The Best Team Building Games – Circles #34On August 9, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
At the start of the exercise the trainer creates two circles in the center of the room. One large circle and a slightly smaller circle inside the larger circle. The team members will stand around the big circle. Now the trainer will explain what the circles mean and how they will be used for the exercise. Everything outside the circle stands for ‘panic’. The middle circle stands for ‘challenge’ and the center circle stands for ‘comfortable’. The trainer names a subject or activity. In this case: rock climbing. Now every participant chooses where he stands in the circle related to rock climbing. One participant really enjoys rock climbing and stands in the center circle comfortable. Some other participants are really afraid of heights and stand outside the circle in the outer panic zone. Participants that find rock climbing challenging stand in the middle “challenge” circle. Practice the exercise like this with some various other activities until you get the feeling the team has warmed up. When the team is well warmed up the trainer starts the next part of the exercise. In this part you ask the participants to elaborate on their zone of choice. The next subject is: bad news conversation. The participants will stand in the zone that describes their state concerning this activity the best. The trainer now asks why the participant choose to stand in a certain zone. One participant in the comfort zone explains: I don’t feel any unease when having these conversations. I also can get my point across without making too much of a fuzz about it. Another participant in the challenge circle says: I wouldn’t say I find it easy to do but it’s just necessary. And lastly a participant in the outer panic zone says: In the past one of these conversations really got out of hand. Since then I feel very uncomfortable having them. Ask every participants in the group to explain his choice and share his experiences. In the last part of the exercise the team will get insight into how to go from one circle to the other related to the given subject. What would make someone move from the panic zone to the challenge zone? Or what could add some extra challenge for someone that stands in the comfortable zone? Now the subject is public speaking. The participants proceed to take their places in the circle. A couple of participants get really tensed when they have to speak in front of a crowd and stand in the panic zone. First the trainer starts a dialogue. The trainer asks one of the participants why he stands in the panic zone. I’ve always felt tensed when speaking in public.I still get very anxious when I have to do it. Now the trainer asks the participant under which circumstances he would move from the panic zone to the challenge zone. He says: “If I prepare my story and speak in front of a group that I know I would feel less anxious. This participant may now move to the middle circle. Now ask a participant in the comfort zone under which circumstances he would move to the challenge zone. This participant explains: “I actually enjoy speaking in front of a group. But if there were people of high importance in the crowd it would be more challenging to do. This participant now moves to the challenge circle. Lastly, ask a participant in the challenge circle what would require him to move to the comfort circle. One participant says: I find public speaking quite thrilling but I always feel very accomplished when I’ve done it. I think doing it more often would make me more comfortable. This participant now moves to the inner circle. Have this dialogue with all the participants and let them switch zones. 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 team exercise each sunday on youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.