Before Each Meeting, Try a Little Team Building

A little team building before your corporate meetings can go a long way!Big events are great for team building, and can really bring co-workers together through shared experience, cooperation, and communication. Events like these should take place at least once a year in order to have maximum effect.

But in order to maintain and build upon the team attitude developed during these events, you need to be promoting teamwork in your office on a regular basis.

There are several ways to do this without disrupting the day-to-day activities of your employees. Take advantage of these opportunities when they appear, and you can keep your office working together as a team all year long.

Pre-Meeting Activities

Why not take a few minutes before a team meeting to enhance your team building? Each time you meet as a group, spend 10 minutes at the beginning of the meeting doing some activities that build upon the teamwork mindset that you have (hopefully) worked so hard to develop.

Game #1 – Two Truths and a Lie

This game is simple, requires no materials, and takes 3 days to complete. Ok, only two of those things are true.

This is the idea behind Two Truths and a Lie. Each person tells the group three things about themselves, two of which are true and one of which is a lie.

The group then guesses which things are true and which are lies.

This game helps team members get to know each other and acts as an icebreaker before meetings.

Game #2 – Show and Tell

Show and Tell is just like it sounds – the classic childhood school activity. Pick one member before each meeting to bring something in to show to the group, or they can choose to present on a topic.

This person then gives a short (5 minute) presentation about the item or topic.

It’s that easy. This game develops communication skills and allows team members to practice giving presentations in a friendly atmosphere where the stakes aren’t as high.

Game #3 – Blind Drawing

For this game, you’ll need paper and pens. First, divide the team into groups of two. Try to have people team up with someone they don’t know well.

Have group members sit back to back, and give one member of each group an image. That member has to tell the other member what to draw without saying what the image is. After a designated time, the groups compare drawings to see how well they all did.

This activity develops communication skills for team members.

Game #4 – Sneak a Peek

Sneak a Peek is a fun game that requires a few dozen children’s building blocks. The leader will build a small sculpture out of the blocks, hidden from the group.

Each team should be given enough blocks to replicate the design.

One member of each team is allowed to see the sculpture for 10 seconds before returning to the group. They will then have to explain to the group how to replicate the sculpture.

After a minute, another member from each group is given 10 seconds to see the sculpture. Then they try and explain how to copy the design for a minute.

This goes on until one group creates an exact match of the original sculpture.

This game teaches problem solving and communication skills.

Game #5 – Icebreaker Questions

This game is simple. The group leader should go around the group and ask everyone a question from the list. Depending on the number of people and available time, you might be able to ask each person several questions.

If you do ask multiple questions, make sure everyone gets a turn. Ask one question of everyone, and then start again at the beginning if there is more time.

This game helps team members get to know each other and can act as an icebreaker before a meeting.

Questions

  • If you could have an endless supply of any food, what food would you choose?
  • If you could be an animal, which animal would you choose and why?
  • Name one goal you would like to accomplish in your life?
  • Who is your favorite superhero and why?
  • Who is your real-life superhero and why?
  • What’s your favorite summertime activity?
  • If they made a movie about you, what would the movie be about and what actor would you want to play you?
  • If you were an ice cream flavor, what flavor would you be and why?
  • Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
  • If you could go anywhere on Earth, where would you go and why?
  • What is your dream job (other than this one)?
  • Are you a morning person or an evening person?
  • What is your favorite hobby?
  • What are your pet peeves?
  • What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?
  • Name your favorite things about a family member?
  • Tell everyone about a quirky habit of yours?
  • Describe yourself in three words?
  • If someone made a movie off your life, would it be a drama, a comedy,  a romance, an action film, or science fiction?
  • If you could be anyone else, who would it be?

Conclusion

Remember: teamwork makes the dream work!These team building icebreakers and events can help incorporate team building into your company culture, reinforcing teamwork on a regular basis by helping employees get to know each other, building confidence, and creating a sense of togetherness.

These simple things can really make a difference in team spirit, productivity, and ultimately in your company’s bottom line.