Team building events are not restricted to outdoor activities, and there are many indoor options for team building. In this article, we will be looking at some team building ideas that can be done indoors.
An excellent tool for stress release, Drumming create’s group bonding, team building and synchronizing of thought processes in the Business environment. In Africa drumming has always been the most basic group activity for communication. For centuries people have used drumming to release stress, lift their spirits, improve clarity and focus, and develop co-operation and community bonds. Group drumming is a non-competitive activity where each person, regardless of age, sex, race or class within the company has an equal role to play. Drumming events help to overcome barriers of race, language, gender and hierarchy. Drumming helps create synergy within a team, and the non-competitive nature of the event creates group awareness and highlights group communication.
Movie making is a fun and interactive team building activity suitable for everyone regardless of their age, level of fitness or physical abilities. In this event participants are usually divided into teams, with the members of the teams having to work together to write a script, produce, direct and act in the “Movie” using limited resources. Participants are encouraged to tap into their creative and practical abilities as they begin to make their movie. This event is not only an excellent team building tool, but also provides excellent entertainment when the movies are viewed at the end of the day and rewards given.
In the Scrabble Matics team building activity, each player becomes a letter and as such must find other letters in the room to make up a word. In this frantic and fast paced event, every letter must be used, illustrating the importance of inclusion. The aim of the game is to network with other participants and join forces with as many people as possible in order to score the most points whilst completing the group target. This fast paced team building game will allow your team to network whilst strategizing. Teams mix and mingle before forming alliances in order to get the highest word score, but with a group task of using every letter will the teams compete or collaborate?
Participants are divided into teams, and each team is given an separate canvas on which to work. At the end of the Art Workshop, all the canvasses are combined to create one piece of art. Large groups can participate in this activity as the size of a group is only limited to the number of canvasses.
Each team works on their section of the painting; believing that the object of the event is to produce the best work of art on their canvas which they are working on. While the teams are working on their canvas, they have no idea what the other teams are doing and that they are, in fact, working on a single goal and not competing against each other. The result is a combination of art works each having its own unique style, but creating one new original work of art.
This fun team building activity is a rewarding challenge for participants and promotes unity within a group. The power of teamwork and effective communication is illustrated in this activity. The activity ends on a motivating high as the participants are impressed by what the group managed to achieve through the individual efforts of each team.
Minute to Win It
This activity is based upon the television program of the same name, where participants need to complete various activities within a one minute period. The difficulty of the Minute to Win It games increase as the activity progresses. If time expires or conditions of the game cannot be fulfilled, the team loses a life. If the team loses all three of their lives, the game ends, and the team’s winnings drop to the last milestone they passed. The teams need to decide which of their members are going to participate on what level of difficulty. A careful strategy needs to be adopted.
In the Murder Mystery activity, guests arrive for dinner looking like their character role. The fun begins as each person tries to prove their innocence by proving someone else at their table guilty. The murder plot is played out over a meal (from simple snacks to five course gourmet meals). A “murder” is announced, and this becomes an excuse for the guests to enter a period, during which they tend to reveal the biggest collection of fabrications, deceit and cover-ups imaginable.
Karaoke is a form of entertainment in which singers sing along with recorded music using a microphone and public address system. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen. Karaoke is an extremely fun team building activity, laugh at your fellow workers as they try and sing like their favourite pop stars and show them how it is done when it is your turn to sing.
Boomwhackers are hollow, plastic, musical tubes, which are struck with the hand or struck against each other to make melodious sounds. Each colour of boomwhacker has a distinct tone to create an instant orchestra when used in a group. Boomwhacking is ideally suited to audience participation and may be used in large numbers. Participants all play together, following a leader’s directions from the stage.
Motivational speaking is excellent for guiding, assisting and empowering your team to become the best they can be. Motivational speaking works effectively with clients who are ready and want their team to change, grow take the next step up in their business, and ultimately want their team to operate at its full potential. It also stimulates individuality within the team, which allows employees to decide for themselves the best approach in solving their problems, how to interact with their managers, colleagues and customers, as well as how to work independently or in teams, and ultimately how to proceed in their personal development.