building a strong foundation and trust in organizations is highlighted, as well as the impermanence of conflict and the need for touchstones and norms. The concept of finding purpose and aligning with a mission is discussed, along with the significance of supporting personal discoveries. The episode also delves into the appreciation for behind-the-scenes work and the value of authenticity and inclusion. Finally, it emphasizes that different purposes can still lead in the same direction.   Takeaways; Building a strong foundation and trust is crucial in relationships and organizations. Conflict can be impermanent if there is a strong foundation and common purpose. Supporting personal discoveries and allowing organic growth is important in leadership. Appreciating behind-the-scenes work and valuing authenticity and inclusion contribute to a positive organizational culture. Connect with us - Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and Sound effects - epidemicsound.com
20:31 2/27/24
The Bear TV Series - Team Dynamics and Takeaways for Facilitators
In this episode, the Phil, Lisa and Chris Ortiz discuss the TV show 'The Bear', produced by FX and available on HULU, and its relevance to their work in team development and group dynamics. They explore the complex characters and the impact of first impressions. The family dynamics and relationships in the show are also highlighted. The hosts provide a brief synopsis of the show and discuss the symbolism and bookending used in the storytelling. They compare 'The Bear' to another popular show, 'Ted Lasso,' and discuss the raw emotion and uncomfortable moments depicted in 'The Bear.' The importance of observation and group dynamics in facilitation work is emphasized. The concept of individual expression versus conformity is explored, along with the resistance to change and the need for alignment. The episode concludes with a preview of future episodes.   Takeaways; First impressions can be misleading, and people often have more dimensions than they initially present. The show 'The Bear' portrays raw emotion and uncomfortable moments, allowing viewers to sit in the discomfort and reflect on real-life experiences. Observation of group dynamics is an essential skill for facilitators, and 'The Bear' provides valuable insights into the dynamics of a kitchen staff. Balancing individual expression and conformity is crucial in team dynamics and program design. Resistance to change can be overcome by creating alignment and focusing on the benefits of adopting new practices. Contact the podcast; Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com
19:08 2/20/24
Loneliness and the Power of Connection
Inspired by a New York Times article, this conversation explores the topic of loneliness and the importance of connection in adventure education. Jim shares his personal experience with loneliness during his hospital stay and highlights the power of connection in sustaining him. The conversation emphasizes the need for intentional community building in workshops and the adventure education industry. It also discusses the importance of creating a supportive community for newcomers in the field through mentorship programs and scholarships. The conversation highlights the importance of reaching out and connecting with others. It emphasizes the power of simple gestures and how they can create a positive reaction in the other person.    Takeaways; Loneliness can have detrimental effects on physical and mental health. Connection and community building are essential in adventure education. Creating intentional moments for connection in workshops can enhance the overall experience. The adventure education industry should prioritize community building and support for newcomers. NYT Article on Loneliness - https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/06/opinion/loneliness-epidemic-solutions.html NYT Loneliness video - https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/21/opinion/loneliness-epidemic-mental-health.html Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
23:48 2/13/24
Client-focused Training, Collaboration and Cutaway Rescues | Andrew Bogue
In this conversation, Phil interviews Andrew Bogue (Challenge Quest) about his love for training and teaching in the ropes course industry. Bogue shares his passion for sharing knowledge and helping others learn. He emphasizes the importance of allowing trainees to make mistakes and providing a supportive and fun training environment. Bogue also discusses the need for collaboration and the negative impact of ego in the training industry. He shares his opinion on cutaway rescues and expresses his dislike for butt belays. Bogue encourages trainers to normalize mistakes and shares personal experiences of learning from mistakes. He concludes by highlighting the importance of knowing why you do what you do in training.   