This little energizer will challenge the team to figure out different things about each other. The information can vary depending on the way you set it up.
To get people to interact with each other, and share information regarding themselves, strengthening the bond in the group.
No props are needed for this energizer.
No video is available for this energizer.
Setting it up:
Divide your group into teams of 6-8 people and ask them to arrange the order they’re standing in, after certain criteria. Call out “age” and have them arrange the line accordingly.
This game is a fun and works as an icebreaker. The idea is to divide the group into teams of 5-6 people, then have a prepared list of categories where each team have to line up in ascending order (example: age, shoe size, height etc.) This list can either be “light” such as the example just shown, or deeper and directly related to the contents of the seminar (example: Most outgoing. Most loud. Least competitive.)
Call out the category for all teams to hear, then have them work on the task and give notice (applauding, calling out, hands in the air, sitting down or similar) whenever they’re done. Depending on the number of teams you can award points for i.e. top 3 to finish. Remember that you’ll have to check if they’re actually correct, however. If not, deduct a point from them.
Continue until you’re done with the list and claim a winner.
Here’s a few ways to make it harder and perhaps more interesting. Try a category where no one can communicate verbally. Or a category where you can only use your feet, no other gestures.
If you make this into a game, you’ll state the rules as follows:
- Tell the teams to get in their lines (at first random as they don’t know which criteria to sort after yet)
- Inform them, that you’ll read the criteria to sort the line after, and when they have the correct solution, have them yell, cheer etc. to make you aware they finished.
- Tell them there’s points for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. 5, 3 and 1 point.
- Inform them how many rounds you’ll play.
Read the first criteria and notice who gets on what place. Note down the points.
Once you’ve done this with a couple of trivial criteria’s such as age or shoe size, you can turn this into a more relevant energizer for business use. You could warm up with something “unimportant” such as:
- Who’s been the longest in the company?
- Who gets to work the earliest?
- Makes the most calls to customers per day?
- Who has the shortest route to work?
But then you can take it to the next level and ask more relevant questions related to the session. Let’s say it’s a sales seminar:
- Who’s the biggest closer?
- Who has the best relationship with their customers?
- Who is most structured in their work with customers?
Once you start getting into something which is more personal, it requires a lot more of the teams. However, if you note down who are the biggest closers (and the least closing), you can afterwards have a talk about why that is? What is it they do that makes them successful? What can others learn from them and implement in their own sales strategies to raise their success rate?
Is there a connection between who is most structured and who is the biggest closer? If yes, what can the rest of the group learn from this? How can they implement it?
You could create new teams afterwards, for a session of reflection, where you challenge the groups to come up with ways to narrow the gap between whoever sells least and most.
The above was just an example in sales. If it was an IT seminar, you could ask, “Who has the most experience with X or Y?” and then talk about how they acquired this knowledge. Would it be important to share? How can we share it? Etc.
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