Team Building Exercises and Activities for Meetings
65 Highly Interactive and Dynamic Team Building Exercises and Activities for Meetings
How many team meetings have you been to that are just the same old thing — boring gatherings you can’t wait to leave! Here is an opportunity to make your next meeting, class, or team building event something dynamic and interesting.
My name is Greg Smith. I have been a professional speaker, consultant and trainer for over twenty years. In the hundreds of classes I have taught, I have learned one simple truth — people learn quicker if you make classes and meetings fun and interesting.
As a result, I have compiled my favorite team building exercises and techniques into a 77-page book. It is cram-packed with innovative ideas and exercises to make your meetings, classes, and workshops come alive and make you a HERO with your team.
65 Ice Breakers and Team Building Activities
- Make your classes and meetings interesting
- School team building activities
- Improve communication
- Foster creativity and innovation
- Build strong team building skills
- Enhance cohesiveness
- Recognize everyone’s unique talent and abilities
- Sharpen problem-solving skills
- Save yourself time!
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Included in this book is my favorite team building game called the “Terrorist Toxic Explosive Situation”. This is an easy to perform exercise for both adults or teens. The goal is to decontaminate a can of “toxic” popcorn that has been secretly placed in the room by “terrorists.” Your team has 30 minutes to design a plan of action, assemble tools and equipment, transfer the material into a “safe” container before the “toxic” substance explodes. This is a great game to identify the “planners, doers, and thinkers,” in your group. It also demonstrates the importance of having a good plan. It comes with instructions, a list of materials, and a debriefing questionnaire to help your team understand what went right and what went wrong. Expect a million laughs!
“Torpedo Weapons Loading Exercise” is another very popular activity. This is a timed exercise where individuals are placed on two teams to design and construct a device to safely catch a torpedo (egg) from an elevated tripod. The team must design, construct, and complete the mission in a specific time frame. We provide you the list of materials needed, the solution, and the instructions the team must follow to complete the task.
These are just two of the 64 team building activities and exercises you will get from the book. There are 7 different sections within this book. All the exercises are appropriate for any age group.
Section 1 – Quick and Easy Team Icebreakers
Twenty-seven different team building activities to help you keep team meetings and your teams energized including:
- A Great Day for Hats!
- Letters and Names
- This is Ridiculous!
- The Napkin Game
- Name that Person Ball
- Toss This Is Me!
- Introduce the Person Next To You
- Want Ads
- Toilet Paper Tango
- Truths or Consequences
- Secret Agent
- Role the Die
- Empty Chair
- Playing Card Introductions
- Personal Emblems
- Team Crests
Section 2 – Creative Brainstorming Icebreakers
- Dollar Exchange Idea
- A Bag Full of Money
- Story Boards
- The World’s Best Place to Work
- The Car
Section 3 – Communication Icebreakers
- The Paper Communication Exercise
- Can You Follow Directions?
- Balloon Game
Section 4. Problem Solving Icebreakers
Many different exercises to help people brainstorm and think creatively including:
- Reverse Brainstorming
- Gordon/Little Group Technique
- Consensus Mapping
- Nominal Group Technique
- Osborn’s Brainstorming
Section 5 – Team Building Icebreakers
Several stimulating exercises designed to get groups of people working together. Each exercise lasts 15-45 minutes.
- Crash in Piranha Valley
- Golf Ball in the Bag
- Space Mission to the Moon
- Torpedo Weapons Loading Exercise
- Scavenger Hunt
- Terrorist Toxic Explosive Situation – A fun and suspenseful situation where your team has 30 minutes to “decontaminate” a container of “explosive” popcorn. They can only use equipment you provide. (See picture on the right side of the page. MY ALL TIME FAVORITE!!
Section 6 – Team Building Case Studies
Five case studies to help your team sharpen their problem-solving and analytical skills. I have used Heartbreak Hotel to train people to identify leadership problems and customer service breakdowns.
- Heartbreak Hotel
- Can You Help Mary?
- Dictator or Delegator?
- BOHICA Airline Company
- What Good Managers Must Do
Section 7 – Funny Stories Icebreakers
Funny stories to use in your training programs you can read to your group that will keep them in stitches. Great openers or closers for speeches or training programs.
- The Art of Raising Pigs
- New Restroom Policy
- Guidelines for Casual Dress Days
This Great Ice Breaker Book Is a Fantastic Resource For:
- Business meetings
- Classroom energizers
- Corporate ice breakers
- Corporate team building activities
- Fun team building games
- Ice breakers for students
- Icebreakers for groups
- Icebreakers for training
- Group communication activities
- Group problem solving activity
- Group team building activity
- Ice breakers for parties
- Indoor team building activities
- Indoor team building games
- Leadership exercises
- Quick team building activities
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