Takeaways; Create a supportive and fun training environment that allows trainees to make mistakes and learn from them. Collaborate with other trainers and organizations in the industry instead of viewing them as competitors. Normalize mistakes and emphasize the importance of learning from them. Know why you do what you do in training and focus on client needs rather than personal ego. Learn more about Challenge Quest - https://www.challengequest.com/ Bogue's email - bogue@challengequest.com Bogue's Instagram - @bogue_sunshine VOTE FOR VERTICAL PLAYPEN - https://www.facebook.com/groups/outdoormediaawards/permalink/1023821898848554/ Submit a workshop for the High 5 Symposium -  TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL, PLEASE INCLUDE: Workshop Title - Be captivating in a few words! Workshop Description - Craft a compelling 50-word summary. Audience - Identify who will benefit from your workshop. Outcomes - Outline what attendees will gain or achieve. Short Bio - Introduce yourself in 30 words or less. High-Resolution Photo/Headshot - Put a face to your name! All workshop sessions are 90 minutes. Email your proposal to amartino@high5adventure.org with "2024 Symposium Presentation" in the subject line. Submission Deadline: February 9, 2024.   Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
39:26 1/30/24
Presenting at Conferences
In this episode, Phil and Rich provide advice on how to present at conferences. They discuss the process of preparing and submitting a presentation, including choosing a title and solving a problem. They also emphasize the importance of co-presenting and structuring workshops with experiential activities. They suggest submitting workshop ideas multiple times and highlight the benefits of presenting at smaller conferences for emerging professionals. They also discuss the challenges of presenting to a large audience and the value of vulnerability in presenting. They encourage listeners to practice and test their workshops with smaller groups and provide actionable steps for developing workshop ideas.   Takeaways; Everyone has something to present on at conferences. Choose a title that solves a problem and grabs the audiences attention. You don't need to have the full workshop figured out before submitting. Consider co-presenting for your first few workshops. Practice and test your workshops with smaller groups before presenting to a large audience. VOTE FOR VERTICAL PLAYPEN - https://www.facebook.com/groups/outdoormediaawards/permalink/1023821898848554/ Submit a workshop for the High 5 Symposium -  TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL, PLEASE INCLUDE: Workshop Title - Be captivating in a few words! Workshop Description - Craft a compelling 50-word summary. Audience - Identify who will benefit from your workshop. Outcomes - Outline what attendees will gain or achieve. Short Bio - Introduce yourself in 30 words or less. High-Resolution Photo/Headshot - Put a face to your name! All workshop sessions are 90 minutes. Email your proposal to amartino@high5adventure.org with "2024 Symposium Presentation" in the subject line. Submission Deadline: February 9, 2024. Let us know what you would like us to discuss in future episodes. Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com
30:27 1/23/24
Ruby Finds a Worry | Tom Percival
Tom Percival, author and illustrator, discusses the importance of emotions in children's books and the power of vulnerability and empathy. He shares his personal experiences and how they influence his storytelling. Tom emphasizes the need for authenticity and creating a safe space for emotional expression. He also discusses breaking gender stereotypes and embracing all emotions. Tom explores the value of 'bad' emotions and the importance of feeling not alone in one's emotions. He concludes by sharing his future projects and his hope for readers to find solace and resilience in his books.   Takeaways; Emotions play a crucial role in children's books, helping young readers understand and navigate their feelings. Vulnerability and empathy are powerful tools for connecting with children and creating a safe space for emotional expression. Breaking gender stereotypes and embracing all emotions is essential for promoting emotional well-being. 'Bad' emotions have value and can be used as a guide for personal growth and understanding. Feeling not alone in one's emotions is comforting and reassuring, emphasizing the importance of community and support. Authenticity and honesty are key in both personal and professional relationships, fostering trust and understanding. Creating multi-layered stories that resonate with both children and adults allows for deeper engagement and shared experiences. Challenges and obstacles in life provide opportunities for growth and resilience. Children's books have the power to inspire and empower readers, offering hope and solutions to life's problems. This episode was originally published - 9/14/2021 Check out our newest product - Emotions by High 5 - https://store.high5adventure.org/products/emotions-by-high-5 Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com
24:54 1/16/24
Intentional Culture | Jim Grout
