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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

Team Building Activities Australia Wide in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart

Myth 2: Blokey audiences don’t want to join in the singing and dancing.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Just because a guy would rather watch a footy match than the Australian Ballet does not mean that he has no sense of rhythm or doesn’t get a kick out of banging a drum.  Engineers, logistics staff and blue collar workers are some of our favourite audiences because they really know how to have a good time in a group situation.


As Drum Beats Artistic Director, Angela Grima says
“You just need to be able to understand group dynamics and what turns groups on. We all have rhythm and we all have the ability to connect and communicate through music- no matter what our job, gender or title is”. 

Event:  Woolworths Engineering and Maintenance Conference – Team Building Event
Woolworths Ltd
Conference Organiser:
Andrew Howarth
Engineering and Maintenance Staff
Penrith Panthers Leagues Club, Sydney

Woolworths Limited is much more than a supermarket. The group owns seventeen major retail brands including food, electrical and liquor retail chains, hotels, petrol outlets and hardware stores and was listed as the 19th biggest retailer in the world in 2010. All the maintenance and service requirements of this retail empire – including all occupational health and safety issues – are managed by a separate entity – Woolworths EMS, (engineering, maintenance and  services), which has the enormous task of selecting and controlling the thousands of independent contractors who keep the wheels turning.

Andrew Howarth of Woolworths EMS who organised the conference was very happy with the success of this key team building event. “There were a few of our guys who were a bit self conscious and might have preferred to sit on their hands rather than join in the clapping, singing and drumming, but Angela overcame their reluctance surprisingly quickly, and within a few minutes everyone was joining in and have a great time. For me, the best thing about this Drum Beats event was the fact that our people actually surprised themselves in their ability to participate as a team and enjoy it”.

Myth 3: A Drum Beats show is too noisy for a multi function venue

Thursday, September 06, 2012

You know the problem – you’re in a conference or convention centre and there are other conferences happening next door. You’d love the energy and participation of a drumming show, but you don’t want complaints from the next door neighbours. Drum Beats Executive Producer Rob Wines says “Relax, we’ve done this before lots of times and we have ways of giving you all the excitement and participation you want without disturbing anyone else sharing the venue.”

Event:  Western Union Client Awards Night
Western Union
Conference organiser:
Oliver Winchester, Senior Business Development Manager - Australia
Western Union Agents
Waterfront Restaurant, Circular Quay, Sydney


The Waterfront Restaurant, tucked away in a heritage listed sandstone stone building overlooking Circular Quay and the Opera House, is a dream location …  but it poses its own problems for performers. The old building is not very soundproof and it is impossible to insulate the function area form the rest of the facility. This is a challenge that Drum Beats has faced and solved several times before at various venues.

Drum Beats performed elegant background music (featuring keyboard, conga, flute & vocals) when guests arrived and drinks were served. We then came back after dinner for the pre-awards team building event – minus our usual drums (we used body percussion, singing and less intrusive instruments instead). The highlight of the evening was devised specially for Western Union, who wanted a fire show as a finale and were disappointed to learn that because they were in a heritage building, naked flame was not permitted.

Instead, Drum Beats developed a UV light glow show that required blacking out the room, dressing our performers in UV-reflective costumes illuminated by UV lights and performing a magical light circus routine based on twirling and juggling and acrobatics with glow balls and glow sticks, performed to the live music. The result was such a hit, it’s now become one of our standard routines – who says necessity isn’t the mother of invention?

After this event, event organiser Oliver Winchester wrote to us to say:

I just wanted to say a big thanks to you and your team for the spectacular show you put together on Thursday night. The Western Union team really appreciated the efforts you went to accommodate the restrictions imposed by the venue, you came up with a great plan”.





Myth 5: We have the wrong age and social mix for an audience participation event.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Some event organisers are concerned that the audience just won’t “gel" and the event will fail as a result. To them we say:”Just have faith in the power of the drums and our specialist knowledge of audience psychology”. 

Event: Tullich Family Communities Awards Night
Tullich Family Communities
130 head office personnel, health professionals and village admin staff
Trattoria La Vigna, Camden

Tullich Communities, who operate Durham Green and Blue Hills retirement villages on the outskirts of Sydney, are dedicated to creating a true sense of community in their facilities and among their staff.

When they engaged Drum Beats to perform at a function held to show their appreciation to their staff, Tullich management knew that a very mixed group of staff  would be present, including health professionals, administrative staff and hands on carers of all ages, but this was never a problem. “We stepped back and let everyone work together”, says Joint CEO Maurice Tullich, “ and Drum Beats truly made something amazing happen”.

“The drumming was so exciting and created a happy and fun atmosphere” recalls group physiotherapist Peter Locke.”People usually stick to their little work groups at a social event, but at this event everyone got involved in the activity. Everyone was equal.



Got any special needs or specific concerns about your upcoming event?
Please call Drum Beats on 1300 749 846 to discuss your particular needs and answer any questions.

Motivational Moments September 2012

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Do you know you can start inspiring your team from the minute you arrive at work each morning?

Your company is doing a fantastic job in difficult times, but the pressure is on and your team is looking tired, tense and worried. You may not have the budget to give them all a raise, but don’t forget that it’s sometimes the little things that make all the difference .. like these:

Give on-the-Spot Praise.
When there is a reason for praising someone don't put it off for any reason! Praise people when the achievement is fresh on everyone's mind. Tell whoever it was that it was a great presentation as soon as the audience walks out.  Congratulate them on a great sale as soon as the ink dries on the order. Praise them promptly for what they accomplished or achieved and give them a buzz that will motivate them for the next week at least.

Ask for team input.
Everyone feels more inspired when they are part of something. One easy way to do this is to organise brainstorming sessions which not only show your team that their input is valued and listened to, but might even throw up some great ideas!

Bring a prize for everyone.
Stretch your budget now and then to include an inexpensive gift your whole team can share – such as a fruit basket, a carton of Easter eggs, movie tickets or a tray of pizza slices – it’s a great way to reward people and to make them feel appreciated.  And don’t forget the surprise factor - unexpected gifts go a long way towards building a well-motivated team.


Motivational Moments

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Do you know you can start inspiring your team from the minute you arrive at work each morning?

Because your team   looks to you to set the tone of the workplace, you can make a big difference to the day’s performance just by enhancing your own performance in the first 5 minutes of each day.
If you arrive at the office looking and feeling full and energy and enthusiastic to start the day’s work, your team immediately gets the message that you are there because you want to be there and that you will be investing high energy into that day and expect them to do so as well.

 But if you arrive at work bleary eyed and unenthusiastic, that gives others the cue to drop their enthusiasm a few notches as well. Naturally, we’re not all at our chirpy best first thing in the morning, but sometimes arriving 10 minutes early for a quick caffeine fix or fresh juice at a nearby cafe before work is all you need to mentally plan an entry into the office that gets everyone feeling good and ready to go to work.

Was this thought helpful? Please let us know. Although we have become well known for our drumming events  we also like to provide practical ideas for inspiring and motivating corporate groups that don’t rely on drums, and we’d especially value your feedback, ideas and contributions too  – please  email  us at