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Apprentice Tank: Make your next meeting go swimmingly

By Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster

Love watching “Shark Tank”? Drawn to “The Apprentice”? Despise boring meetings? Then you’re a natural for Apprentice Tank.

ApprenticeTank

A fresh meeting format designed by meetings expert Brian Walter, Apprentice Tank combines the concepts and energy of The Apprentice and Shark Tank TV shows, while staying within the legal parameters of parody.

How it works: Organizations identify a business problem to solve, or throw down a new product challenge. A real problem, not a possible scenario, because the power of Apprentice Tank is in the game’s very serious purpose: the winning team’s idea is actually funded.

Participants roll up their sleeves to create something new and relevant.  Your audience’s natural competitive instincts are ignited. Leaders appear in their very best light because their strategic reasoning gets the spotlight. Teams are engaged in focused competition and relevant problem-solving. As the game taps well-known pop-cultural references from television, your company enjoys a reality show about…your reality!

We recently staged this segment for a retail client. In short, the segment went swimmingly. Reporting back, the Vice President of Operations wrote: “Scheduled at the end of a long, multiple-day meeting with a room full of tired field leaders, our customized ‘Apprentice Tank’ exercise from Brian Walter raised the energy levels right back up….It was a huge success….”

Let us know if you’d like your own custom Apprentice Tank segment for your next meeting.

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