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Keynote Slide Show Presentation (March 2009) by Stephen Dolle DOLLE COMMUNICATIONS. “ Team-Building & Communications thru Group Drumming: Engaging the Rhythms of your Brain”. Table of Contents. Introduction Slide 3 Biography Slide 4 Keynote Programs Slide 12

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table of contents
Table of Contents

Introduction Slide 3

Biography Slide 4

Keynote Programs Slide 12

Past Drumming Clients Slide 13

What is Group Drumming Slide 14

How does Drumming Work Slide 19

What are the Rhythms of the Brain Slide 20

Health Connection to Drumming Slide 21

Evolution of Drum Communications Slide 22

Sound Integration Study (2002) Slide 23

Modern Uses of Group Drumming Slide 32

Corporate Drumming Applications Slide 33

Teamwork & Management Models Slides 34 - 38

Drumming Exercises Slides 39 - 44

Other Uses Slides 45 - 46

Videos on YouTube (March 2009) Slide 45

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To succeed in life, you must be “engaged” in what is happening around you. You must develop strategies to help you stay focused and engaged─ in the face of adversity, and amid increasing distractions at work, at school, and at play.

Often referred to as our earliest survival tool, rhythm is being used today to help people stay focused, fit, and engaged in what’s going on around them. Widely termed “drum circles,” group drumming offers new insights into understanding team building and communications today.

Stephen Dolle is CEO of Dolle Communications, a communications and neurosciences consulting company based in Newport Beach, California. His life path into drumming came after 30 years in the corporate world.

Known as “MacGyver” for his problem solving skills, and the “Professor” for his drum rhythms, he is a drum circle facilitator and percussionist and speaks and performs throughout the Greater Los Angeles area on the “rhythms of the brain.” Let’s welcome Stephen Dolle.

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Nuclear medicine technologist 1976-92

▪ Performed over 15,000 patient work-ups/ procedures at

over 50 centers, authored 100s of procedures

Certified Nuclear Imaging CEO 1982-92

Film & theater actor 1986-1989

Marketing Consultant 1990-1992

▪ products dev., fundraising/pro esp. sports & entertainment

Coach/Mentor: Youth baseball, soccer 1987-99

Legal Expert: Products Liability 1994+

▪ Failure to warn, health insurance

FDA Policy Advocate 1994+

Neuroscientist & Health Consult 1994-Present

CNS shunts, neurology & clinical diagnostics, assistive

technology, learning & cognition, sensory integration,

epidemiology, music & drum therapy

DiaCeph, Inc. Founder & CEO 1999-2003

▪ Inventor of DiaCeph Test, related brain research

Percussionist, Drum Facilitator 2004-Present

▪ Facilitator, researcher, keynote speaker

Dolle Communications Founder CEO 2005-Pre

▪ Marketing, communications, neuroscience initiatives,

drum circle facilitation, keynotes

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STEPHEN FIRST began exploring RHYTHM to help his recovery after this 1992 auto accident/brain injury. He had done mind-body work dating back to the 1970s. This injury pressed him to explore the neurosciences in new ways…

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…He first had to design and patent an all newAI level diagnostic test for CNS shunt malfunction, which he termed the DiaCeph Test…

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then petition the fda and travel to washington d c for this conference he brought about
…Then petition the FDA, and travel to Washington, D.C. for this conference he brought about…

Stephen— in Washington, D.C. for the Jan. 1999 International STAMP Conference in Bethesda, Maryland, he helped bring about. There he pressed the Food & Drug Administration for better quality assurance and oversight of CNS shunt devices.

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…He researched and applied methods in music & art therapy for wellness, and used his DiaCeph Test to direct this long awaited 1998 surgery…

Stephen waited for more than 4 years to undergo this corrective surgery in 1998— as all his shunt tests were negative. It was his own DiaCeph Test that pinpointed the problem, and paved the way for corrective surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (1998).

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and was required to know and practice law in support of his efforts in regulatory affairs
…And was required to know and practice law in support of his efforts in regulatory affairs—

Stephen─ after wrapping up a civil proceeding in 2002.

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…And in 2008, 16 years of neuroscience efforts were realized when the DiaCeph Test successfully directed this best surgical outcome...

It took 16 years, 7 shunt revisions, several changes in neurosurgeons, and his authoring a tandem paper on the DiaCeph Test, but Stephen succeeded in guiding this 2008 shunt surgery─ that produced the most favorable outcome in 16 years, seen in the CT image at right.

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allowing him to focus on drumming and conceive this rhythms of the brain program
…Allowing him to focus on drumming and conceive this “rhythms of the brain” program.

Stephen, after a drumming appearance in 2008.