This conversation explores the importance of culture in organizations and how it contributes to staff appreciation, retention, and overall success. Phil and Jim discuss the role of culture in creating conditions suitable for growth and how it impacts relationships, trust, and collaboration. They share examples of modeling good culture and the impact it has on individuals and the organization as a whole. The conversation emphasizes the importance of building connections, fostering a sense of community, and creating an environment that supports growth and development. It also highlights the challenges and tests that organizations may face in maintaining a strong culture. Overall, the conversation emphasizes the value of intentional culture and human connection in organizations.   Takeaways; Culture plays a crucial role in staff appreciation, retention, and overall success in organizations. Creating conditions suitable for growth is essential for fostering a positive culture. Modeling good culture and building connections are key strategies for cultivating a strong organizational culture. An intentional focus on culture and human connection can lead to a sense of community, growth, and development. Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
17:31 1/9/24
Overcoming Fear | Ella Brown (2nd Grade)
In this short conversation, Ella Brown discusses her experiences learning and performing scary activities like skiing and circus skills. Ella also talks about managing nervousness and self-doubt, performing with an audience, and the importance of encouragement and support. She reflects on her own fears and how she overcomes them, as well as the role of empathy in understanding others' nervousness. Ella discusses her dreams for future challenges and the joy of learning new tricks.   Takeaways; Adults can be helpful when teaching and supporting children in scary activities by providing encouragement and support. Managing nervousness and self-doubt is important for performing well in challenging activities. Performing with an audience can be scarier, but the support and encouragement from the audience can also be motivating. Empathy and understanding for others' nervousness can help in providing support and encouragement. Overcoming fear and facing challenges can lead to a sense of worth and accomplishment. Learning new tricks and taking on new challenges can be exciting and rewarding. Music and Sound Effects - epidemicsound.com
07:12 1/2/24
The Gift of Laughter | Greg Kettner
In this conversation, Phil interviews Greg Kettner about the power of laughter and its role in creating connections and positive work environments. Greg shares his experience with standup comedy and how laughter can alleviate anxiety and stress. They discuss the decline of laughter in adulthood and the importance of incorporating laughter into daily life. Greg emphasizes the importance of finding a balance between mockery and positivity when using humor. They also explore the impact of laughter on mental health and the challenges of separating work and home. The conversation concludes with a discussion on embracing laughter and creating a work happy environment.   Takeaways; Laughter is a universal language that connects people and creates bonds. In adulthood, the frequency of laughter decreases significantly, but incorporating laughter into daily life can alleviate stress and anxiety. Finding a balance between mockery and positivity is crucial when using humor in serious topics. Laughter has healing properties and can improve mental health. Creating a work happy environment involves incorporating laughter and humor into the workplace. Connect with Greg - greg@gregkettner.com Check out his Ted Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uVBePSXGSc Learn more about WorkHappy - https://www.gregkettner.com/workhappy Humor Lab Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thehumorlab Music and Sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
19:28 12/26/23
Free Play and When It Doesn't Work
In this conversation, Phil and Lisa discuss the concept of free play and its benefits and challenges. They explore the pressure to maximize leisure time and the potential stress it can cause. They also delve into the difficulties of open-ended free play in group settings and the importance of finding the right balance and structure. The conversation highlights the risk and stress of complete open-endedness and the dilemma of providing examples in open-ended questions. They also discuss the benefits of open-ended play in decreasing facilitator dependence and share successful examples of structured free play. The conversation concludes with a call to seek participant perspectives on open-ended play. Have thoughts on this particular topic? Please let us know; Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
19:43 12/19/23
Adventure Education is a Methodology | Mark Collard
In this episode, Phil sits down with Mark Collard (playmeo.com) to discuss; His introduction to the world of adventure education How Playmeo came to be That adventure education is a methodology and not an educational subject His hopes for the future of the industry Several answers to increasingly bizarre "would you rather" questions *Note - this is a re-production and edited version of a conversation recording in early 2019, back when I recorded episodes in my car. Learn more about Mark and Playmeo - playmeo.com Connect with Mark - hello@playmeo.com Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com    
20:10 12/12/23
Two Truths, No Lies
