We used The Drum Cafe to open our Client Conference. We had never done this before and were a bit nervous about our clients (mostly bankers and Financial Services executives) going for it. The Drum Cafe was patient and extremely flexible in working with us. The result was a HUGE success! We opened our general session by the sounds of their drums, which intrigued and grabbed people’s attention immediately. Bringing people into the general session from an early breakfast and getting them “awake” and excited about the event have never been easier! Our people were absolutely engaged and loved interacting with The Drum Cafe; they talked about it throughout the event. The message was clear and well accepted. We will definitely use The Drum Cafe in future events and strongly recommend them for the opening or closing of a conference. They are also a good alternative for a motivational slot. What better motivational message, then getting people acting on it immediately?
“We were so pleased with the team that came from The Drum Cafe to our Employee Recognition Event. To say the very least, the team connected with our people in an incredible way. They knew exactly what to do and when. I have heard so many comments about our event and The Drum Cafe was definitely the highlight.. It was unbelievable to hear our employees come together and create such wonderful music. My boss was completely blown away at the success of our event and has talked to your team about coming back again for our annual meeting in the spring. It was a pleasure to work with your staff and everything went off without a hitch. I can't wait to get together again in the future.
Bovis Lend Lease, Inc.
Miami , FL
But, I must admit that the highlight of the ConnectWise Partner Summit for me was the entertainment on Thursday night. The team from Drum Cafe entertained the crowd of about 1000 people by leading us in harmony to a spirited African drum symphony. Everyone in the audience was given a drum. The team leader orchestrated us with her arm motions and passion without uttering a single word. The fact that (for the most part) the audience was in harmony with the drummers on stage was astounding. This exercise was billed as a team building exercise, and that it was! It lasted about an hour. The next morning my wrists were sore. I’ll remember that event a long time. If you ever get the chance to see (and participate) with the Drum Cafe, do it! You’ll thoroughly enjoy it.
Bernie, Web Marketing Guy Attends ConnectWise Partner Summit
I attended the world wide rally in Las Vegas on May 10, 2009,
when you preformed. I must say that was the most uplifting time and help
take a manager that was on her last leg and show her that through rythym I
can go back to my store and succeed. Thank you so very much from Waco,
Texas, Dawn Sims-Domino's Pizza
Wow! The Drum Cafe certainly exceeded all expectations at our recent Camp Culture event; l can assuredly say that WOW is the impression your TEAM left on our Employees. [You] really hit the mark with your presentation. [The] facilitation skills combined both learning and FUN and brought the purpose of the...event full circle. It is our responsibility as Leaders at Southwest Airlines to perpetuate our Culture and keep the SPIRIT alive and well. I feel as though with your team’s help we have successfully driven that point home with the 2005 MIT Level II Participants."
Cheryl Hughey, Director, People and Leadership Development Southwest Airlines, Dallas, TX.
I think the better way to describe it is “completely blown away!” You did a phenomenal job! The executives (along with the attendees) were amazed at how well you incorporated our mission and objectives. I can honestly say that Drum Cafe was THE highlight of our conference. We continue to hear comments on how much fun it was and how impressed people were with you. We couldn't be happier and really wanted to express our sincere thanks for the performance you gave – you truly provided us an uplifting experience that enriched our daily lives!
Kristie Schroeder - Starbucks Marketing
" Onze medewerkers waren zeer enthousiast, het gaf een echt groepsgevoel.
Het ijs was direct gebroken, de ambiance zat er goed in."
Training & Development Manager
People were buzzing on Thursday morning about the Drum Cafe. They loved it. On the final evaluations, it was highlighted as one of the best things about the conference. One of the leaders opened his presentation highlighting his take-aways, and how well together we performed. One woman came up to me and asked if I was "cueing" you in your earpiece…. She used the words "astonishing" when she described the whole process. I hope to work with you again. It was a delight!”