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keynote programs by stephen dolle
Keynote Programs by Stephen Dolle
  • Team Building & Communications thru Group Drumming
  • Drum for your Brain
  • The DiaCeph Story: a story of Innovation and Perseverance
  • Mobile Phones and AI
  • Managing Hydrocephalus
  • Managing your Health

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past drumming clients include
Past Drumming Clients Include
  • YMCA of Orange County
  • High Hopes Brain Injury Center
  • Endangered Planet Foundation
  • Stefan Kaelin Ski & Golf
  • El Salvador Comm Center/ Love2Drum
  • Bowers Museum / Love2Drum
  • Oasis Yoga Studios / Love2Drum
  • Von Roll / Lavida Laguna

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what is group drumming
What is Group Drumming?

Group drumming is a discipline of communications and health & wellness, where participants play structured and free-form rhythms with the goal of reaching a common mindset, or brain wave entrainment (BWE)─ enabling high level group learning and tasking. It is an age old practice led today by trained facilitators following set guidelines.

Drumming is in Synch w/ Study on Aging:

  • Mild/moderate exercise
  • Companionship
  • Mental stimulation

As a Tool, it Improves:

  • Communications
  • Attentiveness & Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity, Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Physical coordination
  • Confidence, Intimacy
  • Morale
  • Health & Wellness

The “TOOL” within Us!

Group Drumming Benefits

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in our early years
In our early years…

…we learned to engage others

and what was happening around us through listening, rhythm, and song...

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…We learned to become mentally and physically focused (at least we thought), and to use various tools to perform even these…


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then as things started to go wrong we found we were missing critical communications signals
Then─ as things started to go wrong… we found we were missing critical communications signals.

Do you know how to listen?

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what does group drumming require
What does Group Drumming require?

…A venue …. Percussion instruments, and


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how does drumming work
How Does Drumming Work?

“To succeed in life, you must be “engaged” in what is happening around you. You must develop strategies to help your mind stay focused and engaged in whatever you are doing─ and rise above adversity and distractions at work, at school, and at play. Group drumming is the platform where you learn how to interact with the rhythms of your brain, to truly engage your mind and body, and better communicate with those around you.”

Stephen Dolle

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what are the rhythms of the brain
What are the “Rhythms of the Brain?”

The “rhythms of the brain” are a collage of the many different auditory, visual, and touch sensory patterns which have specific effects on our brain and body. Some are learned, while others are innate. They are widely how our mind communicates with our body, with others, and with the world around us. The more you understand these patterns and their influences─ the more prosperous and happy you will be in life.

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the health connection to drumming incl dolle and bittman research
The Health Connection to Drumming(incl. Dolle and Bittman research)
  • Confidence, mental health, intimacy
  • Family communications, dispute resolution
  • Cognition: hand & body communications, time & space awareness (fitness and sports)*
  • Sensory integration: focus, productivity, and learning in noisy environments*
  • Coordination, mobility, fitness*
  • Stress reduction, general wellness**
  • Biofeedback chronic illness & cancer**
  • Group BWE: independent of age, culture

* Dolle research

** Bittman research

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the evolution of drum communications
The Evolution of Drum Communications
  • Animals and humans learned that when sound is ↑ in volume or tempo it is closing in and/or is ↑ in importance, calling attention, where slow or melodic sound tends to be friendly. Fast or repetitive sound tends to be forceful or threatening. Augmented sounds are appealing, and make us curious and/or happy.
  • Human sounds and drums evolved to disseminate information.
  • Sight, sound, and body movement patterns, along with words, eventually formed human communication we know today.
  • Emotional “intonations” in words is termed “prosody.”
  • Since drum rhythms come from the “body,” they can activate the “prosody” center of the brain in Wernicke’s area, and language centers of the pre-frontal cortex.
  • Possible “rhythmic patterning” correlation to a recent paper in news on “doodling” and memory when bored/poor attention.
  • Correlation of audible patterning to cognition; Mozart Effect
  • Modern day sports and music keep us connected to our past.

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Stephen’s 2002 Metronome Study on“Sensory (Sound) Integration”- unsyncopated patterns impair cognition-syncopated patterns repair cognition (Mozart Effect)*-findings hold relevance in cognition, learning, and productivity in noisy environments-SEE paper on web site for more details

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executing the imaginative rhythms of the brain was his forte
Executing the imaginative “rhythms of the brain” was his forte…

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”Dr. Albert Einstein

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executing our innate team building rhythms
Executing our innate team building rhythms…

…allows us to accomplish extraordinary things with limited training.

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executing social familial rhythms keeps us strong and mentally healthy
…Executing social/familial rhythms keeps us strong and mentally healthy…

…like these three generations engaged in family drumming.

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executing the communicative rhythms of the brain produces
Executing the communicative rhythms of the brain produces…

Well… some participants develop Crocodile Dundee-like communication skills.

(man in center)

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executing structure and free form rhythms of the brain enhances learning
Executing structure and free-form rhythms of the brain enhances learning.

Facilitation is critical.

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what is the role of the facilitator
What is the role of the facilitator?

…To help participants engage in their rhythms, and connect with those around them.

