Fun and Interesting Facts About Karaoke

Fun and Interesting Facts About Karaoke

Karaoke originated in Japan, but it has become a popular activity throughout the world. The following are some interesting and fun facts about this popular past time.

  1. The word Karaoke actually means “Empty Orchestra” in Japanese.
  2. Karaoke was born in a Japanese town called Kobe when a band failed to show up for a gig in a bar. The innovative owner played some music and asked his customers to come up and sing.
  3. The most popular song requested at Karaoke Bars is “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.
  4. There are over 100 000 karaoke bars in China.
  5. The record for the longest karaoke performance by one person lasted 101 hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds.
  6. The largest worldwide karaoke consisted of 160 000 participants.
  7. Japanese businessmen often hire professional singers to coach them how to improve their performance so that they can impress their clients.
  8. There is Karaoke World Championship, which started in 2003.
  9. Many Karaoke Champions go on to secure record deals.
  10. The 4th week in April is national Karaoke week.
  11. Some karaoke machines in Japan not only rates the performance of the singer, but also tell the singer how many calories were burnt during their performance.

TBAE’s Karaoke Challenge team building activity is a great way for your team to get to know each other and bond together. The Karaoke Challenge always results in a lot of laughter as fellow team members try and outdo each other to show off their singing talents. The Karaoke Challenge is also an excellent activity for encouraging the more withdrawn and shy team members to step outside their comfort zones… click here for more information

Team Building Quotes About Laughter

Team Building Quotes About Laughter

Laughter is an important part of building a team. Being able to laugh, play and have fun together makes being part of a team more enjoyable and helps the team to solve problems, connect with each other and be more creative. Playing with a problem can often lead to a creative learning opportunity. Make laughter, humor and play a prominent part of your team and creativity will thrive in your team.

Related: Laughter Games Team Building Activities

Laughter is also a powerful way to combat stress and conflict. Humor lightens burdens, connects you to others and inspires hope. It is an excellent resource for surmounting problems and enhancing relationships within a team. Laughter relaxes the body, boosts the immune system, releases feel good chemicals and even keeps your heart healthier.

We have put together the following quotes about the team building benefits of laughter.

“Laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy.” — John Cleese

“A good laugh is a mighty good thing, a rather too scarce a good thing.”
— Herman Melville

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”
— Mark Twain

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”
— Lord Byron

“An optimist laughs to forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh.”
— Tom Nansbury

“As soap is to the body, so laughter is to the soul.”
— A Jewish Proverb

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.”
— Jean Houston

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”
— Dr. Seuss

“He who laughs, lasts!”
— Mary Pettibone Poole

“I have always felt that laughter in the face of reality is probably the finest sound there is and will last until the day when the game is called on account of darkness. In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can.”
— Linda Ellerbee

“If Laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely DISSOLVE your problems; so that you can think clearly what to do about them”
– Dr. Madan Kataria

“If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.”
— Edgar Watson Howe

“If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know the man, don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, or seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you’ll get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man…All I claim to know is that laughter is the most reliable gauge of human nature.”
— Feodor Dostoyevsky

“If you would not be laughed at, be the first to laugh at yourself.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips.”
— Fred Allen

“Laugh my friend, for laughter ignites a fire within the pit of your belly and awakens your being.”
—Stella & Blake

Laughter has no foreign accent. — Paul Lowney

 

 

How Your Team Can Avoid Office Politics

How Your Team Can Avoid Office Politics

Getting involved in office politics can seriously harm the success of your team. The work environment often draws team members into behaviour that will ultimately damage peer-to-peer relationships. The following are some guidelines for your team to follow in order to avoid getting involved in office politics.

Avoid Gossip

There is no upside to gossip. Not only does it diminish the person saying unkind things, but it also diminished those listening to what is being said. Encourage your team to not only avoid gossiping about others, but also to avoid listening to gossip. Remind them that whoever gossips to you will also gossip about you.

Stay Away From Petty Arguments

In most organizations you will find past grudges, ongoing feuds and petty arguments. Your team must avoid getting sucked into them even if they think they can solve them. It is a sign of maturity to know when something is petty and when it is not. Your team must know when to jump in and when to sit back and listen.

