Leadership Inspirations Activities

Telephone

Send a message around the room as accurately as possible

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Game, Experiential Activity

Materials

Short Story Prepared

 

SUMMARY

Groups focus on communicating clearly and effectively as they pass a message from person to person around the room.

 

SET UP

  • Have a short story prepared for participants to read.
  • Have enough space for your group to sit in two separate circles.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Split into two groups and have each group each pick one person to remember a story.
  • Take the two people aside and have them silently read the story.
  • Use a short children’s story of no more than a few paragraphs and give them five minutes to try to memorize it.
  • After five minutes, have them go back to their group and quietly recite the story to one member of the group.
  • Once they are done, that person must pass the story on to another member of the group.
  • This continues until everyone has heard the story.
  • Have the last person recite the story that they heard and then read the original story to the group to see what changed along the way!

VARIATIONS

  • Instead of using a story, use a shorter but random or silly phrase.
  • If you would like to keep your group together for this activity, consider starting a telephone phrase at two different points in the circle, and have them pass in opposite directions.
  • You can also try Telephone Pictionary.

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?

Accountability

  • Who are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

Feedback

  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?
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?