Warm Up Games – Contact #33On August 14, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
In this exercise the team will spread out through the room. Tell the team they may walk criss cross through the room and look at anyone that wears a visible blue piece of clothing. Next they may look at someone who wears a red piece of clothing. And lastly, everyone looks at someone that wears a pair of glasses. You can make them look at each other based on various other physical features. When the team is warmed up you can start the next part of the exercise. Now, instead of looking at each other based on a physical characteristic the team will shake each other’s hand. Everyone continues to walk. You tell the team they may shake someone’s hand of which they think is in a great mood today. After this the team continues to walk criss cross through the room again. Now everyone shakes hands with someone of which they think isn’t in such a great mood today. When the team is done shaking hands you may ask them if they have any suggestion for this part of the exercise. One participant shares his suggestion: “Shake hands with someone you’d like to get to know better.” If no one comes up with a suggestion you can point to someone who may give a suggestion. Now everyone shakes hands with someone they would like to get to know better. After this part the team shares how they have experienced the exercise so far. One participant shares his experience: “At start it felt a bit weird to look at each other and then shake hands. But surprisingly I got used to it quite quickly.” Another participant adds: “I especially enjoyed shaking hands with someone I’d like to get to know better.” After the experiences have been shared the next part of the exercise begins. In this part of the exercise the participants will give each other a high five based on a given suggestion. In this case the suggestion is: Give a high five as quickly as possible to someone that should stand up for himself more often.” Because the team has to high five someone as fast as they can they will automatically do this by their intuition without to much thinking. In this part of the exercise the team is free to come up with their own suggestions as well. One participant gives the suggestion: Give a high five to the hardest worker!” The team walks through the room and everyone gives a high five to the person from which they think its the hardest worker of the group. In the last part of the exercise the participants will give each other a hug based on a given subject. The first subject is: “Give someone a hug of which you think should treat himself a bit better.” In this part the trainer may switch the pace of the exercise as well. For some teams its better to let them hug someone as quickly as possible whereas with other teams you may want them to think their decision more through. Encourage the team to also start a dialogue with the one they chose to hug. This way the one that received the hug knows why he received it while the other participant can elaborate on his choice. In this example the participant tells the one he gave a hug: Despite your hard work you are still very critical about yourself. I think you do better than you realize sometimes.” Let everyone in the team have a dialogue based on the given subjects. In this part the team may also come up with their own suggestions for a subject. The team will form a circle and discusses the exercise. Did the participants find the exercise a bit awkward or did they enjoy it? Is it easier to give a hug impulsively or to hug someone after thinking some time about it? Let everyone share their experiences with the group. 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 subscribe button to stay tuned for a new team exercise each Sunday on youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.