Three fun, fast, informal team building ice breakers anyone can commit to memory. Speed-dating is a fun and efficient way for a group of people to rapidly interact with each other. The informal, and perhaps even absurd, nature of the speed-dating environment, combined with the time pressure of the ticking clock helps remove the professional barriers. This gives them the opportunity to bond on a more personal level. Adapting the model to your advantage Teams are like a fluid, they are constantly changing and adapting to the environment around them.
The three games suggested below require minimal set up, are easy to communicate and most of all are lighthearted and fun. Practice them through in your head so you have them ready to call upon at short notice…just remember: Who would you…and why? Different colleagues will definitely know some people better thank others. This is a nice way to introduce colleagues in a positive light as this game ensures participants will naturally choose peoples positive attributes.
The pair have 1 minute 30 seconds each to pose each other 1 question based on the following format: Questions can be varied and creative. At the end of the round change partners and repeat for as much time as you have. Which is the lie? Learn something unexpected about your colleague.
Use the speed dating format, one at a time each pair has half the time to read out their statements and be questioned by their partner who is trying identify the true fact. Run the segment for 2 minutes, let them know to swap over after 1 minute. The repeated interview format then moves that into long term memory.
People need to pay special attention to the information about the people whose name they have drawn from the hat. This is nicely round of the activity. Summary Informal ice breakers like this are quick, easy, fun and simple to remember. What is more, you will at least partially achieve your goal of getting people interacting in a positive way with each other in a limited space of time under 20 minutes. If this blog makes sense to you, imagine what you could achieve with more complex team building exercises, more time and a professional team building group leader.
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