On the hunt — in New Orleans

Monday, January 12, 2009 by Dave Blum So the good news is, New Orleans seems to be alive and well … at least in the French Quarter.  Last Thursday’s treasure hunt program in “Nawlins” went pretty much the way I remember hunts used to go out there, pre-Katrina. Greeting my group of 25 salesmen from […]

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 social hunts. After all, there […]

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 of programs in “The Big […]

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 hunt in the New Orleans […]

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 unscathed; and Andrea had a […]

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 we needed to stop and […]

5 Places for Winter Scavenger Hunts

Thursday, January 1, 2009 by Dave Blum The cold and wet winter weather need not deter you from doing a scavenger these next few months.  You just have to choose the right venue!  Here are five scavenger hunt locations to consider as you create your winter scavenger hunt list. 1) The Mall Scavenger Hunt: Malls have […]

Dr. Clue on TV!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 by Dave Blum A few blog posts back, I described my day with the film crew of KTXL TV Fox 40 in Old Sacramento.  Well, their news feature about Dr. Clue is complete and up on the web!

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 hit over the last year.  […]

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 wine country.  On our way […]