Kathie Magness, Shell Oil Company, Training & Development
It was great to see the team opening up and enjoying the session, plus it was a perfect sync to the late afternoon activities. We greatly appreciate the experience your team and Dale brought to our group and we would like to look into using your team again for some leadership activities... We'll keep in touch and if you ever need a reference put me on the list. I would highly recommend it to anyone and have already begun spreading the word...
Hope all is well...
Rick M. Peterson
Phillips - Global Brand Innovation Manager
I know that we will be booking the group again sometime in the future for a larger event.
Thank you all and pass on my thanks to Chris, Sunny and the others.
SUSAN M. CARTER
ExxonMobil Business Support Centre Canada ULC An ExxonMobil
“We engaged The Drum Cafe for a Dell executive development program to support our globalization theme, raise cultural awareness, and help build peer networks. We got more than we asked for as The Drum Cafe motivated and inspired our management team in a way that was not only fun and entertaining, but relevant. Their understanding of our business objectives resulted in a customized program that supported and enhanced the more traditional elements of the week’s agenda. Thank you for a great experience! We look forward to another opportunity to work together!”
Laura Guenther, Director, Global Learning & Development, Dell Corporation, Round Rock, TX
The Drum Cafe is a refreshing new alternative to interactive audience participation. The mystique of not knowing what it is all about until you get into the performance is enticing! Drum Cafe creates a synergy and energy that leaves the audience shed of all inhibitions. You must experience it to fully understand!" Rick Mills, CMP, Director of Event Planning and Operations Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
"[The] Drum Cafe event was FABULOUS!!!! Dale and his team brought tremendous energy and spirit to it and we all had a GREAT time, and when I looked around the room as people were drumming their hearts out, EVERYONE WAS SMILIING. Thank you for making it such a success! Dale did an incredibly good job of tying the event to Starbucks soul, our teams, what we've accomplished this year, and what's yet to come! Everyone was very impressed with that and the fact that everything he said was so genuine and uplifting. Nothing about it was "canned."
JoAnn Chrisman, Store Development, Starbucks Coffee, Seattle, WA
"I was at The Wall Street Journals seminar in Austin earlier this week. I wanted to thank you for an awesome experience - you did an amazing job tying in our 2006 goals and Company expectations – it really was incredible. It’s not often you hear people talking about Sales seminars for days after the event, but this time we are! "
Terri Knabenshue, Legal Notice Advertising, The Wall Street Journal, Irving, TX.
“I want you to know that it was more than a pleasure to work with the Drum Cafe. You consistently lifted the spirits at each of the eight HP events. Your "welcome" was the perfect way to kick-off our training events - the reps were "open" and excited when our VPs started to speak. Please let me know if you ever need an enthusiastic reference. It was a privilege to work with your entire team!”
Ms. Louise Gold, Training & Development Manager, Hewlett-Packard Corp, Houston, TX
Just a few words to thank you all for the very special moment that you created at the National Meeting last week. We took the team by surprise, created some thoughts on diversity, and blew them away with the simple, clear message on the vision being the rhythm of the business. The Drum Cafe rated as one of the highlights of the week, and what a week it was. Our team left energised, and emotional...and very motivated to win in the market....our objectives were all achieved. “
Mark Barnard - Vice President - Unilever
"Wow! What a great experience. On behalf of PwC and our Women's Networking Circles, I want to thank you for our wonderful kickoff and close. We have received tremendous feedback from our women on this great event! [A] special thanks for really hitting the mark with our messages and theme. You really listened to me and 'connected' all that we spoke about. I am truly grateful for this and it was noted by many -- they were so impressed by how much you knew about PwC and our Circles. Thank you again. I hope our paths cross in the future."
Joanne McDonough, Director, Office of Diversity, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Thanks to the whole gang for doing such a great job - everyone had a blast at the event, largely due to the Drum Cafe . You guys were the stars of the day!
Paula Heath - Microsoft
"A very big thanks to The Drum Cafe team for an absolutely spectacular event. We're getting lots of buzz from employees and I personally thought your session was fantastic - incredibly motivational and I really couldn't think of a more perfect way to wrap up our event. I knew you guys would be awesome, but you were better than I had anticipated. I hope we'll be able to collaborate again in the future."
