Leadership Inspirations Activities

Look At Me

Group members try to learn names while meeting as many people as possible

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

In this name game, individuals try to meet as many people as possible. This activity is perfect for when a group first forms and participants are not well acquainted.

 

SET UP

  • You will need enough open space for participants to stand in a circle comfortably.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Ask participants to arrange themselves in a circle.
  • Have them look around at the other group members until they make eye contact with someone.
  • Once eye-contact is established, the two players walk to the center (maintaining eye-contact), shake hands, and introduce themselves.
  • They then continue across the circle, switching places with each other.
  • The aim of the game is for each person to meet as many different people as possible, in this way, in about a minute.
  • When the minute is up, go around the circle and ask how many switches each person had.
  • Then find out who can remember the names of everyone with whom they switched places.
  • Safety: Remind players to move cautiously while meeting and switching places. If people are moving too quickly or not paying attention, there is the chance of collisions.

VARIATIONS

  • Have group members share a different fact in the center of the circle. Some examples are: how many siblings he or she has, a favorite sport, or favorite ice-cream.
  • You can also change up the center activity by adding an action. Each player has to dance to the middle, or try and make the other person laugh in crossing. Have fun with it and be creative.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?