Leadership Inspirations Activities

Name Olympics

Learn each other’s names through alliterations and actions

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

It can be very challenging to learn names in a new group! This activity provides a fun, simple, quick and very effective strategy to actually remember everyone’s names.

 

SET UP

  • Have all participants form a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Give each person time to come up with an alliteration for their name (can be an adjective or verb) and a corresponding action to go along with it. For example: Running Riley, Jumping Jack, or Delightful Diana.
  • Then go around the circle and have each person introduce themselves and do their action.
  • The whole group should say ‘Hi’ and repeat that person’s name and motion to help them remember!

VARIATIONS

  • With smaller groups, have each person introduce themselves as well as everyone who came before them, this will test their ability to remember the names of their peers!
  • With larger groups, have each person introduce themselves and just the one person who went before them to save you time.
  • With extra large groups split them up into several smaller groups so that they can learn those names really well.

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?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?

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?