Neal Fullerton is a highly engaging and passionate speaker who uses music to energise conferences and bring delegates together in a unique way. Having appeared at hundreds of conferences in Scandinavia, his interactive musical sessions are also a powerful metaphor for teamwork. Using very simple instruments - (tuned plastic tubes called “Boomwhackers”) which are handed out to every person in the room - Neal can get 500 conference delegates all working together and playing Beethoven's 9th symphony! His performance will transform any audience into participants.
Neal combines experience from a number of diverse areas reflecting his journey from the Royal College of Music to music therapy, together with real-world experience as a professional musician and entertainer in cabaret bands, piano bars and on cruise ships. He brings along business experience too, having run successful sales teams with several international blue-chip companies in the UK such as Pilkington and Bausch & Lomb.
He also has created and run courses in business presentation skills for major Scandinavian players in the oil industry including ConocoPhillips and Statoil. It's this combination of music, communication, business and entertainment that makes for a very engaging speaker. The common thread with all of this is communication and teamwork. (Neal says: “Think of any good band - The Rolling Stones, Duke Ellington or the Royal Philharmonic - they're all really good “teams” that communicate effectively to produce harmony.”)
Audiences are carried away by Neal's passion for music, together with his energy and entertaining stage presence. His sense of humour is infectious and audiences really enjoy his insights into how music “works” - and his obvious pleasure at sharing his knowledge. In a very entertaining style, he demonstrates how the skills needed to play music together are also transferrable to working together.
Conference delegates are energised, engaged and they have a lot of fun too.
He can present in English or Norwegian
Using music interactively is a subtle but effective way to deliver useful take-away messages about teamwork - but without doing so too directly. Here are some of the elements that stand out during Neal’s sessions:
• We need each other
• Cooperation is essential
• Everyone has something to contribute
• Listening is important
• Communication is vital
• Maintaining your focus is key
• Leadership is necessary
Neal’s entertaining musical sessions are an ideal way to energise your conference delegates and to vividly illustrate what can be achieved with effective teamwork. The fact that the entire audience is involved and contributing, creates an atmosphere of engagement and participation. It’s also a plus that this inclusive atmosphere can positively impact the entire conference. A musical energiser session will deliver many benefits for a conference or seminar such as:
Kick-starting a meeting
Motivating the group
Breaking the ice
Energising the audience
Getting people talking to each other
Re-focusing the group after lunch
Neal ran several sessions at an annual company meeting including colleagues from across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He did a brilliant job of engaging the whole audience of over 100 people and tailored his sessions to the theme of the meeting... As well as ensuring we had a lot of fun... No hesitation in recommending Neal!
I have had the pleasure of working together with Neal on several company events and teambuilding sessions. Neal is dedicated, very organized and extremely good at what he does. The musical teambuilding is as good a teambuilder and icebreaker as any in the business and Neal "does his thing" to perfection each and every time. Full of energy, good humour and a natural touch.
Neal was excellent. It was a tough audience to engage with but he managed it. Who would have thought he could get over 100 managers singing! Neal related the content very well to working to together and working to one goal and 'sticking to the plan'. Feedback I've had has been that this was the best communications day. Ending it with Neal will make it memorable for a long time.
Neal recently facilitated a wonderful interactive and impactful session for 700 people at a University of York Conference for its professional and support staff. The energy in the room that he created was incredible and people are still talking about its impact today, 7 months later. If you are looking for someone to bring home to people in a very short space of time the impact of them working together, in a fun, interactive way, I could not recommend Neal highly enough.
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