HIGH 5 RETREAT EPISODE In this episode of the podcast Phil and Rich host a game show "Two Truths, No Lies" for the High 5 staff as they make their way to this years all-staff retreat. The task - listen to all 23 pairs of truths and try to guess which pair belongs to which High 5 staff member. Start of the game - 3:25 For those listening who do not work at High 5, I both apologize and equally welcome you to enjoy listening to the varied and diverse experiences that are team share. This episode also attempts to highlight 2 things; An example of an activity you can do with your intact teams That we are a fun (and interesting) bunch of humans! GIVEAWAY - Play along at home and if you believe you know how 2+ correct pairings then message me on Instagram @verticalplaypen or email me and depending on how many you get correct you will be entered into a drawing to win a sticker pack! Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
19:34 12/5/23
Advice We Disagree With
In this episode, members of the training team (Phil, Lisa, Chris and Rich) sit down to discuss an often used theme of this podcast - What is something you were taught that you now disagree with? Topics covered; Everyone joining in Eye contact Activity Sequencing Do Low elements have much lead-in to High elements Group goals Submit your questions to the team - Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and Sound Effects - epidemicsound.com  
09:54 11/21/23
The Story School | Chris Wiley
Join Phil in a conversation with Chris Wiley, from The Story School, as they delve into the world of Live Action Role-Playing (LARPing) and how Chris has seen growth in the campers that attend. Chris passionately shares the many social and educational benefits hidden within this unique and immersive experience. From fostering creativity and problem-solving to building strong communities, LARPing has much to offer for both participants and educators. Learn more about The Story School - https://www.thestoryschool.org/ Connect with Chris - cwiley@thestoryschool.org Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
31:15 11/14/23
Adventure Park Facilitation | JJ Stapleton
In this episode, Phil sits down with JJ Stapleton from The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring to dive into the world of facilitating guides and the ripple effect of investing in employee training and development. Together, they explore the benefits of teaching facilitation techniques to guides and how it enhances the overall guest experience. Discover how investing in your team's growth can lead to a workforce that's not only highly skilled but also fiercely loyal. If you're interested in the secrets behind successful employee development and creating exceptional guest interactions, this podcast is a must-listen. Learn more about The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring - https://sandyspringadventurepark.org/ Employment opportunities - https://sandyspringadventurepark.org/employment/ Music and Sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
30:57 11/7/23
Episode 200 - Thank You!
We made it! Episode 200! 4 years ago we decided to start recording conversations with the aim of supporting adventure educators and we are so proud of where we are now. 200 episodes, 100+ educators interviewed, magazine articles written, live audience recordings made, 25+ countries listening, and countless lessons learned. This episode is a giant THANK YOU to you all. So thanks for listening. If you know someone who should be interviewed, or you have a topic for us to discuss, let us know; Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.org
23:14 10/31/23
Facilitation Differences - USA vs England
In this episode, Lisa sits down with Phil to explore the intriguing question: Is there a difference between English facilitation style and the US facilitation style? *Note - these views are specific to Phil's experiences and thoughts. Phil delves into various aspects, shedding light on the nuances that make each style unique. From energy and positivity to the use of curse words, Phil shares his thoughts on the cultural distinctions that shape facilitation on either side of the Atlantic. Join the conversation as they discuss the role of summer camps in the US, providing an insight into how these cultural elements influence the world of facilitation. If you're curious about the cross-cultural aspects of facilitation, this episode is a must-listen. Share your thoughts on this subject; Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com
10:30 10/24/23
What Makes a Group "Great"?
Join Phil and Lisa as they embark on an insightful exploration of the question, "What makes a group great?" We've all been there, finishing a program, and when asked, "How was the group?" we casually respond with "They were great." But what exactly defines greatness in a group? Is it the absence of issues, genuine camaraderie, collective learning, or something more? Here are some factors a facilitator might consider that impact how much a group may struggle (as mentioned by Lisa): Social, Emotional, Economic and Cultural history of the group Length of Program (hours) Structure of the program (in school, year long, field trip) Goals of Program Relationship facilitator has to group Relationship facilitator has to the “Client” or chaperone Experience level of Facilitator If you have a topic or question for us to discuss you can send it to; Email - podcast@high5adventure.org Instagram - @verticalplaypen Music and sound effects - epidemicsound.com  
13:38 10/17/23

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