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modern uses of group drumming
Modern Uses of Group Drumming
  • Music and cultural arts
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Team-Building: corporate, sports, war
  • Math, science, learning, sports training
  • Health & wellness: brain, disease, stress
  • Personal development, family, intimacy
  • Events: entertainment, sports, spiritual
  • Community outreach, gang prevention

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corporate drumming applications
Corporate Drumming Applications
  • Sales, Work, and Office Communications: better read intent of others, listening, and project thru body language
  • Team Building BWE (brain wave entrainment): syncopate beta, alpha, theta, and delta brain waves, improve group tasks and leadership in structured and free form settings
  • Intellectual skills: multi-tasking, creativity, abstract thinking
  • Sensory: boost focus and productivity in noisy settings *
  • Language: understand cross-cultural communications *
  • Reduce Stress: reduce employee stress/burnout (Bittman)
  • Hiring & testing: use in personality and skills assessment *

* Dolle Communications research

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teamwork definition of
Teamwork (definition of):

“a joint action by 2 or more people or a group in which each person subordinates his/her individual interests to the whole of the group.”

Dolle added:

“the action, when each person is equally engaged and entrained, will produce an affect greater than the sum of the individual parts.”

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forming storming norming performing team building model tuckman 1965
Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing(Team-Building model, Tuckman 1965)

This model follows today’s “free form group drumming.” It’s four (4) phases are:

  • Team meets and agrees on goals/tasks
  • Individual ideas are put forth & discussed
  • Consensus of roles, values, etc. reached
  • Team becomes a self-sustaining unit

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Drum Circle roles/instruments then match the MCCANN team building modelSlide 30: free-form + structured learning

Bass Drums: develop, produce

Congas: innovate, promote

Djembes: produce, maintain, innovate, promote

Shakers: maintain, innovate, inspect, advise

Bells: organize, maintain

Clave: maintain, innovate

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a communications exercise
A Communications Exercise

1. Click the bell.. to play this 2 ½ min audio. This exercise reminds us how language mirrors sounds around us, esp. the beat of a drum. Many believe our language came from beats and vocal grunts. See if you recognize the rhythms as:

a) coming toward you?

b) calling to you?

c) trying to frighten you?

d) trying to appease you?

2. Our bodies communicate messages too. In the above example, specific body movements could also elicit those messages. Find a co-worker, or perhaps a pet at home, and communicate the messages above with your body movements. SEE the TV program, the “Dog Whisperer.”

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a sales presentation exercise
A Sales Presentation Exercise
  • Assemble 4 to 5 co-workers into a team and ask them to give a 5 min presentation on a made up product. Instead of speaking, have each choose a percussive tool or instrument, and have the group give the presentation using their instruments, body language, gestures, and product (can use prop). Improves improvisation and free form team execution. Grade how well the audience understood each presentation.

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a team building exercise
A Team-Building Exercise
  • FIND one or more co-workers and ask them to clap their hands or tap desks with you as you play this 1 ½ min audio.
  • When ready, CLICK on the bell to play the audio. Each person should try to clap or tap a “different” part of the beat pattern. Trust your insights. Allow time for your parts to evolve and your body to move to the groove. Ask your co-workers what your pattern was expressing. Did your group create a new sound? If so, what did it express?

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a multi tasking patterning exercise
A Multi-Tasking Patterning Exercise
  • At times, when you are tired or feel overwhelmed by too many tasks, try this exercise:

Right at the point of when you are loosing your focus, start tapping your hands on your legs, lap, or a stationary surface.

Pick any rhythm pattern that comes to mind, and climb onto the rhythm. The more you strike your rhythm, the better your focus will be on your tasks─ approx 5 sec to 1 min.

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a memory recall patterning exercise
A Memory Recall Patterning Exercise
  • Our brains have a unique ability to identify and remember information in patterns. Say and recall these random letters/numbers:


Now say as a pattern, with letters/numbers in bold on the downbeat or emphasis:

“X E Z (pause) A E I (pause) 3 4 S S C”

Sound familiar…?

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a pattern of movement exercise
A Pattern of Movement Exercise
  • Casual walk and movement mirror our heart beat. The beat 1-2, 1-2, is the energy of casual pushing off from one foot, with the stop and more forceful land/turn of another.
  • Military marching and running is more 1-2, 1-2 (down-up) and 1-2-3-4, more energy given to the foot you’re pushing push off of.
  • Walk briefly around home or office. Which pattern do you walk? Do you run? Try to walk with emphasis in #1 above. Which method are you more stable with your balance?

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sometimes drumming is even used to influence the weather
Sometimes— drumming is even used to influence the weather…

Stephen, facilitating a Drum and Dance to Snow event at Stefan Kaelin Ski & Golf, in Dec. 2007.

And it snowed!

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drumming videos on youtube
Drumming Videos on YouTube
  • Full Moon Drum Circle 2007 (Laguna)
  • Bowers Museum 2008 (Santa Ana)

Related General Interest Videos:

  • 2008 Drummers Beijing Olympics

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presentation by stephen dolle dolle communications march 2009

Unauthorized Use or Reproduction is Strictly Prohibited

Presentation by:Stephen DolleDOLLE COMMUNICATIONSMarch 2009

Thank you…

Newport Beach, CA

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