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Mixology with David Mor

By |2019-08-07T12:36:18-05:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Teambuilding|Tags: , , |

We are known around Chicago as the place for team building. We're sort of a big deal. Groups don't just come to Catalyst Ranch to do amazing ice-breakers and exercises. That's only part of it. What's more is that we offer a wide selection of Meeting Mix-Ins and Add-Ons: We've vetted a number of outstanding third [...]

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New Experiences & Teambuilding (including… Teams BUILDING!)

By |2019-03-08T10:20:10-06:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Meetings, Teambuilding, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What's on your meeting's agenda? A welcome address, introductions. Maybe a get-to-know-you activity. Presentations followed by a few blocks of break-out groups. But what agenda items make your meeting unique and experiential? If that piece is missing, you lose a valuable method of ensuring your attendees remember this event and retain its content. That's why we've [...]

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Episode #5 Meeting Mix-In Magic

By |2018-06-04T21:17:39-05:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Entrepreneurs, Facilitator, June, Meetings, Newsletter, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Previously on The Digital Adventures of Pogo... One can never be over prepared for an activity. For when you least expect it, the unexpected can occur. Ranchhands to the rescue! Meeting Mix-In Magic! The energized sounds from the Polka Room were building to a dull roar. Inside, Deborah, the meeting planner, watched the attendees become fully [...]

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Meet Our Preferred Vendor, Moto Guild

By |2018-04-26T16:54:19-05:00April 27th, 2017|Categories: Employees, May, Meet, Problem Solving, Teambuilding|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Build a Motorcycle to Build Your Team! Bike Build Chicago, from Preferred Vendor Moto Guild, is the perfect out-of-the-box experiential learning, team-building activity to motivate, empower, and create camaraderie among your employees.  The event is set up to explore better ways to work together through an out-of-your-comfort-zone task that is both challenging and rewarding once the [...]

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improve it! & Catalyst Ranch partner up for 2017

By |2018-04-26T16:54:21-05:00January 27th, 2017|Categories: Teambuilding, Uncategorized, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Reason #17 to love this year: get 17% off an improve it! workshop and 17% off your room rental price (either half day or full day) when booked at Catalyst Ranch! Just make sure to book your workshop by March 31st, 2017 and get this once-a-year offer. Utilize improve it!’s out-of-the-box thinking and fun energy at one [...]

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The Creative World of Play with Corporate Event Interactive

By |2018-04-26T16:54:22-05:00December 7th, 2016|Categories: Entrepreneurs, Events, Innovation, Interviews, Problem Solving, Puzzles, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jodi Whitlock of Corporate Event Interactive tells us about how their team got started, where she likes to vacation (don't forget the wine!) and what's coming up for CEI. What made you get into this business? CEI began as a traditional event planning company. We quickly discovered an affinity for the teambuilding and interactive part of [...]

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14th Anniversary Party: A Most Interesting Affair

By |2018-04-26T16:54:23-05:00November 18th, 2016|Categories: Anniversary Party, Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Events, Meetings, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Now that we have had a moment to breathe and are back to the business of business, we can look back and bask in the afterglow of our Anniversary Party.  It was one to remember! On November 14th, 2016, a beautiful Monday night, Catalyst Ranch had the great fortune of celebrating 14 years in style; with [...]

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Most Interesting Person – Ali Karbassi

By |2018-04-26T16:54:25-05:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: Consultants, Design, Entrepreneurs, Inspire, Interviews, Teach, Teambuilding, Tip, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Most Interesting Person: Ali Karbassi   Over the past 15 years I’ve worked in many different industries; Professional photographer, senior web developer at web firms and advertising agencies, product developer at an Internet of Things startup, Technology Director at a product-based company, and CEO of a non-profit to name a few. Each has revolved around my love [...]

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Meeting Tip of the Week for August 30th

By |2018-04-26T16:54:26-05:00August 30th, 2016|Categories: Brainstorm, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative, Creativity, Innovation, Meetings, Puzzles, Teambuilding, Tip of the Day, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Using Puzzles to Build Your Team If you are looking to capitalize on the Pokemon Go craze but don't want to fall off a cliff while on your phone, a great place to look is The Mystery League.  #Crain's Chicago Business just highlighted Sandor Weisz and his brainchild company, touting the benefits of people working together [...]

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Meeting Tip of the Day for August 16th, 2016

By |2018-04-26T16:54:27-05:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: Inspire, Meeting Tip, Motivation, Teambuilding, Tip, Tip of the Day|Tags: , , , , |

How to Inspire, Motivate, and Activate Meeting Attendees Meeting Tip of the Day for August 16th, 2016   This morning I was in a meeting with two co-workers, including our President, Eva, when we heard what sounded like a school bell.  We didn't think much of it until it happened again shortly thereafter.  And then again. [...]

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