move the room with energizers
Tools to inject energy into the process, get people moving, and have fun.
A simple exercise that complements exploratory, discursive, and creative workshops with insights and opinions from outside. Use this exercise when brainstorming ideas, developing a new product or service or creating a strategy or plan that will include others. Participants phone a co-worker and ask them questions relevant to the task. This quickly generates meaningful input from a range of “outside” perspectives. Often, participants will be surprised at how simple it was to solicit this input and how valuable it is to the process.
Explain to the group (or teams if they have split up to work on projects) that they will have the task to gather insights from people outside the room. These insights will contribute to the current process. Ask each person to think of a friend / colleague / contact who would likely be free and willing to talk in a few minutes.
This is also a useful tool for people to get immediate feedback from their colleagues. Simply replace the focus questions with feedback prompts.
Choose a “focus question” that will guide the participants in their call. This can be chosen by you or the group, and will vary depending on the purpose of the session. Examples of questions are:
If creating a strategy: What’s the biggest challenge in our industry today?
If developing a new product / service What annoys you about your daily commute? What apps do you use on a daily basis?
If evaluating organisational culture What’s not working well in our company today? What’s the best thing about working for our company?
Get the participants to phone their contact and ask the focus question/s. Give them a timeframe to work in: 10 minutes is usually enough.
Suggest that they briefly explain the exercise to their contact, and that they take notes throughout the call. If their contact is not available, ask them to think of another person to call.
When everyone has finished their calls bring them back as a whole group, or as project teams, to share their insights. If relevant, document the insights as they are shared.
The purpose of this simple exercise is to demonstrate three key principles useful for creativity and idea generation: quantity is a condition for quality; building on the ideas of others; the ideas we come up with are usually all the same. The format is simple, with small groups standing and drawing apples. At the end of the exercise the whole group reflects and draws out learnings and reflections.
IDOARRT is a simple tool to support you to lead an effective meeting or group process by setting out clear purpose, structure and goals at the very beginning. It aims to enable all participants to understand every aspect of the meeting or process, which creates the security of a common ground to start from. The acronym stands for Intention, Desired Outcome, Agenda, Rules, Roles and Responsibilities and Time.
A short activity to run early in a program, focused on sharing fears, anxieties and uncertainties related to the program theme. The purpose is to create openness within a group. The stinky fish is a metaphor for "that thing that you carry around but don’t like to talk about; but the longer you hide it, the stinkier it gets." By putting stinky fish (fears and anxieties) on the table, participants begin to relate to each other, become more comfortable sharing, and identify a clear area for development and learning.
A team-building activity in which a group is challenged to physically support one another in an endeavor to move from one end of a space to another. It requires working together creatively and strategically in order to solve a practical, physical problem. It tends to emphasize group communication, cooperation, leadership and membership, patience and problem-solving.
This workshop aims to help participants define, decide and achieve their goals. By supporting participants to envision where they want to be in a number of years on a holistic level, and defining the steps that will take them there, participants get a clearer picture of the action they need to take.
This exercise is useful for bringing groups together, to create interpersonal bonds, and to build trust. Participants stand opposite each other and have 30 seconds to give appreciative feedback to the other person. The group rotates until everyone has given feedback to everyone else. It is often used as part of wrap-up activities, to create an energized feeling to leave with.