In music, we have tonality and we have rhythm. These two elements combine to together communicate emotion. When one element doesn’t complement the other, sometimes the emotion that we’re aiming to convey is lost. For example, if you hear an upbeat rhythm that makes your body want to dance, but the accompanying melody is in a minor key, it can feel uneasy and angry. But change the chords to something major, and suddenly the song feels like an upbeat anthem. It’s a subtle difference, but it changes the entire tone.
Now translate same concept that to your own communication. Imagine your words as the rhythm and your body language as the tonality. Have you ever met someone who gave you a compliment while sitting with their arms crossed not making eye contact with you? I’ll bet it felt insincere, right? That’s because the two major methods of communication were not in alignment.
It’s critical that we assess our communication skills (verbal and non-verbal) when working with others, whether it be in the corporate world or at home. This is why here at Drum Cafe West, we focus on establishing the Rhythm of Communication in our latest programs. Going about this through a group drumming activity is a great way to bring awareness to the situation without igniting another’s defenses. In our corporate team building workshops, we always aim to inspire individuals to connect and operate as one cohesive team. However, rather than doing this through providing direct and potentially harsh feedback, we do it through inviting individuals to explore their own communication styles through drumming. Through body language alone, it’s easy to spot who is comfortable in a room, who is excited, who is bored, and even who is anxious.
The key is to invite people to communicate using a different medium—in our case, the drum—to help them better understand their overall challenges and triumphs when getting their message across in an effective way.
Inspire and engage your organization with corporate teambuilding and entertainment events using interactive drumming. Contact Natalie to learn more about our customized programs.
About Drum Cafe West:
Drum Cafe West leverages the stunning power of rhythm to engage people quickly and emotionally by providing corporate team building events, corporate entertainment, and education events. As a world leader in interactive drumming, we have a number of teams across the United States, Canada, and the world that create unparalleled corporate team building and entertainment events. We shift attitudes and effect change in organizations of all sizes and industries, including some of the most powerful brands in the world such as Google, Virgin Airlines, Microsoft, Yahoo, Intel and eBay.