Simon McPherson, North America Event Planner, Sabre Travel Network / Travelocity
“It was undoubtedly the most successful event we have ever had. Our 160 attendees from 34 countries were delighted to take part in such a motivational, bonding experience from the moment that they stepped into our building. It was the greatest way to start the week.”
Director of Training and Development
The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica
A unique teambuilding experience, unlike anything we’ve done before. ........... Truly Stimulating!
John Lee - Senior Vice President- CNN
The Drum Cafe event spread enthusiasm like wildfire among my Motorola division. I received more positive feedback from the division heads about this event than any held prior to this. I will definitely be using The Drum Cafe again! Thank you again.
Laura Lazano - Motorola
My sincere thanks to you and your team. Absolutely amazing!!! There is no other way to describe our event. It exceeded every expectation I could have had. This is by far the best teambuilding exercise ever. It was a successful event that will be remembered for years to come. The program was tailored perfectly to our SunnyD culture and reinforced the impact of a team and individual contribution. The only problem I have is what to do for our next program. The bar has been set so high, I don't think anything could top this. Feel free to use all or part of my comments as a testimonial. Your future clients will not be disappointed."
Kim Thompson, Sunny Delight Beverages Co. (SunnyD), Sales Coordinator, Cincinnati, OH
"The Drum Cafe's performance was everything we expected and beyond. [The facilitation] was smooth as silk and kept the audience's attention all the way through. Every member of the band was solid and showed their prowess during the solo part of the act."
David Brentz, Audiovisual Producer, Design and Media Services
American Heart Association
"[The] Drum Cafe was an incredible experience for everyone! Very professional and first class! I would recommend Drum Cafe again and again!"
Shelly Kay, Field Marketing Director/Eastern Division, Whataburger, Inc.
Your group is fantastic, the style marvelous, the cohesiveness you bring to any group of people is extraordinary and the joy and exhilaration we experienced unsurpassed.
"Partners are still talking about the session we had with you all on the 7th. [Another manager] mentioned how great it was to me today. Thanks to you and your team for doing such an amazing job. I appreciate your passion for what you do."
Mike Bryant, P artner L earning & D evelopment M anager , H-E-B Grocery Stores, San Antonio, TX.
"Many thanks for helping us make music, the drumming session was most definitely the highlight of the weekend. What a fantastic show.”
Our CEO and other executives have referred to the Drum Cafe piece as the highlight of the meetings, and leaders from all over the world have called to thank us for including your troupe.
Neil Erickson - Corporate Communications Director
"We all had a great time and the feedback has been very positive! Everyone keeps saying this was the “best meeting yet!” and The Drum Cafe was a big part of why…You got everyone to rock! I hope our paths will cross again in the future!”
Wendy Crothers, Senior Communications Specialist , Memphis, TN
The experience was fantastic,and exceeded even my highest expectations and wishes! My staff was stunned, surprised, and enveloped by the magic. They are still talking about it and we are all working together to make the beat go on!
Gail Hansen - CEO - SunTrust
The drum session we had was thoroughly enjoyed by all. This was a great ice breaker and a wonderful exercise in team collaboration… there was a unanimous conveyance of positive remarks, thank you for winning over even the biggest skeptic in our group.
Camia Peacock - Georgia Power Company
Awesome...... Everyone commented on their ability to engage the crowd and how calm and personable they were.
Ernestine Perry - Kaiser Permanente
Fantastic performance !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lyndon Burrell - National Marketing Manager - PWC Canada
I want to thank The Drum Cafe for performing at our event. I got NOTHING but praises on how much FUN everyone had. The purpose of asking you to attend is that we wanted/needed a bonding experience and everyone in attendance now shares this unique relationship. Those who attended are still talking about it and those who didn't wish they had. Thank you for the experience."
Deborah Key, AT&T Inc. (Formerly SBC Communications), San Antonio, TX