Stand Up For What is Right, Not Just What is Popular

Wise people often sit back and listen, but do not hesitate to stand up for what is right even if it is unpopular. Teach your team that it is time to stand up for what is right when someone is being treated in a way that they themselves would not want to be treated.

Look At All Sides Of an Issue

There is great value for your team members in seeing issues from as many sides as possible. It always pays for your team to avoid being dogmatic in their thinking.

Don’t Protect Your Turf

Politics is often about power. People who want to win at all costs, fight and scrap to keep everything that belongs to them. Your team members should look at what is best for the team and not only best for themselves. If they have to give up some space to help the team, then they must be encouraged to do that. What matters the most is the team.

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

To develop trust with others, your team must be credible and consistent. Trust is only achieved when what you say, what you do and what you say you do all match up.

Develop Each Team Member as an Individual

Develop Each Team Member as an Individual

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

When you develop your team members, they become better at what they do and that benefits both you and the organization. There is a difference between equipping team members and developing team members. When you equip someone you are teaching them how to do a task or perform a duty. When you develop someone you help them improve as an individual. You help them acquire personal qualities that will benefit them in many areas of life.

Development is Long Term

Equipping a team member is usually quick and straightforward, whereas development of a team members always takes time because it requires change on the part of the individual being developed. The development of your team members is an ongoing process and you should have a plan in place which includes consistent, regularly scheduled activities. These activities geared towards developing your team members can include books, teaching lessons, conferences, soft skills courses and seminars. As team leader you also need to keep growing yourself because you cannot give that which you do not have.

Discover Each Team Member’s Dreams and Desires

Equipping is based on what the team needs, while developing is based on what the team member needs individually in order to become a better person. To develop your team members you need to know their dreams and desires. Also keep in mind that team leaders are learning, growing and pursuing their own dreams, they are more likely to help others pursue their own dreams.

Lead Each Member of Your Team Differently

Do not attempt to lead everyone in your team the same way, everyone does not respond to the same kind of leadership. Be consistent in treating everyone with kindness and respect, but do not use the same strategy and methods for everyone. Take responsibility for conforming your leadership style to what the individual members of your team need, not expecting them to adapt to you.

Help Your Team Members to Know Them Selves

You cannot be realistic about your potential until you are realistic about your position. You need to know where you are before you can figure out how to get to someplace else. One of the first steps of developing your team members is to help them define the reality of who they are currently. You need to help them to recognize their strengths and weaknesses so you can develop them in those areas.

Do Not Shy Away From Conflict

Development usually involves hard lessons. True growth comes when we have positive responses to negative experiences. As a team leader you need to get passed the discomfort of having difficult conversations for the sake of your team. People will work through difficulties if they believe you are willing to work with them.

Celebrate the Right Wins

Leaders that develop their team members help them get wins under their belt. Strategic wins are always of the greatest value to the individual. Target wins based on where you want the team member to grow and how you want them to grow. It is always an extra incentive for a person to go after things that will help them improve as an individual. Celebrating a wrong activity that somehow got the right result is setting up the team member for failure. Evaluate what looks like a win to make sure it is actually teaching the team member what they need to learn in order to grow.

Prepare Your Team Members for Leadership

No development process is complete without the inclusion of leadership development. The better your team members are at leading, the greater impact they will have on the organization. Take your team members through processes that gets them ready to step in and lead.

10 Effective Steps to Build Your Team

10 Effective Steps to Build Your Team

The following are ten effective steps that you can focus on daily to build your team and get the best out of each team member.

Place a High Value on Your Team Members
If you want to get the best out of your team, you have to value each member of your team. If you focus on the individuals in your team, you will win your team over and establish the team vision. Make sure you do not take all the credit for the successes of the team, but always give the credit to the team.

Commit Resources to Developing Your Team Members
To facilitate growth in your team you need resources. People are only your most appreciable asset if you develop them. Whatever the cost will be for developing people will not be as high as the cost for not developing people.

Place High Value on Leadership
All good leaders recognize the importance of leadership and place a high value on it. If you value leadership, leaders will emerge to add value to your team.

Look for Potential Leaders
Leaders who value leadership are continually on the lookout for potential leaders. The following are some qualities in a team member that could make them a potential leader.

