Games for Teambuilding – Selling Each Other #30On August 10, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During the exercise the team will form a circle. The trainer will group up the team in pairs of two. The pairs will spread throughout the room. The duos will decide who will be person A and who will be person B. Person A now asks person B about everything that’s positive about him and remembers what is being said. For example: “What sports are you good at?” What is your best character trait” or “what is the nicest thing someone has ever said to you?” After five minutes person B will ask similar positive questions to person A. After the duo’s have exchanged their positive traits with each other they will form an audience at the back of the room. The trainer asks which pair would like to present themselves first. This duo will stand in front of the audience. If no one volunteers the trainer chooses a duo. Person A presents person B as enthusiastically as he can as if it were a commercial about that person. During the presentation person B remains silent and calmly looks at the audience. Even when person A says something incorrectly about him, he will remain silent. Ofcourse person A presents as accurate as he can. In this case person A says: “This is my colleague Bruce. Bruce is one in a million! Bruce likes to exercise, has a beautiful wife and two lovely children. He is a fantastic father with many great friends who can always count on him. Bruce never shows up late for work and he always finishes what he starts. Without Bruce the world wouldn’t be as good!” After the pitch the rest of the team may ask positive questions to learn more about Bruce’s positive traits. For example: “What makes Bruce such a great father?” Person A answers the question with the same enthusiasm as he had during the presentation. Bruce is such a good father because he takes his kids out twice a week to cycle in the forest! In addition to bonding with his kids he also keeps himself in good shape!” Now the roles switch and person B will now pitch person A. After the presentation the audience may ask questions again which person B will answer with the same positive energy. Next, a new pair will stand in front of the audience and will do the same. Continue with this until everyone has given a presentation. As second part of the exercise each participant will present himself with the same text and enthusiasm as the other person just presented him. So everyone will give a positive pitch about himself. Because the person is copying what the other just said about him he doesn’t have to be afraid people will see him as arrogant. The trainer asks who would like to start. This candidate will start presenting himself. “My name is Peter. I’m a social guy and I am able to make small talk with almost everyone. I’m also a very driven person that tries to get the best out of himself as much as possible. People admire me for the fact that I read a lot of books and that I like to tell about them in an insteresting way. I’m also an excellent tennis player and I never brag about it. A nice mixture of traits that makes me a great person to be around!” The more convincing the participant is during the presentation, the better. Everyone will get a turn to give a presentation about himself. The group will form a circle and share how they experienced the exercise. Some may find it more comfortable to be presented by another person and just be quit in front of the audience while others would rather present themselves and talk when standing in the spotlight! The trainer guides the team and applies variations. What kind of variations you can read below this video on youtube. And haven’t you subscribed yet? Click on the subscribe button to stay tuned for a new video every sunday on youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.