Riverbend Rapids

The degree and type of Action-Based Learning® in the experience determines its class.

Borrowing from the international standards for rapids classification, the more intense and fully immersive the experience or environment, the higher the class of Riverbend Rapids.

Improving upon Adult Learning principles and inspired by Edgar Dales’ “Cone of Learning Experience”, we developed our signature Action-Based Learning® methodology for making content come to life and make a lasting memory.

Everything we deliver has some component of Action-Based Learning®. Over time, we have developed a range of immersive experiences paired with business lessons or objectives and content.

Ultimately, we want to help you discover what is the right level of action or “class of rapids” to solve your need.

We’ll ensure the experience fits your company culture and time frame, and then work with you to customize it for your specific team and organization.

We will help you by delivering the right content, in the right way, by the right people.

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Class 5

Class 5 experiences are for leaders and teams who are all in.

Do you need to radically re-orient or bond your team together? Do you need the most impact per minute possible?

Looking for something epic and unlike anything you’ve ever done before?

S.E.A.L. Training®

Solidarity. Ethos. Agility. Learning.

Looking for a transformational program guaranteed to completely reset your perspective, thinking, culture, and team dynamic? S.E.A.L. Training® is for you. Co-led by both The Riverbend Group and some of our country’s most elite Navy SEALs, in this deeply immersive program you will earn your results …delivered immediately.

Prepare to Roar®

Riverbend’s sister company, Prepare to Roar, is adventure-based learning. This is the ultimate learning experience. We pair adventure travel with business and professional development opportunities. Expeditioners return home literally ROARing about their renewed vision, purpose, clarity, and life change.

Expedition experiences include Safari in the Serengeti, Chartered Yacht in the Caribbean, Jungle Lodge in Belize, Ice Caves in Alaska, Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda and Diving with Sharks in South Africa.

Check out the Prepare To Roar Website

Class 4

We can guarantee this is not just “any old team building,” but one that will positively change each individual, the team as a whole, and the company.

If you are looking for something that will transform the way your team communicates, collaborates, and works together and also leaves everyone talking about its impact for years to come, a Class 4 experience may be the answer.

Force Multiplier: Plan & Deploy®

Have you been thinking about the following topics for your team or organization? Do any of these strike you as a need?

  • Teamwork vs. Collaboration
  • Crisis Planning or Succession Planning
  • Mission Planning and Contingency Planning
  • Setbacks versus Failure and Resilience

Special Forces units are the gold standard in these principles. Learn from and partner with them to deploy the same strategies within your team and organization. Special Forces team members will lead your team through a series of training modules which both teach the key principles for successful missions and also allows your team to practice the strategies in real time. This is planning, preparation, and strategic vision like you’ve never experienced before.

ONE Rowing®

One Crew. One Boat. One Voice.

Just like your team, it is impossible for the sleek racing shells to stay afloat, much less maximize their performance, without the three crew fundamentals of One Crew. One Boat. One Voice.

After an immersive experience on the water with Master and Gold Medal rowers, your team is led through a debrief and business application that will transform the way your team thinks and works.

Just a few hours together in a boat will radically impact the way you communicate, work together, deliver a common goal, and appreciate the unique roles and contributions of each team member.

Class 3

We have found that taking learning outside the classroom, into an immersive, amazing, VIP experience and setting, creates the perfect format for transformational learning and culture.

Remove yourself and your team from the day-to-day distractions and into a “wow” factor. Experience an environment that produces inspiration, authentic conversation, shared memories and lasting impact.

The CAR Model: Driving Influence®

The CAR Model: Driving Influence® is for individuals or teams who influence people, decisions, processes, or results in any direction — up, down, across, and outside their company.

The Riverbend Group has partnered with raceways and tracks across the country to pair Riverbend’s The CAR Model: Driving Influence® with amazing “rubber meets the road” driving experiences.

In this Class 3 Rapid, you learn how to “drive” your influence across a variety of track conditions, literally and metaphorically!

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Leadership Legacy: Head, Heart, Hoof®

A Leadership Legacy: Head, Heart & Hoof® is a themed framework to equip people to become the best of the best, the elite leaders… like the very few race horses who win the Triple Crown.  Learning is structured around the thoroughbred concepts of Head, Heart, and Hoof…

Head = Will to Win – the drive and determination to pursue a sustainable win and legacy

Heart = Courage – conquering fears and showing courage to pursue greatness

Hoof = Speed of Execution – understanding the timing and urgency displayed by champions

Class 2

Based on your objectives, we will pair a theme, create unique moments, or add amazing “behind-the-scenes” experiences to the learning. This association of a metaphor and memories for the participants means you realize impact far beyond that of a traditional classroom.

Think of this level as the ultimate “corporate offsite” that also provides significant business impact.

Prepare to Soar®

Prepare to Soar® is for teams or organizations that:

  • Face roadblocks to performance
  • Seek growth opportunities
  • Believe in organizational health
  • Look to retain and develop top talent

The Prepare to Soar® leadership experience leverages the true story of the Apollo 13 Mission and 13 Mission Critical Concepts (MCCs) that drove the Crew’s success.

  • Accountability, commitment, communication, courage, execution, focus, innovation, leadership, preparation, problem solving, reality-based thinking, teamwork, and trust and respect
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Change Management: The Human Element®

If there is one thing constant, it is change. And it is everywhere. And its pace is accelerating.

The organizations and people who are equipped for it, or better yet, embrace it, will be the ones who come out on top. With that said, it is not easy to manage change and especially the human dynamics of change. Change typically brings questions, uncertainty, and stress.

Riverbend’s “Change Management: The Human Element®” workshop focuses primarily on just that – how we effectively manage the human side of change through the curve from denial all the way to commitment.

ICE: Insight, Clarity, Engage®

Feeling overwhelmed with all the different sales frameworks and strategies that exist? Looking for something simple, customizable, customer-focused, and effective?

We were too.

We developed the ICE framework because after all our cumulative years of sales training, frameworks, and methodologies, we knew there was something valuable in each of the methods, but also none of them were just right for our clients.

Let us walk you through our logic and the framework we developed to see if you agree. Especially in the “new world of work” of more virtual selling and connecting, a comprehensive and customizable sales framework like ICE may be just the thing you have been looking for.

Custom Teambuilding

Sometimes you just need your own thing. We get that too.

We’ve been attending and designing components of Sales and Product Launch Meetings for over 30 years. Drawing on our experience and core value of ingenuity, we can design or consult with you on:

  • Sales Simulations
  • Teaching Product Features & Benefits
  • Objection Handling
  • “Gamifying” Key Learnings
  • Reinforcing Core Values and Culture
  • Meeting Themes, Kick Offs, and Breakouts

We can design half-day, full day, and multi-day sales experiences for your team that is a far cry from beer and bowling and leaves lasting results for individuals and the company.

Class 1

We include our ABL® methodology in every single workshop we design. Even if you can’t take your team out of the classroom (physical or virtual!) we make learning fun. Our workshops are not a lecture or death by power point experience… they are pretty much the opposite.

Workshops and Classroom Training

For complete adult learning effectiveness, classroom activities should draw on life experiences, be memorable, practical and relevant. For a list of our workshop content, all of which includes some degree of Action-Based Learning, click below.

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