  • They make things happen.
  • They See opportunities.
  • They influence opinions and actions of others.
  • They add value to the team.
  • They draw winners to themselves.
  • They provide ideas.
  • They have an uncommonly great attitude.
  • They live up to their commitments.
  • They show fierce loyalty to the team and team leader.

Know and Respect Your Team
As you build your team, you will get to know the team members better as individuals. The following are some points to keep in mind in the development process:

  • People want to see results.
  • People want to be effective.
  • People want to be in the picture.
  • People want to be appreciated.
  • People want to be part of the celebration.

Try to tailor the development process for each individual team member as much as possible.

Provide Potential Leaders With Leadership Experience
Potential leaders cannot learn leadership without actually leading. There needs to be a shift from merely delegating tasks to delegating leadership functions with authority and accountability.

Reward Initiative
Initiative is an important part of leadership. Leaders are proactive and they make things happen. Reward initiative shown in your team.

Provide a Safe Environment Where Team Members Ask Questions, Share Ideas and Take Risks
Secure leaders do not take it personally when they are asked questions by their team members. They are not threatened when they share ideas. Give your team members room to succeed or fail.

Grow With Your Team
When a team sees their leader growing it changes the culture in the team and removes the barriers between the leader and the rest of the team. It also makes the leader more accessible and sends a clear message that growth is a priority.

Draw People With Higher Potential Into Your Inner Circle
The best way to develop high caliber leaders is to have them mentored by high caliber leaders. Handpick people with the best potential and invite them into your inner circle and mentor them. Give your best to your best people.

Team Building Quotes From Richard Branson

Team Building Quotes From Richard Branson

Richard Branson is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is the founder of the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. In 1972 he opened a chain of record stores called Virgin Records and which was later known Virgin Megastores. During the 1980’s Branson set up Virgin Atlantic airline and expanded the Virgin Records music label. In March of 2000 he was knighted for “services to entrepeneurship” and has become one of the most prominent figures in British culture for his work in retail, music and transport, his taste for adventure, and for his humanitarian work. In 2002, Richard Branson was named  in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Richard Branson, which you can use to motivate and build your team.

“Fun is one of the most important – and underrated – ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else.”
– Richard Branson

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”
– Richard Branson

“There’s an inherent danger in letting people think that they have perfected something. When they believe they’ve ‘nailed it,’ most people tend to sit back and rest on their laurels while countless others will be labouring furiously to better their work!”
– Richard Branson

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
– Richard Branson

“If you want to be more productive, then start at the start: get there on time. Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, it’s important to ensure you are there when you say you will be there. This may feel like an old-fashioned tip to give, but it has served me well for five decades in business.”
– Richard Branson

“To me, business isn’t about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.”
– Richard Branson

“From a young age, I learned to focus on the things I was good at and delegate to others what I was not good at. That’s how Virgin is run. Fantastic people throughout the Virgin Group run our businesses, allowing me to think creatively and strategically.”
– Richard Branson

“My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.”
– Richard Branson

“A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren’t proud of what you’re doing, why should anybody else be?”
– Richard Branson

“An exceptional company is the one that gets all the little details right. And the people out on the front line, they know when things are not going right, and they know when things need to be improved. And if you listen to them, you can soon improve all those niggly things which turns an average company into an exceptional company.”
– Richard Branson

“And you know, I’ve had great fun turning quite a lot of different industries on their head and making sure those industries will never be the same again, because Virgin went in and took them on.”
– Richard Branson

“Treat failure as a lesson on how not to approach achieving a goal, and then use that learning to improve your chances of success when you try again. Failure is only the end if you decide to stop.”
– Richard Branson

“My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.”
– Richard Branson

“I’m not the sort of person who gives up on things. The first time we crossed the Atlantic in the balloon, it crashed, and we went on and did the Pacific. First time we crossed the Atlantic in a boat, it sank, and we went on and got the record. So, generally speaking, we will pick ourselves up, brush ourselves down, and carry on.”
– Richard Branson

“All you have in business is your reputation – so it’s very important that you keep your word.”
– Richard Branson

“For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.”
– Richard Branson

“A good leader doesn’t get stuck behind a desk.”
– Richard Branson

“Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line.”
– Richard Branson

“There’s no point in starting a business unless you’re going to make a dramatic difference to other people’s lives. So if you’ve got an idea that’s gonna make a big difference to other people’s lives, then just get on and do it.”
– Richard Branson

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
– Richard Branson

21 Benefits of Team Building Activities

Benefits of Team Building Activities

You have seen the team building events of other companies and know that your team will benefit from team building exercises, but management is not convinced that it is a worthwhile investment. We have put together a list of benefits that your team will gain from team building activities to help you state your case to management.

