Team Building Blogs & E-books

Team Building Blogs & E-books

Team Building Blogs & E-books, Event Planning Blogs




Since 2008, Anne Thornley-Brown, MBA, President, Executive Oasis International has created engaging content for our company blogs and a number of major Internet portals.


Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A., Blogger & Our President

Anne Thornley-Brown

Anne Thornley-Brown, President of Executive Oasis International, is a professional team building and meeting facilitator, OD specialist, keynote speaker, and well respected blogger.

Anne Thornley-Brown has an M.B.A. from York University's Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. To create compelling blog posts, Anne draws on her business experience serving corporate clients from 18 countries and her travel to 24 countries.

Anne Thornley-Brown has extensive business experience in a variety of industries including banking, wireless communications, high technology, transportation, the non profit sector, and film and television.

Anne is avaialbe to custom craft blog posts for your organization. Her focus is on strategies to spearhead organizational change, improve team building effectiveness, and boost the R.O.I. of corporate team building, meetings and events. Anne has profiled hot destinations, revealed what's hot in team building and corporate events, and explored meeting challenges and solutions.

Summary of Blogging Experience: Anne has assumed personal responsibility for the Executive Oasis International blog portfolio since it was unveiled in 2008. (She launched Spice of the Month: Accelerated Learning, her first ezine, for our sister company in 1997. Ezines eventually evolved into blogs.)

Anne's blog posts were so well received that she soon started receiving guest blogging invitations from editors. For example, she was part of the Cvent blogging team for 4 1/2 years. Huffington Post approached her after reading some of her work. Anne has guest blogged for a number of portals including Plan Your Meetings by MPI, Event Manager Blog, EventMobi Blog,, Liz King Events, Elite Meetings, and Event Coup.

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E-book: Team Building and R.O.I for Executives

Team Building, Innovation and R.O.I.: An Executive's Guide to Boosting R.O.I. (PDF)

by Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A.

Team building is one of the most effective tools that executives have at their disposal to fuel corporate success. Yet, it is often underutilized and lacking in focus. By understanding the complex nature of team building and the subtle choices that influence success, executives can unleash the power of team building to boost bottom line results.

The global geo-political is undergoing massive transformation.Uncertainty is causing many companies to curtail spending on consultants, facilitators and team building. Off-sites have become rare. Yet, foolishness and folly are taking over the corporate agenda....the more outlandish the better. Everything from axe throwing to smashing objects in rage rooms to mud obstacle courses have become the order of the day. Some of these pose a risk of serious injury....and a lawsuit!

Team Building, Innovation, and R.O.I.: An Executive's Guide to Boosting the Bottom Line is a call for a return to sanity in team building. This 55 page e-book is designed to stimulate discussion and an exploration of how team building can, once again, be used by executives as a vehicle for boosting the bottom line. You'll walk away with tips, tools and proven strategies to improve the effectiveness of team building and executive retreats.

The strategies and tips that I have included are based on the missteps that I have observed companies make over and over again during the past 20+ years.

We'll explore:

  • the steps involved in measuring team building R.O.I.
  • the main ingredients for designing effective team
  • the keys to planning effective team building
  • pitfalls to avoid


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Where to Find us on Social Media            

Executive Oasis International has an active and strong social media presence. Our President manages a number of virtual communities.






Corporate Team Building Blog

Focus: Anne launched this blog due to concerns about companies substituting recreational activities and extreme activities for "real" team building and eroding the credibility of the industry.

Anne shares tips and strategies for boosting the impact of team building without shying away from exploring team building pitfalls.

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Team Building Destinations Blog

Focus: This blog has a personal touch. Anne started it to capture her experiences and photos from around the world. Her travel to 24 countries so far have definitely shaped her approach to team building and corporate event planning. Anne invites readers to follow her journey and pick up ideas for destinations to host executive retreats.

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Plan Your Meetings by MPI

Focus: Plan Your Meetings is a branch of the world's largest association for meeting professionals - Meeting Professionals International. The majority of meetings in the corporate world are planned by non-titled event planners like executive assistants. Plan your Meetings offers advice, how-to guides, and best practices from veteran event and meeting planners.


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Event Manager Blog

Focus: Event Manager Blog has become the go-to online resource for trends, technology, and Innovation for the event industry. Event Manager Blog issues annual editions of a number of popular e-books including the Event App Bible, The Good Event Good Event Registration Guide, and Social Media for Events.

In addition to writing blog posts for Event Manager Blog, Anne has also worked on e-books including The Event App Bible and Social Media for Events.


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Cvent Event Planning Blog

Focus: Cvent offers event app. and software solutions to event planners and an integrated platform for hoteliers. Cvent has over 28,000 customers in 100 countries.

The editor of Cvent Event Blog was so impressed by Anne's destination profiles and innovative team building and corporate event blog posts that she invited Anne to join the Cvent blogging team in May, 2011, Anne is the only team building facilitator and event planner in the world that wrote blogs for Cvent 5 days a week for 4 1/2 years. She has also written a number of Destination Guides for the Cvent Supplier Network

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Elite Meetings

Focus: Elite Meetings International, a hospitality marketing company, helps meeting planners find hotels and resorts for their meetings, events, and trade shows through its proprietary RFP tool.


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Where You May Have Heard us

Anne Thornley-Brown, our owner, has been interviewed by various media outlets. Here are a few examples. If you missed them you can tune in:

NPR, July, 2014:

Blogtalkradio, November, 2013:

Blogtalkradio, May, 2010:

CBC Radio 1's "The House", December, 2008

  • How Team Building Can Help the House of Commons

You can hear Anne around the 30:00 remark, right after Prime Minister Harper's comments about trust building