In three weeks' time we have a team training day at work. There are around eight or so of us and we'll decamp to a nearby depot where we'll spend the day working together on various exercises. These training days, like the team, are always very informal and relaxed. We have each been asked to prepare a 'short' presentation - around ten minutes or so - on an aspect of our job or ano topic that would be of interest to the rest of the team. Well my job is quite boring, really. I mainly enter data and stats into spreadsheets and prepare reports for officers to present to directors and councillors and the like. So ... ano topic it will be. And I thought ... as you do ... I'll talk about my singing. I would be quite comfortable singing something to them as well, so that would be no problem.
I have been talking for a long time now, half-jokingly, about getting them singing though, and am thinking this might be an opportunity to do so - just our team in the privacy of a training room, with no pressure. I don't plan on telling them in advance because if I do then I'm pretty sure they'll start to become a bit anxious about it. The plan is to tell them in advance that I'm going to talk about stress in the workplace, seeing as the authority are doing a big push on mental health issues right now. On the day, I'll introduce the topic and then talk about the mental health benefits of singing ... and then I want to get them going.
Because of the limited time my plan is simply to get them singing together and enjoying themselves, possibly with a round or a partner song. I don't want to give them an unfamiliar tune or introduce any theoretical topics, and nothing 'naff' either - the team is something like 55% male and I can't really see them warming to the usual beginners' fare. To that end I'm thinking of Swing Low Sweet Chariot/When The Saints Go Marching In. As football and rugby fans, they should know these so it would be a matter of recapping each song, then splitting them up and singing the two together.
What do you think? Do I have any chance of getting them to do this in the time I have? I don't mind if they're off key, get the words wrong or whatever. I just want them to have a good time doing it and to go away with positive thoughts about it.