  • Team building activities will improve the morale of the team.
  • You can use team building activities to identify any barriers to creativity within the team.
  • Certain team building exercises can be used to teach your team how to clearly define objectives and goals.
  • Team building events help your team improve processes and procedures in the workplace.
  • Team building activities encourage communication within the team.
  • Taking part in team building activities helps the team members to identify and develop team roles.
  • Team building activities often lead to organizational productivity.
  • Team building exercises are an effective way of identifying strengths and weaknesses in a team.
  • Improve your team’s problem solving skills with problem solving team building exercises.
  • Team building is a non threatening, fun and participative way to break down any existing barriers in the team.
  • You can use team building activities to identify leadership qualities in your team members.
  • Outcome based team building activities help address specific areas of weakness in a team such as communication or team work.
  • Specialized team building activities such as Art Workshops highlights the unity that can exist in diversity.
  • Team building exercises can be used to develop specific skills that are required in the team.
  • Team building events bring teams together and help the members to get to know each other better which leads to better relationships within the team.
  • Team building events promote professional business relationships.
  • Participating together in team building activities creates respect for different personalities and cultures in the team.
  • The team spirit developed during team building activities can be taken back to the office environment for implementation in the workplace.
  • If your team seems to be running low on motivation, team building activities can be a great way to get the motivation up again to finish that important project.
  • Creative outcome based team building activities will encourage a more creative approach to problem solving in your team.
  • You can use team building events to reward your team and give recognition to team members.

 

Team Building Quotes From Donald Trump

Team Building Quotes From Donald Trump

Donald Trump is an American businessman, television producer and newly elected President of the United States.  As a businessman, Trump has built office towers, hotels, casinos, golf courses and other branded facilities worldwide. He was elected as the 45th United States president in the 2016 election and is scheduled to take office on January 20, 2017. At 70 years old, he will be the oldest person to assume the presidency. As of 2016, he was listed by Forbes as the 324th wealthiest person in the world, and 113th in the United States.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Donald Trump, which you can use to motivate and build your team.

“My whole life is about winning. I don’t lose often. I almost never lose.”
– Donald Trump

“Sometimes you need conflict in order to come up with a solution. Through weakness, often times, you can’t make the right sort of settlement, so I’m aggressive, but I also get things done, and in the end, everybody likes me.”
– Donald Trump

“Without passion you don’t have energy, without energy you have nothing.”
– Donald Trump

“Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that’s more productive.”
– Donald Trump

“In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.”
– Donald Trump

“What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.”
– Donald Trump

“Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”
– Donald Trump

“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”
– Donald Trump

“If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead, make your work more pleasurable.”
– Donald Trump

“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”
– Donald Trump

“If you love what you do, if you love going to the office, if you really like it – not just say it, but really like it – it keeps you young and energised. I really love what I do.”
– Donald Trump

“It’s always good to be underestimated.”
– Donald Trump

“I have an attention span that’s as long as it has to be.”
– Donald Trump

“I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me.”
– Donald Trump

“I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That’s where the fun is.”
– Donald Trump

“Everything I do in life is framed through the view of a businessman. That’s my instinct. If I go into a pharmacy to buy shaving cream, then I’m going to look for the best deal on shaving cream.”
– Donald Trump

“I judge people based on their capability, honesty, and merit.”
– Donald Trump

“I always look at it that I work with my employees as opposed to them working for me.”
– Donald Trump

“I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.”
– Donald Trump

Why Reviewing is an Important Part of Team Building Activities

Reviewing the Team Building Activity

Reviewing is an important part of any team building activity or learning program. It is a point in the activity session where you can connect the dots, confirm the learning with the team and consolidate any information that they may have taken on board during the team building activity.

