Communication Based Team Building Activities

Colored Thinking Hats

The Six Thinking Hats technique of Edward de Bono is a model that can be used for exploring different perspectives towards a complex situation or challenge., encouraging creativity, change and listening to others.

Seeing things in various ways is often a good idea in strategy formation or complex decision-making processes. In this game, delegates are presented with a hypothetical situation to consider whilst in turn wearing one of six different colored hats. Each hat represents a different way of thinking or point of view.

  • This activity is recommended for middle or upper management.
  • Encourages creativity, change and listening to others.
  • This is an indoor team building activity.

 

Blindfold polygon

The group is blindfolded, and a rope is laid on the ground somewhere in their midst. They are instructed to move slowly and find the rope. They then have to work together to make a series of shapes in a given time limit, whilst being unable to see. This activity can be recorded on video for later analysis of communicating under pressure.

 

Cocktail Making Workshop

Why not combine your team building event with a cocktail making workshop? Coaching, training and facilitating are all part of the modern leaders job description. What better way to understand and develop these skills than to take part in a fun and fascinating training session of your own, and then as a team show off your new found skills.

 

Sales Games - advanced selling and facilitative communications methodology.

These exercises are built on the following principles of facilitative sales.

  1. The seller's job is to help people understand what their systems require in order to change.
  2. Only a person working or living within a culture or system can understand it, that is, the seller can never truly understand the buyer's system because it is so complex and dynamic.
  3. People only make a change when they're sure they can manage the resulting chaos.
  4. A seller is uniquely positioned to help the buyer discover how to solve a problem within their system.
  5. Only the buyer, never the seller, is able to work their way through the decision within the system. However, the seller can help the buyer do this because the seller has the macro view.
  6. The buyer needs to recognise all the specifics of what a solution will entail within his or her unique environment.
  7. By matching the buyer's unique buying criteria, the seller is a true advisor and can be easily differentiated from the competition.
  8. The seller is uniquely positioned to be a brand ambassador for the supplier.

In these activities, groups are split into teams with various roles: buyer, seller and supplier. The aim is for the whole group, that is, all three roles or departments, to be successful. This is the point of facilitative sales. The sellers are only as successful as their clients, and the suppliers are only as successful as their buyers. Thus all three have to work together with the interests of the group as a whole, as well as making sales and therefore money. Teams can compete against each other if time allows, and roles can be changed within the groups to allow for changing dynamics and learning outcomes.

  1. This activity is recommended for sales staff.
  2. Encourages critical thinking and customer service skills.
  3. This is an indoor team building activity.

 

Sales Race

In this game, teams are given a limited amount of money, and a shopping list. Their task is to find the items on their list which takes them to many places, and then to bargain for the items. Because money and time is at a premium, it takes teamwork and negotiation skills to be successful. The game can be done with either supplied transport, or as an added challenge, using public transport which will further test team’s ability to plan, cooperate, communicate and bargain.

 

Snake

This is a blind fold activity with a difference. Only one member of the team wears the blind fold. The others stand still linked together by a rope. The blindfolded person must move a hoop along the rope listening for instructions from his colleagues. The hoop is not allowed to touch either the participants or the rope.