#TheBigPitch 2017

Hosted by BuzzConnect #TheBigPitch was held last month at Parkway where many local businesses came to present their business model to a panel and the public. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winner Charaderie and runners up The Clothes Shop and McKenzie Friend.

Miss Scarlett, with the Lead Piping, in the Ballroom… Fellow networker: “And what do you do?” Me: “I write and perform Murder Mysteries!”

This is invariably met with lots of enthusiasm, but an assumption that we flounce around in silly costumes pretending to murder people (ok, that is sort of what we do). However, over the years we’ve realised how the murder mystery genre can be used to help people work together collaboratively. In other words; team building.

I’ve harboured a life-long love of a good whodunit, and I like to think I’ve developed certain skills through reading and writing them. This lies at the backbone of what we do; I want to help others improve these skills, and show them how they can be transferable to the workplace.

Finding solutions

When I read a detective novel (or participate in a murder mystery) I want to work out who did it. I want to investigate all of the avenues to piece the information together to come up with an effective conclusion and leave no loose ends. In a workplace environment, these skills come to the fore in every job I have been employed in; I want to find solutions to problems, to come up with systems and approaches to make processes easier and more efficient, and to ‘finish’ a project satisfactorily, leaving no loose ends.

Active listening Take the skill of Active Listening, for example. Many people simply hear what others are saying to them, without fully concentrating on what is being said but rather just passively hearing the message of the person talking to them. If you are tasked with finding the solution to a problem (or in our case, ‘crime’ or ‘murder’) then you simply must actively listen to all around you in order to gain an understanding and glean as much valuable information as possible. It goes without saying that this skill in the workplace can be invaluable, and you’ll certainly struggle to solve one of our mysteries without exercising it.

When I was younger, I loved the game Cluedo. I’ve actually done a little research into the psychology of playing, based on how notes are taken, questions are asked and solutions arrived at. I’m rather pleased and smug to find that I fell into the ‘expert’ category back when I was a child. Clearly, this was my calling from a young age!

So, let’s get back to some game playing. Team building doesn’t have to be a chore, you can simply learn whilst having fun, and bask in the knowledge that you’ve beaten the criminals. . .

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