There can be many positive results from reviewing during a team building activity, including highlighting any learning points for the team to take on board for the remainder of the session and setting progressive goals for the team.

Reviewing Energizes the Team Building Activity

The more fun someone is having then the more they will learn from it. Reviews allow participants to holistically look back on the team building activity and offer a dynamic approach to learning – whereby learning can be made obvious through fun and stimulating methods.

Reviewing Enriches the Team Building Experience

Reviewing can encourage people to notice more about themselves, others and their surroundings. By team members, valuing their experiences more, they will increase in confidence and build a better rapport with others. By knowing a review is coming up, participants may also start anticipating the review and think about the team building activity and any other potential review material.

Reviewing Help Teams Make Sense of the Team Building Activity

Reviewing takes participants beyond their normal responses and helps make sense of their experiences. It may also introduce a fresh perspective, or provide the opportunity for team members to talk things through and be listened to. During the activity, participants may experience – fear, anxiety, exhaustion, peace, solitude, camaraderie, pain, anger, alienation, sadness, frustration and joy. Each team member may encounter a very different experience from each other or at different times during one activity or challenge. It is important that reviews can support these ranges.

Reviewing Helps the Team to Make Connections

Team building activity reviews help team members make the connections between the team building activity and everyday life (transfer of learning). It encourages them to think about the wider significance of the activity and by comparing experiences with others, they can reflect back in such a way to enhance the programme and what can be learned. It makes learning obvious and helps them understand the purpose of the session (especially in training specific to job role).

Reviewing Helps to Develop Learning Skills

Reviews enhances the team member’s ability to learn from individual or group experiences and therefore take more responsibility for own learning and development.

Reviewing Assists in Goal Setting

Sometimes it is important to set goals to help transfer or apply what has been learnt to future application, e.g. time management and how this can be applied to workplace schedules. The outcome of reviews may be goals for the task, session or the workplace. This can provide focus and a starting point for future reviews.

Ice Breaker Games For Team Building Events

Ice Breaker Games

Ice breakers serve as a vehicle for getting all the participants of the team building event to introduce themselves, break down barriers and nervousness and importantly provide a positive atmosphere.

The best time to use these ice breaker games is when the group first meets or the start of a team building session. By doing some of these simple tasks first, you help participants develop trust and a rapport with each other, which leads to a positive experience for them during the main activity.

Animal Name Game

Organize your group into a circle and select someone to start the game. The person selected begins by saying their name, and then an animal that begins with the same letter as the first letter in their name (e.g. David the Dingo). The person sitting next to them in a clockwise direction, then repeats the first person’s name and animal and then adds their own name and animal. This continues around the circle, with each person repeating everyone else’s name and animal before adding their own. The last person in the circle will find the game the most difficult, as they have to repeat the names and animals of the whole group. If someone messes up, the person who went before them has to repeat their turn and the game continues from there.

Animals

Write down the names of various animals that make a distinct noise (such as an elephant, monkey etc) on different slips of paper (ensure you do this at least twice for each animal). Give the slips out to your group and tell them that they have to find other people in the group that have the same animal without talking. Most participants will start making animal noises and/or gestures. This is a fun way to put people into teams for other activities, games or ice breakers.

Dots

Great for organizing smaller groups and works well with both adults and children. Fix a coloured dot onto the forehead of each participant. Get participants move around the room and try to find out what colour their dot is without talking. Once they know what colour their dot is, they must then find others with the same colour and that will be their group for the next activity. This is a great game for encouraging non-verbal communication. Don’t forget to give some thought to how you want to mix the groups.

Desert Island

Tell your group that they are going to be whisked off to a desert island in just 5 minutes. Each person is allowed to take three items with them. They need to write these three items onto a post‐it note and be prepared to place it on a flip chart (or wall) opposite their name. Hand out some post it notes and pens allow some time for participants to give thought to their 3 items. After 5 minutes ask for a group member to come forward and place their post-it onto the flip chart and explain to the rest of the group what they have chosen their items. Continue this until everyone has described their three items.

Fear in the Hat

Fear in a Hat is a good activity to run at the beginning of a team building event to understand how participants are feeling and promote unity as a team. Group members write their personal fears (anonymously) on sheets of paper, which is then collected in the hat and read out by the facilitator. Each person tries to describe their understanding of the person’s fear. This leads to a discussion about fears. As a trainer it is your job to eliminate those fears and put your learners at ease.

