One phrase I grew up with: “Always give people more than they expect to get.” Why? Because that will leave them with the feeling of coming back to you and therein starts a long relationship. Team building activities in India are not just about trust falls and rope courses anymore. Employers, participants and trainers alike are realizing the importance of incorporating creativity and art into their corporate training sessions to foster better communication, collaboration, cohesion among employees and most importantly; elicit genuine response from the participant group. One such innovative approach gaining popularity is team building drum circles, also known as corporate drum circles or outbound drumming events, which are making waves across the corporate landscape in India. When I started off in 2006 there were two to three other companies offering this work. Now, due to the popularity and potential of this work, there are many players in the market offering drum circle activities for all kinds of corporate events. As a consumer of these unique team building training sessions, it’s important to know the value of such activities and the difference between a white-wash job vs those delivering true value.

Drum circle team building activities offer a unique blend of rhythm, music, and teamwork, making them an ideal choice for companies looking to engage their employees in a fun and meaningful way. These sessions typically involve participants coming together in a circle (or concentric circles) to play various percussion instruments like drums, tambourines, and shakers, under the guidance of a facilitator. This activity is SO much fun that the usual filters that guide our carefully measured responses are turned off. This paves the way for the expert to observe the true nature of the group.

One of the key benefits of incorporating drum circles into corporate training sessions is their ability to break down barriers and encourage open communication. Drumming requires synchronization and coordination, forcing participants to listen to each other, communicate non-verbally, and work together towards a common goal. This fosters a sense of camaraderie and unity among team members, ultimately improving workplace dynamics. Wherever there’s openness, team building follows… Creating an open forum of communication really helps in this direction. The effects of regular team building drumming sessions will be seen in other aspects of problem solving or brainstorming sessions. The same non judgemental learning principles used and applied very naturally in a drum circle, are then applied in these other sessions making the learning transfer natural and effortless.

Moreover, drum circle team building activities are inclusive and accessible to employees of all backgrounds and skill levels. Regardless of their musical prowess, everyone can actively participate and contribute to the rhythm, creating a level playing field where everyone’s input is valued equally. This promotes a sense of belonging and encourages individuals to step out of their comfort zones, leading to personal and professional growth. The aim is to build a sense of genuine interest and love for what one does. When you love what you do, it rarely seems like work, does it?

Corporate drum circles also serve as a powerful stress-relief tool, offering employees a much-needed break from their daily routine. The act of drumming is inherently therapeutic, allowing participants to release tension, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. By providing employees with an outlet for relaxation and self-expression, companies can enhance morale and productivity in the workplace.

In addition to the numerous individual benefits, drum circle team building activities can have a profound impact on organizational culture. By embracing creativity and embracing unconventional approaches, companies demonstrate their commitment to fostering a positive work environment that values innovation and collaboration. This, in turn, can lead to increased employee satisfaction, lower turnover rates, and ultimately, improved business outcomes.
For companies in India looking to incorporate drum circle team building activities into their corporate training sessions, Taal Inc. drum circles in India offer tailored programs designed to meet specific organizational needs. Whether it’s a one-time event or a series of workshops, our experienced facilitators work closely with clients to create engaging and impactful experiences that leave a lasting impression on participants.

In conclusion, team building drum circles are a refreshing departure from traditional corporate training methods, offering a dynamic and engaging way to promote teamwork and collaboration. By embracing the power of rhythm and music, companies can unlock the full potential of their teams and pave the way for a more harmonious and productive workplace environment. So, why not beat to the rhythm of success with drum circle team building activities at your next outbound event?

Come. Drum. Be One.
Varun Venkit
Team Taal Inc.