Build Strong Teams With Purposeful Activities

Whether meeting attendees are colleagues or strangers, use activities to turn them into teammates.

Facilitating a Produce meeting, a Decide meeting or an Ideate meeting? You’ll likely want attendees to work together to achieve meeting goals. And what better way to build a team environment than with some lighthearted activities, such as games?

4 Team-Building Activities for Effective Meetings

Take What You Need: For this activity, you’ll need a roll of toilet paper (or a few, depending on the size of the group). While attendees are sitting in a circle, ask them to pass the roll and take as much of it as they think they’ll need. “For what?” they’ll ask. Ignore their need for explanation and prompt them to “take what they need.”

Once every attendee has some toilet paper, it’s time to go around the room and have participants share simple facts about themselves. How many facts? The number of squares a person has determines how many facts he or she is expected to share.

This will not only help attendees get to know one another but will also identify strengths and interests that will aid them throughout the meeting.

Arts & Crafts: If time allows, set up painting stations or arts and crafts tables for attendees. These interactive activities will allow people to network with one another, let loose and get their creative juices flowing—which will benefit your meeting!

Small Divided Lunch Groups: Gather everyone for a buffet-style lunch break. Once all attendees have their food, ask them to look at the bottom of their plate. Beforehand, mark an equal number of plates with either “A” or “B.” The letters indicate a table or room where participants will eat lunch with other A’s and B’s. Give one person in each group a list of icebreaker questions that the group members can discuss while eating.

Tower Tournament: Divide people into two teams and have them gather in different rooms. Give both teams random objects that they must stack, as high as possible, in a given amount of time. Once the time is up, judges measure the towers and declare a winner. Once the teams are back together, the group will discuss what happened during the tower-building process—strategy, roles and efficiency. This discussion will allow attendees to learn from the experience and get to know one another.