Our breakout drumming event is up to 3 hours and involves splitting the entire group into 3 or 4 smaller sub-groups, each with their own facilitator. At the end of the event all groups are reunited in the main room and perform a finale drumming performance as a large, unified group. This drives the message of ‘unity’ to the entire conference when delegates experience working together as a whole, with each group being used to incorporate its separate part as practiced in the smaller seession.
This event is more intimate than the single room event and slowly creates a powerful experience of unity and collaboration. Breakout Events are excellent fun Team building activities that create a unified experience for the entire team, while still keeping the individual aspect of the smaller groups.
The breakout event starts with our standard introduction with all delegates present. After this we split the entire group into smaller breakout groups (there can be between 3 – 5 such smaller group), taking each to a separate, breakout room with a facilitator, ending with the whole group back in the main room for a finale performance.
The final drumming piece is demonstrated at the beginning, and it looks extremely complex… but broken down into “bite sized chunks” via the smaller breakout groups, is relatively easy. A drum piece is extremely precise and everybody needs to be 100% focused. Everybody absolutely has to work together and a very high level of focus will be required of everyone.
When the final piece is performed in front of the “audience”, people really get a sense of achievement and the added “adrenalin” of performing adds even more precision and focus. The learning here is about:
- An open mind
- Clear Guidance/Facilitation/Objectives
- Getting back a lot more then you put it.
The second session is about showing how contrasting, or even conflicting rhythms, when combined, form something greater than the sum of its parts.
Creating music together in an orchestra is about doing your part, but still listening to, and being in sync with the “Rhythm” of the entire group. There is an overall company philosophy, style or message that is compared with the overall rhythm. There are many comparisons and analogies between a company and an orchestra.
Finally, by showcasing individuals, and watching how their being in the spotlight just for a moment, inspires and even relaxes everybody, we again get that learning about how the synergy between individuals and the group is so central to “teamwork”
The Drum Cafe drum circle gets its energy from the people that make it up, but everybody gets back more energy than they put in. This is almost a mystery and is the central concept of all kinds of group energy. A crowd of people has the power to lift itself up, sometimes even into a frenzy, and if a team can harness this power, it can inspire everybody, encourage even more energy and of course leave everyone feeling unified and connected and with a common purpose.