So proud to have been featured
on the cover of Drums Etc!
EXPRESS YOUR INNER RHYTHM / BULLETPROOF YOUR MINDSET
It’s amazing to see the power of the drum in all areas of life, from drumming with kids, all the way to drum therapy for seniors. I’ve worked with 4 yr olds to 104 yr olds, and everywhere in between! With an age spectrum spanning a century, the benefits are universal. Why? DRUMMING IS LIFE. There are so many connections to the benefits drumming gives us, to our life skills being forged in the process. Focus, energy, and confidence are universal, and the business world is no exception. The empowering qualities of drumming can add so much to our lives, so let’s take advantage of 4 key areas that can improve any business and take it to the next level!
POSITIVE STATE = HIGH PERFORMANCE
The STATE we are in defines the quality of our output. Energy pushes us from good to great! Our state also affects our beliefs, and our beliefs create our reality. Before attacking a challenge, interacting with our team, and bringing our best to challenges, we need to take control of our state. Drumming gives us the tools. Because of our ancient connection to rhythm, drumming has a radical effect on our energy. Music makes any challenging task a little easier, giving us the energy fuel and positive state to take it on. Many studies have shown getting in a positive state primes our brains to be more motivated, efficient, resilient, creative, and productive. Our brains are designed to perform at their best when they are in a positive mindset. Drumming proves a quick and powerful antidote to stress and anxiety, lowering sick days taken by employees, and helping us to perform at our highest levels. Taking advantage of this fact is the secret weapon of Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Creating positive experiences in a workplace ensures that teams produce their very best work. Drumming is always positive, and something that many people have always wanted to try! As Richard Branson said, “more than any other element, fun is the secret of Virgin’s success.” Drumming is celebrating life and training for high performance at the same time, and the effects will remain long after the session is over. Positive experiences and memories to draw upon give us strength for future challenges.
Drumming is a quick and potent way to tap into group FLOW states, which exponentially increase human performance.
“The individuals and organizations who went the farthest and fastest were always the ones tapping into passion and finding flow.” John Hagel, Deloitte consulting’s Center For The Edge
FOCUS OVER INTELLIGENCE
We we live in the most distracted age in human history! Focus is now valued over intelligence. Even switching your attention briefly to another task like checking email, or social media, it takes about 20 minutes to get back to our previous level of focus. This means we can be spending most of the work day in a state of perpetual distraction, hindering our best work from being born into the world, and limiting our untapped potential. Focus is the superpower of the 21st century. Drumming improves focus by placing us firmly in the NOW. Actively LISTENING to others to see how we can contribute to the larger vision is key. Drumming helps us get in a state of service, focusing on that which is greater than ourselves. Drumming brings on a meditative state, also called ‘Flow’, the source of our inner genius. Meditation is a rhythmic form of breathing, and a great source of focus and energy. When attention wanders, gently bring it back to the feel of the movement, the sounds of the rhythm, and the flow of the breathe.
DON’T COMPETE, CREATE!
Every job is creative, every job is of great value, if we choose to see it that way. True innovation happens when the brain gets into alpha state, and the hypnotic rhythm of the drum shows us what it feels like to tap into this state, and how to get back into it. The rhythm of our heartbeats can slow us down, and when we slow down we can breath, create, and get in the right state to be of service.
THE POWER OF SYNERGY
Everyone is an organization has value, from the janitor to the CEO. With synergy, the end result is always greater than the sum of it’s parts. Just like the engine of a car, all the parts need to be working together in harmony with each other. When drumming to create a larger rhythm, all the parts have meaning, and must be locked in, and the end result is amazing! Drumming is an instrument of service, creating a foundation where everyone can thrive and contribute. A huge predictor of success and high performance is a strong social support network, and drumming brings this vividly to life.
There is an ancient maxim, ‘give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.’ Here are some tools everyone will learn from this event to apply once the drumming dies down, and a new day begins.
STATE: Start moving! Take control of your state through breath and movement. Focusing on the breathe for just one minute, can be a great source of focus and energy.
FOCUS: Get in the NOW, and minimize distractions. Working in concentrated 90 min cycles with time for renewal, is a great way to build the focus muscle.
CREATIVITY: The source of creativity is getting into a relaxed, quiet state. Becoming a world class listener will keep us inspired by all that surrounds us.
SYNERGY: Tap into the larger vision! See how your contribution is essential to the whole, and that your craft contributes to something greater than yourself.