Team Building Case Studies

First National's Annual National Convention, 2008

Conference Ice Breaker & Team Building Activity on The Gold Coast
Participants: 413
Duration: 60 minutes

Background: First National's annual National Convention brings together members from Australia and New Zealand. This year the conference was held at the Hyatt Regency, Sanctuary Cove.
Challenge: Do something different to open the conference.
Outcome: The 413 attending members got together in state teams scattered around the magnificent terraces leading down to the beach. Each member had a drum or percussion instrument to play to set up an individual team rhythm. The teams then came together in a huge group to parade around the pool and in through reception to the Woolshed conference room. As the teams merged, Drum Beats had the delegates working together as a whole band. Once inside the conference room the newly created orchestra displayed their musical teamwork to inspire the dynamic African dancer for a scintillating finale.

"Having members here from all states, the Convention is a great opportunity for us to get everyone working together as one, Drum Beats was an inspired idea" said Ray Ellis, CEO First National.

Nice Touch:
The MC, John Blackman appeared as the little drummer boy with a very large marching band drum at the end of the Drum Beats session to continue the theme in his comical way.
For images from this event go to FNRE Team Building Images


GKR Karate Annual Conference, 2008

Team Building Activity in Sydney
Participants: 130
Duration: 120 minutes

Background: The GKR National Conferences has been conducted around Australia for the past 12 years and is attended by instructors from Australia & the South Pacific. This year the conference was held at the Swiss Grande Hotel, Bondi Beach, Sydney.

  1. As this was to be the 1st time a theme from outside had been brought in, naturally some in senior management expressed concerns about giving up valuable training/seminar time in order to make way for something seemingly off-beat like a drum event (pardon the pun).
  2. To conclude a jam packed conference with an activity that was relevant, team building and fun.

Within minutes the delegates had united in a powerful martial percussion. The energy created by the very motivated participants lead the Drum Beats facilitators to spontaneously create new activities within the session. A highlight being the non contact sparring performed by 2 of the delegates where each move was acutely followed on the drums by the 140 drummers! The session was extremely well received as explained by Gavin Samin the International Vice President of GKR  "Your energy, excitement and command of the audience had everyone completely enthralled the entire time. We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from our delegates since the weekend with many long-term management personnel claiming this as our best conference to date".

Nice Touch:
At the end of the conference each delegate was presented with a GKR branded mini drum as a take home gift.

For images from this event go to Conference Images

A Drum Beats Team Building activity is ideal for Conference Ice Breakers, Road Shows, Staff Development, Awards Evenings, Annual Meetings, Christmas Parties, Off Site.