Trust Game – The Trust Fall #29On August 12, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
In this exercise the team will form pairs and spread through the room. One person from each pair stands at a short distance with his back faced towards the other person. The other person stands with one leg in front of the other with his arms stretched forward, The participant with his back facing the other will carefully lean backwards bringing himself purposely out of balance while the other person catches him and makes sure he won’t fall onto the ground. At first hand he will only lean back a very short distance. The purpose is to let yourself fall out of balance with your eyes closed. The person standing behind the person that falls catches the faller and will put him back up straight on his feet again. If the falling participants have difficulty doing this they may also let themselves fall with their eyes open. This may make the exercise a bit easier at first hand. When the participants feel more comfortable falling into someone else’s arms they may increase the distance a bit at which they are standing from each other. The catchers will take one small step back to increase the distance a bit. During the exercise it’s very important that all participants are very focused. Make sure to remind the participants of this often. Now the roles switch. The person that catched the faller will now be the one to lean back and let himself fall backwards. At start they will stand at a very short distance from each other. When both participants are confident they can increase the falling distance. Obviously always at a safe distance from which it is easy to catch the other person. During the falling rounds the participants can say to each other how they experience the exercise. And if the falling distance have to be increased or decreased. In the next part of the exercise the group will form a circle. Everyone in the circle will stand in the same way as they did in the first part of the exercise. One leg in front of the other with their arms stretched out in front of them. One participant will stand in the center of the circle with his eyes closed. The participant in the center may lean in any direction with his back kept straight. The participants that form the circle make sure he will be caught and will be put him back up straight on his feet. Like this the participant in the centre will be pushed in all different directions in the circle. The participant doing the exercise can choose if he want to have is eyes closed or open. Do this part of the exercise one minute for each participant in the group. Everyone will get a change to experience this part of the exercise this part of the exercise and to feel how the group catches him. After the exercise, the group will form a circle again and everyone shares their experiences. The group will find out how everyone experienced the exercise different. Some have an easy time falling backwards while others may require more comfort and trust. The trainer guides the exercise and applies variations. 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 a new team exercise each sunday on youtube.com/teamexercises. to improve cooperation and communication.