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Experiential Team Building Activities

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

“A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of themselves and their contribution to praise the skills of others.” – Norman Shidle

Any organization relies on the work of individuals, cooperation as a team, and a cohesive interdependence to achieve success. In order to become a cohesive and successful team takes time, training and events that test and push the group to achieve more than they thought possible. Through Drum Beat’s Experiential Team Building Activities your organization and employees will develop stronger self confidence, self esteem and a personal sense of value all while having a great and entertaining time.

What is Experiential?

As it suggests experiential learning generally means a ‘hands-on’ experience that transfers a physical set of skills from one person to another to achieve internal personal development. Rather than conventional learning that provides a pre-determined goal of knowledge transfer usually for an external purpose, like learning new corporate policies. Experiential team building activities are developed to hone a person’s self-worth and build individual and team confidence. Both types of learning are just as necessary as the other in order to build a solid team. Conventional learning focuses on the actual knowledge required while physical team building activities explore personal self-development in order to participate effectively in a team.

Why Experiential is Essential

Most organizations or businesses see conventional knowledge as the best way or the most expedient way to impart knowledge. This is true for the specific objectives of any business. If you are revealing a new product line you want to make sure the sales staff understands what it is, its features and price points. Yet if you want a team that not only understands the purpose but goes beyond all expectations, their own personal development as an individual and a team need to be fostered, grown and expanded through team building activities.

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By developing your employee’s personal capabilities beyond product or company knowledge their own self-esteem, confidence, personal strengths and personal sense of purpose and fulfillment will in-turn improve their attitudes, morale, and emotional well-being. This is critical as it directly affects a person’s productivity. Giving employees all the tools to succeed include both conventional knowledge and personal development through experiential learning and team building activities.

Experience Builds a Team

Successful teams are built through developing trust, relationships and knowledge of each person’s capabilities, both strengths and weaknesses. These activities are the building blocks of allowing a fun and positive experience to build trust among peers and colleagues and make effective working relationships. The results of effective team building are productivity, accountability and leadership skills.

As experiential learning is often a team effort it imparts a sense of togetherness and through its very hands-on nature a physical level of excitement not elicited through a conventional method. Drum Beats provides an exciting, hands-on and team work driven experience that ensures that your corporate team building activities are a positive, individual and team building exercise that they will not soon forget. Drum Beats, located in Sydney, New South Wales, provides shows and corporate events throughout Australia. We look forward to making your next Corporate Seminar or Conference an excitement filled event.

Drum Up a Little Corporate Entertainment Excitement

Friday, May 16, 2014

Providing corporate entertainment , building morale and excitement can be a difficult task, especially in large corporations that can be impersonal. If you want amazing productivity and loyal employees it may be time to rethink how you provide certain benefits for them. It’s time to spend a little extra effort in corporate entertainment, away from work, in order to increase their loyalty, productivity and turn them into a brand ambassador. By building corporate entertainment excitement, employees are rewarded for their hard work and the corporate rewards are immediate.

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Building Morale

Gallup through corporate surveys estimated that businesses lose billions of dollars from their bottom line through absenteeism and lost productivity as a direct result of low morale. Even marginal morale differences between a highly motivated workforce and employees that are not dissatisfied can cause lost profits. Building morale can be a simple daily, weekly, monthly and annual task through simple and effective corporate entertainment events. Build these ideas into your routines to start building employee satisfaction, loyalty and motivation:

  • Recognize life milestones of employees such as Birthdays and weddings with a card or cake.
  • Keep them informed, sharing financial data that lets them recognize how bad choices could affect their position in the future.
  • Use open management by listening to employee’s ideas and recognizing them when you can implement one.
  • Make work life as comfortable as possible, with comfy chairs, mood lighting and the right tools for the job.
  • Encourage individual or group breaks for coffee, a brisk walk or other small activities. 15 minutes will gain your more in productivity.
  • Thank your employees with a smile, handshake and card publicly for the great work they have been doing. It will go further than impersonal cash incentives.
  • Search online for other ideas and implement them, changing tactics quarterly to keep the positive reinforcement fresh.

