Leadership Inspirations Activities

Random Word Game

Use seemingly unrelated words to promote brainstorming within a group


20-30 minutes

Team Stage


Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity


Poster Paper, Pens, Markers



Promote brainstorming by creatively trying to connect seemingly unrelated words and concepts to each other.



  • Clearly identify the topic/question to be brainstormed. For instance, “How do we better engage our members?” or “How can we solve…”


  • Choose a random word — any word will do (concert, dog, run)
  • As a group brainstorm everything you can think of related to the random word. Write every single idea shared down.
  • After you are done brainstorming, spend time finding ways to connect each of the brainstormed ideas to the brainstorm topic.
  • Next steps: What ideas are relevant and realistic? What are specific action steps you can take to put those ideas in motion?
  • Facilitator Note: No idea is a bad idea when brainstorming! Encourage group members to be positive and open minded during this process.



  • 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?

Project Planning

  • What has worked in other projects you have done? How have you dealt with setbacks?
  • How do you connect with the process of planning? Do you like it/not like it? How does this impact you/your group?
  • How do we manage our time? How does that affect our ability to complete our projects?
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?