In this blog, I thought I’d describe a day I had as a facilitator last week. I never tire of facilitating team building events due to the diversity of different groups, the broad range of options we offer and the adrenalin and energy that is created during each session.
I arrived back in England around 9am, having travelled from Amsterdam, where I had facilitated a drumming workshop the previous evening as part of a leadership course. This went very well, and the participants were particularly delighted with their surprise gifts. Our client had bought all of them drums as a give-away at the end. This always proves a huge hit. It also eases logistical concerns, because the drums are shipped direct to the venue so there is virtually nothing we need to take to the session.
I headed from Gatwick Airport southwards to Brighton for the next part of my itinerary. Once at the hotel, my client greeted me with a lovely smile. This was the perfect beginning. I was there to facilitate a conference energiser using percussion with 60 delegates. As the theme of the day was about using fair trade products, we supplied only world percussion that was fair trade also. We had lots of fun and we created an ensemble of different rhythms from these instruments from around the world.
So now it was just after lunchtime. My mission was to get to London to meet the driver bringing the drums needed for the evening’s team building drumming event. After wiggling around the narrow streets near Tower Bridge, I found a close-by parking space. I couldn’t park in the hotel as the England cricket team who were staying there had priority!
The venue manager had decided to give us a separate area to run the team building event. This was very kind, except that it now meant that 80 drums had to be carried downstairs, through corridors and into the prepared dance studio. As if by magic, the venue kindly arranged many hands from their own staff to help. Perfect.
The evening’s group had never experienced a drumming event before, so I was really pleased at how quickly participants got into the spirit of the session. People became really involved. After transforming into a powerful drum orchestra, they were awarded a special dinner for their amazing performance!
So with the drums all packed, I jumped into the car at about 9pm to drive from London to Swindon. I awoke early and made my way to the venue in Bristol to facilitate a conference ice breaker for 300 delegates using boomwhackers. As usual, there was lots of colour, laughs and interactive music making with the boomwhacker harmonic tubes.
Finally, I headed home to Cambridgeshire, thinking about the smiles I had seen on so many faces. With each session comes a new group and the challenge of making that session special and unique for the people taking part.