Prepare 4 sets of 3 posters containing a large single word (see list below) and place them in 3 spots in the room with a cover sheet on top. Each flip chart will have one of the words from each set in the same order. Army, Navy, Air Force Beach, Mountain, City Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry Dog, Cat, Other Gather everyone […]Read More What Relates to You?
Open a meeting using a beach ball covered with 50 to 100 questions written in permanent ink. Have everyone stand in a circle and toss the ball to each other. When the ball is caught the question closest to the left thumb is the one to read aloud and answer. Note: White beach balls work best otherwise avoid […]Read More Big Ball O’Questions
A great exercise to demonstrate the effectiveness of working on one thing at a time. Support the idea of working through a prioritized list by taking each item to completion before pulling in the next piece of work. Multitasking is EvilRead More Multitasking is Evil
A high energy variation on Rock, Paper, Scissors. The link takes you to a student game page but this is awesome for the workplace too. Ro Sham Bo RockstarRead More Ro Sham Bo Rockstar
One of my favorites! Played in a circle (minimum 9). You start in the middle to explain and begin the game. The goal is to get somebody to take your place. The game is played in rounds with an explanation of the rules before starting a new round. I usually timebox this game to 10-15 […]Read More Bibbity-Bobbity-Bop
Participants form a circle around an object on the ground identified as the sun. Ask participants to move closer to or further from the sun dependent upon the accuracy of each statement. I live in [blank] County. I was born in [blank] State. I like my job. This is the best job I ever had. […]Read More Closer to the Sun
Use their images to start conversations. Watch team formation surface in powerful ways. Highly recommend this for every facilitators toolkit. Thanks to Sylvia Taylor for introducing me. VisualsSpeakRead More VisualsSpeak
Unashamedly stolen from a session at Agile 2011. Great fun. Prepare to be amazed at the creativity and talent within your group. Breakup Letter Love LetterRead More Breakup or Love Letters
Where have you been and what have you done since we last saw you? A simple question which is great when building a new team. I have seen it used to great effect at the beginning of day two in a four day workshop. Team members from out of town and those more local get […]Read More Where have I been?
Deceptively simple but powerful exercise for learning how to work together and communicate in small to medium sized groups. Helium StickRead More Helium Stick