Exciting Corporate Entertainment

One of the best way to keep the morale of your company going in the right direction is rewarding departments, groups of employees or if a company-wide goal was met the entire company with a special event either during or after work hours. There are many ways you can incorporate Drum Beats Corporate Entertainment excitement into a departmental meeting, a corporate lunch, a Quarterly Social Event, or into your annual conference.

Drum Beats provides an uplifting experience that raises morale by instilling teamwork, self confidence, personal development and the good feeling that comes from great music and fun. Drum Beats can meet you at your business or at an outside venue for any type of uplifting get-together. Here are some ideas for boosting morale and confidence in your employees:

  • Informal team building meal with a Drum Beats meal rhythm partner.
  • Make this year’s Christmas party one to remember with Drum Beats themed parties.
  • Give your Annual Conference the heart-pounding, jaw-dropping experience no one is expecting.
  • Celebrate your employee’s achievements at an Awards night with a special Drumming celebration.
  • A small getaway retreat to build trust, morale and relationship with a special drumming circle that builds a cohesive bonding experience.
  • Establish stability after major changes with a change management morale booster.

Drum Beats provide corporate entertainment in Sydney, NSW, or can meet your group anywhere in Australia to drum up the perfect blend of exciting entertainment and morale boosting team building experiences that will have your employees motivated and discussing the event for months to come. Great corporate entertainment excitement can be invigorating, uplifting and boon to your productivity and morale. In fact, motivated and satisfied employees can often be your best brand ambassadors outside of work hours. We offer packages from small restaurant meetings to multiple thousand attendee conferences.

 


 

 

 

Corporate Team Building needs a heart beat to be effective

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Every organization whether comprised of 20 or 20,000 employees, work together in teams at various times to achieve a common goal of productivity or achievement. The results of your employees reflect a direct correlation to their interaction within the team, their own personal development and whether the team has bonded outside of work activities.  Corporate team building activities have been scientifically proven to bolster productivity, self confidence and career development.

The Science of Team Building

Scientifically proven means that there are quantifiable results that happen when this activity is performed to the betterment of the company including increased results, better morale, more cohesive teams and better interpersonal employee relationships. A research group from the University of Central Florida in 2009 analyzed data from 103 team building studies from 1950-2007. The analysis revealed that corporate team building had direct positive effects on how people felt about their team members and surprisingly a strong effect in improving processes. Without specifically improving the nature of the business process, this study showed that by improving team mechanics the process is therefore also improved. 

Other effects revealed that team building activities help to improve goal-setting and clarify roles as well as improved interpersonal relations. Teams developed through experiential activities also proved more capable at solving problems. It is clear why so many large corporations have included these activities into monthly events that help their bottom line.


 

Active Team Building

The real key to providing a truly uplifting team building event is participation. Imagine 1000 employees all beating in rhythm under the expertise of Drum Beats facilitators. Employees arrive to their seats and find a drum and their curiosity picks up. Soon, as with the hands beating on the drums, their hearts beat with an energy that flows through and around everyone creating a cacophony of sounds through their own teamwork. The realization of concerted effort and individual development has in fact created a musical work of art dawns. Their experience has allowed them a mutual experience to draw on. 

Making 1000 drums beat in rhythm is harder than it sounds and only through a concerted effort and mutual respect can the challenge be overcome and produce a cohesive result. The result of this activity includes reduced stress, an improved immune response and personal developments including improved intuition, creativity, focus and awareness of group dynamics. 


    

Drum Beats instils life into your corporate team building events. By providing a unique experience in any of your corporate styled events, drumming creates an uplifting energy and cohesion that is powerful and memorable. It is one of the best team building events because it is very versatile and can be applied to small or large groups without having to break into small units. As an activity it is inclusive of age, gender, education or background and participants receive instant gratification by hearing and feeling the musical rhythm. 

Contact us to book your events anywhere in Australia  on 1300 749 846 or email teambuilding@drumbeats.com.au
 

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Victory at Etihad

Friday, October 04, 2013

If you are looking for a team building event in Melbourne, that will knock the socks off your employees then this story is for you.

