Team building activities are mainly aimed at improving the capacity of team members to work together as a team more efficiently and easily without conflicts. Such activities are arranged not only to have fun and enhance communication among participants, but also to help teams overcome their weaknesses or to enhance their skills. So, team building activities are to be chosen carefully considering many different factors such as age group of participants, education qualification, career background, exact purpose etc.
In this article, you will find some really cool games that will help you to break the ice in the room and make some connections in a short time.
Action based introduction
Each and every member should get to know each other deeply with an apt activity. Make a standing circle of team members and ask them one by one to come inside the circle and say an action and their name so that the action and name start with the same letter. For example, Sandra can say “Staring Sandra” and John can say “Jumping John”. After this, he needs to introduce himself. The entire group needs to repeat the names of already introduced members, whenever a new person introduces himself. So, if there are 30 members in the group, one name would be heard 30 times which will help make everyone familiar with each others names.
Improve verbal communication
Participants need to form a line in the order of their birthday. They should be allowed to ask the birthdays of only two members. But, they can discuss how they should go about organizing the line before actually starting the activity. They need to have great communication and planning skills in order to form the line successfully, so that youngest person comes first and the oldest person comes last. This activity will help them get to know each other better, as well as open lines of effective communication.
Improve non-verbal communication
Plan for games such as dumb charades. Form two different teams with an equal number of participants. Write down the names of movies on several pieces of paper and put them in a box. Let the members of each team come forward, one at a time, take a paper and make his team members understand the movie name just by using actions. The team that guesses more movie names correctly wins the game. This is really good for improving non-verbal communication and building team spirit.
Overcome stage fright
Write down different topics on pieces of paper. Keep them simple and interesting. Let each person come forward and speak on the topic he chooses for just one minute. This will help members overcome stage fright and feel more comfortable with public speaking.
Find the person
This could be planned as an ending activity. All participants should write down their name on a paper and put it in a box. Make a sitting circle and one person should take a name from the box and come inside the circle. He should describe the person whose name he got, without saying the name. Others should try to find out the person just by hearing the description until one person correctly identifies the name. This can be repeated until all are found out. The person in the circle should take another name if he picks his own name. This will help members hear what others have to say about them in a light-hearted manner.
Featured image: Team Spirit by Steffen Ramsaier
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