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Communication Outcome Based Team Building Activities
As we are all aware, communication is a big part of our daily life. Whether it be in the workplace, at home, or socially, effective communication is an essential skill for everyone. Communication does not ‘just happen’, for effective communication to occur in a team there has to be an effective communication strategy in place. Communication does not begin with talking and convincing, but with hearing and understanding. It is also important for your team to understand that when it comes to communication it is essential to understand that people respond to the world as they see it.
The team building exercises under the Communication Outcome theme are selected to help achieve the specific objective of communication. Your facilitator will select the appropriate exercises from this list to match the venue and team on the day.
|All Adrift - Whilst on a sailing holiday, an accident causes the boat to set on fire, with just enough time to grab a few items at hand – the team have to decide which items are top priority. Working together, the team have to use their decision making skills to prioritize the ten items listed...
||Traffic Jam - Traffic Jam is a real, ‘brain buster’ that requires a lot thinking and communication. This challenge is very similar to a human chess game. The group is split in two, with both sides working together to complete the challenge. Cooperation and planning are essential to complete this task...
|Cane Tower - Your team are lost in a bamboo forest, the only real hope is to catch the attention of people in the nearest village before nightfall. To be seen from the village, articles of clothing must be hoisted to exactly 6 metres on two separate structures. Night is falling, there is limited time...
|Blind Retriever - In this fun and challenging blindfold activity, groups are split into smaller sub-teams and must compete against each other to try and retrieve an object. One person is blindfolded in each team and directed by a team mate to try and find the object before the other team do...
|Electric Fence - The aim of the challenge is for the entire team to cross from one side of the fence to the other without touching the fence line. There are two variations of this challenge a more basic version and the more advanced one, both are great for developing teamwork and trust...
|Blind Shapes - Teams are blindfolded and tasked with forming a number of geometric shapes defined by the facilitator. Participants have to put their hands in front of them and then place the length of rope in their hands.They are given a shape to create with the rope...
Hover Ball - With the Hover Ball team building exercise, the team is in a simulation in which they are required to transport a ‘radioactive bomb’ through a series of obstacles from the start point to the safe zone, using only the cradle provided. No-one can touch the ‘bomb’ and all the team members must pass through each obstacle....
|Blindfold Maze - Blindfolded participants are given a route by their partners, and then tasked with retracing their steps without any instruction to try and end up as close to the start point as possible...
|Lava Flow - Your team have come across a lava river, the only way to survive is to cross the river to safety. To complete the challenge, you will be provided with several platforms to use. If anyone steps on the hot lava, you will have to restart the challenge. Can you transport your whole team to safety and survive the lava flow?...
|Night Trail - Working as a team, blindfolded participants follow a rope and try to navigate their way round a series of obstacles. Trust, support, leadership and communication is essential for this challenge. Participants must follow the rope at all times. No overtaking is allowed, they have to stay in the same order unless instructed otherwise...
|Leaky Pipe - Team’s race against the clock to try and retrieve a ping pong ball placed at the bottom of a leaky pipe. To do this they are provided with a bucket of water and several cups. Teams are required to use good teamwork and problem solving skills to complete the challenge...
|Sheep and Shepherd - In smaller teams, blindfolded team members must be guided into a pen by the shepherd giving them verbal commands. The team that pens the most amount of sheep in the quickest time, wins the challenge...
|Marble Tube - Your team are on an archaeological expedition, you have been tasked with recovering precious marbles from an ancient burial chamber to a protected area. Using the tubing provided, you are required to transport these marbles from the start point through to the end of the course...
|Trust Walk - Working in pairs, blindfolded participants are led on a walk around the surrounding area or a course by their partners. This is great activity for focusing on communication skills and developing trust...
|Minefield - The team have come to a battlefield that has been laid with mines. One person at a time must attempt to cross the battlefield without stepping on a mine. Once a team member steps on a mine, they must return back to the start position and the next person must try to navigate their way across the minefield...
||All Aboard - Your team has been caught on a sinking ship and your team have managed to use the safety raft to travel to the nearest island. The Coast Guard has been notified of your situation and sent out a rescue ship. The area around the island is full of sharks and the tide is coming in quick, with the island shrinking with every minute that passes...
|Radio Play - Participants must work together in smaller teams to create and perform their own radio play – this means no acting is necessary. Once they have planned and prepared their play, they must then perform it in front of the other teams. Each member of the group must have a role in the performance, whether speaking or operating props...
|Hole Tarp - The objective of this challenge is for the team to work together to navigate a ball around a tarpaulin for as long as possible without the ball falling through a hole or off the tarp completely...
|Spiders Web - The aim of the challenge is for the whole team to travel through the web. At the moment, the web is blocking your path to safety. Be careful though, as the web is extremely poisonous and any time a team member touches the web, the challenge will be restarted...
|Photo Finish - The aim of the challenge is for the whole group to step across the line at exactly the same time. If one person is out of sync, then they must start over again. This activity involves planning, communication, timing and resilience...
|Magic Cane - Teams are given a magic cane (also known as helium stick) which they must lower to the ground, using just their index fingers. All participants must remain in contact with it at all times – what seems like a simple task, can become incredibly frustrating and funny for all involved...
Customize your team building event by adding a TBAE's Communication Strategies soft skills course to your team building activity.
Much has been said of the importance of communication, but communication does not “just happen”. For effective communication to occur in a team, there has to be an effective communication strategy in place. Goals and objectives, operational constraints and pertinent conditions in the environment have to be considered. Effective communication does not begin with talking and convincing but with hearing and understanding. When it comes to communication, it is essential to understand that people respond to the world as they see it.
Unless your message is both heard and understood by the audience you are trying to reach, the message is nothing but noise. Whether verbal or non-verbal, we are constantly communicating to and with others. Communication is important whether you are delivering a speech in the boardroom, listening to your partner or in the way you respond to your children. In the Communication Strategies Workshop, participants will learn about the different methods of communications and how to make the most of them.
The Communication Strategies Course will teach participants about communication barriers that they may encounter in their team including language barriers and cultural barriers. They will learn paraverbal communication skills such as the power of pitch, the truth about tone and the strength of speed. The important subject of non-verbal communication will also be covered including the Mehrabian Study, body language and the interpretation of gestures. Further topics covered in the course includes listening skills, asking good questions, appreciative inquiry, mastering the art of communication and advanced communication skills.
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