Advanced Clue Creation

Thursday, January 8, 2009 by Dave Blum About once a week, I get a call from someone saying, “My son/wife/husband [fill in the blank] is having a birthday and I need some advice on how to create a scavenger hunt.”  In general, I’m happy to offer free tips for creating…

Off to Nawlins

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 by Dave Blum Well, I’m off to New Orleans this morning for a treasure hunt gig tomorrow afternoon with Wells Real Estate Funds.  I’m quite looking forward to going out there; I haven’t been to New Orleans since Katrina.  Dr. Clue used to do a lot…

Common Team building Questions

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 by Dave Blum It’s funny how the most salient scavenger hunt ideas tend to come from conversations with clients.  I was on the phone yesterday with Dean Borgh of Wells Real Estate Funds.  Dean is the leader of a sales group scheduled to do a treasure…

The Costa Rica story continues

Friday, January 2, 2009 by Dave Blum Continued from last entry… Sorting ourselves out from the accident and assessing the damage — both to the boat and to ourselves — took a few, painful minutes.  Donna had a small cut to the top of her head and two black eyes; Marco was completely…

The ability to trust

Friday, January 2, 2009 by Dave Blum It was sometime around 2000, while on vacation to Costa Rica, that the accident happened.  I was on a small, four-person boat with my friend Donna, our guide, Andrea, and our ship pilot, Marco, returning from a pleasant daytrip to Corcovado National Park. Minutes away from the beach, Marco informed us that…

Teambuilding Solutions in a Tough Economy

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 by Dave Blum I just got off the phone with a previous Dr. Clue client, Cellmark, specialists in the marketing of pulp and paper.  My contact, Vic (who has done scavenger hunts with us in the past), was telling me how much his company’s recycling unit has taken a…

Two Examples of Excellent Customer Service

Monday, December 29, 2008 by Dave Blum As a small business owner, I tend to notice excellent customer service when I experience it.  Over the holidays, I observed two fine examples: 1) Jen and I are scheduled to stay at a B&B in Calistoga, a famed hot spring town in the…

Film time in Old Sac

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 by Dave Blum Most all of our Dr. Clue team building activities are a hoot in some way or another, but not all of them are captured on TV, like the treasure hunt I led this past Monday in Sacramento.  It all fell into place rather suddenly when I was contacted last Wednesday by Tracy Magan…

Tell Me a Story

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 by Dave Blum I was at a lecture last week and struggling to stay awake, which often happens to me at talks, choir concerts, opera, etc.  (Okay, I’m not always the most cultured guy in the world; give me a good football game any day!)  So…

Airport Meditation

Saturday, December 20, 2008 by Dave Blum As a “hunt guy”, I tend to travel a lot for my corporate team building activities. On a typical trip, I jet into New Orleans, New York, Las Vegas or wherever, play-test treasure hunt clues, tend to logistics, assemble materials, meet with the…