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You know when go on a course and you have to play a silly game to bond. Anyone got any good ones?
And everyone else has to guess which one's BS.
In that case Risk.
the worst thing about going on training courses*
*the only exception being the courses where it seems they've chosen winalot as the caterer
That's what they're called!
Going home > lunch > breaks > icebreakers > group discussion > handouts > being talked at.
They can't force you to listen.
You look up because you think they've finished and they've actually just changed from slide 11 to slide 12 of 61.
Because it's based on the false premise that you can force a bunch of bored and/or apathetic adults to bare their souls by engineering a wee group game.
Instead you should engineer some genuinely harrowing scenario to make people bond through the shared experience of absolute terror and/or horror.
anyone been to dans le noir?
i had the "adventurous" menu option
i won't tell what it is
For many good reasons I decided against it (wasn't sure if any of the staff had night vision goggles)
I might be too tempted to just touch someone imappropriately
I ended up with a very mucky face
give them a blank white tshirt and some marker pens and tell them to design their "team" (football) shirt or something.
It worked for a bunch of 8 year olds anyway - might transfer to corporate dickheads.
Every other team drew some fancy shield type logo with a corner dedicated to Barbara who likes cooking and Max who went on a parachute jump last year and whatnot. We drew a dinosaur.
get very fucking emotional while playing 40k.
I did a round of training sessions at the Nationwide in the South East. My usual icebreaker was to ask each of the attendees to tell me name, branch, what they wanted out of the day, and an interesting fact about themselves.
At one particular session in Upminster I had more or less completed this with each of the delegates, all but one pretty but unassuming young Indian girl in her early 20s who’d been sitting quietly waiting her turn. After introducing herself she then proceeded with her interesting fact. ‘I have 6 piercings’ she began, ‘one in each ear, one in my tongue, one in my bellybutton, one in my left nipple… and one in my clit.’
For once, I was lost for words.
Is "I have an inflammatory bowel condition but have never shat myself as an adult" acceptable? What about "I once put a lift out of order with a fart"?
I'd use it
Using only A4 paper and sellotape. This was quite fun.
Make up a jingle for your department. This was not fun. I just rewrote the words to the Playdays theme. Largely instrumental, but nobody seemed to mind.
only with Spaghetti and Marshmallows. Works less badly than most icebreakers I've done.
cook two more potatoes than there are people playing. the two extra are hidden around the room. each person holds their own hot patato whilst looking for the two hidden potatoes. inside each patato is a note with a statement about their lives. the finishes with each person reading the statement in theor patato out loud and when you heat yours shout Hot Patatoes!
but that one from The Day Today where they have to line up and insult each other.
Reading this thread makes me thank my luck stars
you could download that heads up game. It's actually surprisingly good and has rescued me from wanting to kill some of my most dull family members around Christmas.
Where our little group of new starts had to stand up and tell each other about a time where we embarrassed ourselves. Sort of a break the ice thing. First chick went up and was talking about how she had a massive presentation to do for a room full of people and was nervous, bought herself a new expensive off white, suit for the occasion so she would feel more confident.
I spotted where she was going with this here and was stifling the laughter. As suspected she went on to say she had forgot she had her period and well.
I was gutting myself and silence descended in the rest of the room. We all agreed she won (although if I was being truthful I could have totally topped that) and skipped the rest.
I always suspected she'd made it up but she was a good egg and became one of my work chums so I never quizzed her on it.
a free topped biscuit and some live erotica
but I have a Speed Introduction/ Dating exercise I use with some of my students.
They all write a short, anonymous statement about themselves which they hand in. Then they spend 2 mins (or whatever) with each person in the room introducing themselves. After everyone has spoken to everyone else, you read the statements and people guess who wrote which one. There could be a prize.
I've got resources to support if you want to PM an email.
I think we might go for teenage pictures and they have to guess who it is. Initially went for baby photos but one of the group emailed me to say he comes from a broken home and him and his mum had to escape his abusive father and leave all their stuff behind and he doesn't think he's got any :(
Lotus! It's lotus! Is it lotus position? It's lotus!
Also has the bonus of giving people the opportunity to resolve any private feuds in a public setting.
no one at a training course for anything has got an interesting life
then a quiz. Bonding over a shared goal of winning the quiz, opening up due to booze.