Category: Team Building

Team Building Sydney

Team building Sydney at Prince Alfred Park with African Beat

We were excited when the Canva team got in touch about a team building in Sydney they wanted us to be part of. But this wasn’t your typical team building. It wasn’t to address conflict or encourage team cohesion like we are often tasked with. This was a party. A celebration of a job well done.

Team Building in Sydney with Canva

When Chris Low got in touch, he told us of the incredible milestones the innovative business had reached…

10 million international users
Over 100 languages (including Zulu)

Canva recognised that each of their staff got them to these milestones and wanted to show their appreciation. Interactive African Drumming fit the bill and we were so pleased to be part of their celebration.

Today’s Businesses

We love that businesses of today are putting their staff first. The rule was always to put your customers first but the rule is changing. Put your staff first and they will look after your customers. They will enjoy coming to work. They will be loyal. These are all very positive for your bottom line.

Team Building doesn’t always need to be about achieving certain metrics or fixing team dynamics, we should also make room for fun in the workplace and recognise that the world has changed.

Anyway, back to Canva’s story…!

Taking Advantage of Sydney’s Great Outdoors

As Canva’s office is in Sydney CBD they were spoilt for choice of venues for their team building. They settled on the beautiful Prince Alfred Park which was a hop, skip & jump from their office.

At lunchtime, 100 Canva employees strolled to the park with the sounds of tribal drumming growing louder with each step. They arrive to a whole lot of drums and three of African Beat’s native African Musicians dressed in colourful African costume. 
Lunch was served in the park while African beats filled the air and excitement, of what was to come, grew.

With full bellies, it took no time to get everyone drumming to the same beat, smiling, laughing and connecting with each other.

Another successful team activity and a memorable celebration for the deserving Canva team.

African Beat’s Team Building Sydney

African Beat offers Team Building in Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast & Woolongong. We also have teams of native African facilitators in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast. 

You can learn more about what we do or get a quick quote.

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Entertaining 1500 People

Entertaining 1500 People

When it comes to entertaining 1500 people or any large group for that matter, you need something with impact. Something that stops people in their tracks, but can also be enjoyed by everyone in the room. It shouldn’t matter, therefore, if you are front and centre or right at the back “with the gods”.

We take a look at our recent experience performing for the masses at The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (aka ICC).

How To Wow Your Customers

Wow your customers

Loyalty is hard to come by these days, you must wow your customers to foster this. The competition for a dollar is ongoing and never seems to end. Standing out is the key … along with great customer service, quality products and services and passion for what you do.
How do you stand out?

Wow Your Customers with Amazing Customer Service

How quick are people to leave a review about bad service? Far more than about good service. In an age where there are so many options, ‘breaking up’ with a brand is common. The idea is to wow your customers every step of the way. Take the time to train your people in upping their customer service.

Respond to negative reviews – studies have shown that customers are more likely to return if they feel their complaint has been dealt with.

Why There Should Be Room For Fun At Work

fun at work

Work is serious business but we must not forget the people doing the work also need to let off steam, otherwise productivity falls and enthusiasm wanes. Want some tips on how to make sure your people are having fun at work?

How To Get Your People Having Fun At Work

Get Drumming

We totally realise we are biased, but after watching thousands of people take part in African Beat team building or school sessions, we have witnessed lots of joy. The power of drumming breaks down barriers and inspires team spirit. We use ancient rhythms as a cutting-edge tool for communication. Your team will embark on a musical journey to discover their team pulse. Having lots of fun along the way, the result will be a unified, uplifted and motivated group.

Having Fun Is A Recipe For Joy – Find Out Why

Having fun

One of our favourite things to do at African Beat is run workshops and events with kids and watching them having fun. There is something about the unbridled joy of beating in time and moving with the beat that makes everyone smile. It is so much FUN!

As adults, we sometimes get caught up in the seriousness of life and concern about being watched or judged.

While adults feel it is their job to teach the younger generation, sometimes there are thing adults can learn from watching kids.

Here is what we have learned from our years working with young people teaching them how to drum:

Team Work – That’s The Difference

Team Work

Sometimes getting team dynamics is not about having a team building guru come in but about remembering the joy of team work.

In the hurley burley of day-to-day tasks, deadlines and pressures, it is easy to forget we are working with other human beings. The pressure to get a job done can sometimes overshadow the team connection. We forget to rely on each other. Instead, seeing any interruptions or distraction as an intrusion into our space.

Of course, there are some things we need to do as individuals. However, the ultimate success of any project or organisation comes down the sum of its parts – the team.

Next time you are cursing being part of a team and the boss is suggesting a team building exercise, remember these six points of the benefits of being in a high functioning and happy team.

The Reasons You Have An Unhappy Team

unhappy team

An unhappy team can have major impacts on many things. A lot of effort goes into creating a high functioning team, right from the get-go. It is vital to ensure there is the right mix of skills, experience and personality make up.

What happens when this team dissolves into unhappiness, filled with backbiting, arguing and become unproductive. It can spell disaster for the project.

There are a few reasons a team becomes an unhappy team. Luckily, there are fixes to get them back on track.

1. You

As the leader of a team, it is your job to guide, support and encourage. Sadly, many leaders are more like managers – bossing the team around, micromanaging and getting the way of progress. If you are just sitting back in your office expecting the team to do all the work and you get the glory, then your team is not going to respect you. A good leader is transparent, engages with the team, walks the walk, supports the team to grow and learn, listens to feedback and takes the time to keep the team up to date.

When To Use African Entertainment

African Entertainment

African entertainment is so diverse. The audience can watch and enjoy or get involved. We can turn any group of people into a percussion orchestra in minutes… Our main options include:

Here we take a look at some of the times you might want to use African Entertainment to give your event the x-factor.

Which African Entertainment Company?

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Stop! Before Booking ANY Entertainment…

With so much choice online these days, how do you know which African Entertainment company to book?
Let me ask you a simple question… How do you know you are getting 100% Authentic African drummers and dancers at the best price? Can all these companies who claim to offer African entertainment be relied on? In our experience, no they can’t! We’ve heard some horror stories over the years and we don’t want to be tarnished with the same brush!

So, before booking, please consider the questions below.