Games to get to know People – Catch the Pillow #28On August 10, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During the exercise the team will sit on the opposite side of the room facing the trainer. Necessities for this exercise: one pillow. The trainer throws the pillow into the audience. One of the participants catches the pillow and stands up. The trainer asks three questions to the participants that caught the pillow. These questions have been prepared before the exercise. In this case: “What’s your name?” The participant that caught the pillow responds. “My name is Mark Anderson.” The trainer asks the second question. “What makes you happy in life?” Everything that is related to water sports makes me happy. During the summer I like to windsurf and waterski.” “Alright. And finally, what is your guilty pleasure?” My guilty pleasure is that I like to listen to Abba’s ‘dancing queen’ every day before going to bed.” After having answered the questions the participant throws the pillow to someone else in the group. The pillow is caught by a new participant. This person answers the same questions. The trainer can also question the participants answers or ask him to tell more about what he said. When someone says that he likes music it can be interesting to ask about what kind of music he likes. When most participants have answered the three prepared questions the next part of the exercise can start. The participants may now think of questions themselves. The trainer starts with throwing the pillow and throws it into the group. The trainer asks: “What is your favorite holiday destination?” The participant that caught the pillow answers: “My favourite holiday destination is Japan. Japan has beautiful city skylines and also has majestic mountain landscapes.” The participant that has answered the question throws the pillow to a new person and ask a new question that he comes up with in the moment. In this case: “What’s your favourite sport and why do you like it so much? The participant that caught the pillow answers: “My favourite sport is hockey. I like to play hockey because it’s a team sport and when it’s winter I can play indoor hockey inside.” This participant throws the pillow to someone new in the group and asks a new question. This part of the exercise continues until everyone has asked at least one question. In the last part of the exercise more serious topics will be discussed. The trainer throws the pillow into the group again and asks: What would you like to improve on the teamwork within the group?” The one who caught the pillow may come up with a suggestion. In this case the participants says: I believe we have a good group atmosphere. However, I do think we could focus a bit better at times.” ” Now this person throws the pillow into the group to another participant. The participant that catches the pillow may respond to the suggestion previously given and may also add something to the suggestion. In this case the participant says: I agree with Michelle. Despite all the fun we’re having it would definitely be a step in the right direction if we learn how to improve our focus. In addition to that I think it would be a lot of fun if we organize a team building session some time. This participant throws the pillow in the group again. Continue throwing the pillow and answering questions until everyone has made their comment about the given topic. When someone is talking it’s important that the rest of the group listens carefully. The trainer guides the team and applies variations to the exercise. What kind of variations you can read below this video on Youtube And haven’t you subscribed yet? Click on subscribe button to stay tuned for every Sunday a new team exercise on youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.