For Sale Advert

Each person has to write an advert for themselves as if they were going to be sold in the local paper. The variation of this ice breaker is for participants to write a for sale advert for someone else in the group.

Group Juggle

Stand in a large circle and throw one soft ball (or sponge, beanbag, rolled up socks, etc.) to another group member. They then catch it and throw to another person. Each time the thrower must shout out the catcher’s name. This continues until each group member has caught and thrown the ball just once. It should have ended back at the start point. Ask each group member to identify who threw them the ball and who they threw it to next. Test this out by throwing the ball in the same order until it arrives back at the start point. The next stage is to introduce more balls and see how many balls the group manage at the same time. You can also try reversing the throwing sequence to confuse the group – so start at the end and work your way to the start. Have one ball going forwards, whilst the other works backwards.

Group Story

Form a circle. One person starts to tell a story, they then pass the story on to the person next to them at any given time. All they have to do is include the words “and then” in the context of the story. The next person in line carries on the story from where it had been left.

Human Map

Describe an imaginary map of the appropriate area (national or local) and get your group to visualise it on the floor. Ask them to stand on the part of the map where they currently live (if you are meeting the group for the first time, also get them to state their name and a unique fact about themselves).

Interview and Introductions

Have the group pair up (if there is an odd number of people the leader can pair up with someone). Each person will take around three-four minutes interviewing their partner. At the end of the allotted time, everyone will introduce the person that they interviewed to the rest of the group.

Introduce Your Partner

In this game you must speak about the person seated to your left for 30 to 60 seconds. Anything you say must, as far as you, know be made up/false.

It’s Obvious

Say three things about the person on your left. First sentence starts with the words “It’s obvious …” (this sentence you state something that is obvious about them.) The second sentence starts “I notice …” (this sentence you state something less obvious). The third sentence starts “I think that you ….” (this sentence you guess what they will be like/something about them).

Jigsaw Groups

Give a jigsaw piece to each person. Ask them to walk around the room and find other people in the group with pieces of the jigsaw that go with theirs. Eventually group members join up and match up their pieces to make the picture, and they become a team for the next activity or challenge. Remember to try and link this to your event workshop objective or a particular theme. You can also use printed pictures, split into smaller pieces.

Name Game

Form a circle. The first person to go will state a word that describes themselves that starts with the first letter of their name followed by their first name, for example: Giant George or Footie Fred. The next person in the circle has to repeat the first person’s name and follow up with their own. Continue around the circle, with the next person repeating the previous names and adding their own. If someone messes up, the previous person that went has to repeat their turn and the game continues from there.

Picture Yourself

Hand out some coloured paper and coloured pens to each person. Ask group members to paint a picture that expresses who they are. Give them about 10 minutes and then pair them up with a partner – they must now explain their picture to each other. Next, gather everyone together and organise into a group circle. Group members will now take it in turns to introduce their partners to rest of the group using the picture they have just created.

Speak in Pairs

Get your group to partner up and sit them opposite each other. Once everyone is ready, pick a random subject. Each pair must then speak simultaneously for one minute and try to make what they are saying so interesting that their partner stops what they’re talking about and listens to them instead.

The Last Line

Split everyone up into groups and give them a silly sentence on a piece of paper. Tell the group that they have to make up a story, act it out, and have the story end with the sentence that you have given them.

Toilet Paper Game

Pass a roll of toilet paper around the room and tell the group to take as much as they want (or the amount of toilet paper they use in an average day). After they have taken at least one square of toilet paper, have them go around the room and share one fact about themselves for each square of toilet paper that they have taken.

Unique Fact

Each person writes a unique fact about themselves that is unknown to the rest of the group. The unique facts are collected, shuffled and handed out at random. The new owners of the fact, must then read out the fact to the rest of the group and the team must try to identify the owner.

Who’s Missing?

An easy to deliver game for groups of any age. Organise the group into an inward facing circle with their eyes closed or heads down. Next tap one of them on the shoulder and remove them from the circle. The first one to guess who is not there wins. Great as a quick game or an ice breaker when you are trying help groups learn each other’s names.