Here at Drum Beats we provide upbeat, motivational, and hands-on experiential events that will lift the spirits of your team. This can be done during a conference, in or out of the office and for virtually any event or occasion.

The Client
One of our most recent team building activities involved a brand new team of employees from Telstra here in Melbourne. 
As a new team, Telstra wanted an event that would see this new team form some lasting impressions, bonds and experience hands-on motivation to build their trust in each other from the ground up. This team of employees were given a challenging task and the kick off event was designed to build  a team synergy that will help them achieve results beyond expectations. 

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The Challenge
Typically, inspiration and motivation cannot simply be instilled through a PowerPoint presentation on the products features and benefits or goal expectations of a team. They need to feel that they are empowered to ‘Go Beyond’ their manager’s expectation, together as a team. This is where Telstra felt it necessary to lean on the expertise and power of Drum Beats corporate team building programs. In order to work together as a team, it is often necessary to get in a groove. It can be related to being able to stay in rhythm during musical performances.  This is exactly where the Drum Beats team provides an experience that shows employees how, without any training or expertise, they can perform a full musical show on African or Arabian drums.

Victory on the Drums!
The Telstra event took place at Etihad Stadium where many a champion team has displayed their teamwork! After warming up their minds through developing high powered teams with a former AFL Coach, they walked into the stadium seating area to be surprised by our score of musicians and 130 drums to start off their musical adventure. The full team cooperation and powerful sounds of the drums bouncing through the arena made for a resounding success. The team was impressed they were able to perform in such synchronicity. Yet, do not take our word for it; here is the response from our client:


“Fantastic job, really well received by the team! 
Energising, fun and helped to bring the new team together.” 
 

If you are looking for a similar experience, why not contact us on 1300 749 846 or email teambuilding@drumbeats.com.au

Lord Mayors Welcome

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Drum Beats Performs During Lord Mayors Welcome to International University Students


Drum Beats, the corporate entertainment and team building sensations, went back to school earlier this month with a dazzling performance at the Sydney Lord Mayor’s annual welcome for international university students. Taking place at the city Town Hall, the traditionally low-key welcome ceremony was transformed into a vibrant multicultural reception by Drum Beat’s unique fusion of intricate African rhythms, folk dance and acrobatics.

A team of seven Drum Beats performers used an electrifying mix of uplifting rhythms and excellent showmanship, with musicians and dancers working as one to get the crowd to their feet and moving in perfect synchronization with the alluring sound of traditional drums.

The African themed music and dance show was specifically chosen by the organizing committee for the event in an effort to provide a more multicultural, invigorating and energizing welcome for the city’s incoming alumnus than has been the case in previous events.

Known for their dynamic road shows, unique corporate team building events and sensational presence at weddings, parties and special occasions, Drum Beats taps into the rich universal tradition of using music and rhythm as tools of communication. Students in attendance at their honorary inauguration came from the University of Technology, Sydney, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Australian Catholic University, University of Western Sydney and TAFE NSW.

 

By promoting the beautiful tribal rhythms that are such an intrinsic part of African musical culture, to such a multi-faceted audience, the performance was also perfectly timed to coincide with the run-up to Australia’s National Harmony Day.

Rob Wines co-founder of Drum Beats said, “We were delighted to be invited to perform at the Lord Mayor’s welcome by the organising committee and excited by the challenge of reinvigorating the long standing event in order to connect with the students. Our music and performances are uplifting and invigorating. It is the type of music that can be felt throughout the body and the soul as much as it can be heard which made it perfect for such a diverse audience.

“The electrifying sound of drums never fails to instil a feeling of excitement and reverence, with the music acting as an international language that traverses age, race, social dogma and creed. It arouses an almost primeval instinct to dance and move, and peacefully bonds people in an atmosphere where social differences have no precedence.”

Drum Beats perform regularly throughout Sydney & Australia for corporate entertainment, at schools and other public venues and can be contacted on 1300 749 846 or via email events@drumbeats.com.au