Leadership Inspirations Activities

What If I Told You?

An active way to get to know fun facts about the people in a group

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer, Mixer

Materials

Floors Markers, Tape

 

SUMMARY

This getting to know you activity allows people to learn about each other and fosters imaginative thinking and storytelling.

 

SET UP

  • Ask the group to arrange themselves in a circle and have one volunteer step into the center.
  • Pass out floor markers (paper, note card, paper plate etc.) and a piece of tape to those people forming the circle and ask them to attach the marker to the ground in front of them.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • The goal for the person in the center is to acquire a spot on the border of the circle. To do so he or she must share a true or false fact about himself or herself.
  • The person in the center starts by saying “What if I told you…” followed by a fact that may or may not be true. For example, someone might say “What if I told you that I have been skydiving?”
  • The people forming the circle vote on the truth of the statement with “thumbs up” for true or “thumbs down” for false.
  • The person in the middle then reveals the truth.
  • Those who guessed correctly do not move, but those who guessed incorrectly must move to a new floor mark.
  • Participants may not move to a spot directly to either side of their current spot.
  • While people are moving around, the person from the center must also find an open spot.
  • The person caught without a marker is the next “volunteer” to share in the middle.
  • You can play as long as your group’s interest holds. Challenge them to be creative with their facts and see how many people they can displace while in the center.
  • Safety: If you are playing on a slick surface, make certain that the markers are taped securely to the ground. Also, encourage participants to not steps directly on the markers to avoid slipping. They should move quickly but be cautious about running into each other. Remind them to be polite about acquiring a new location; this means no pushing or shoving. The first person to a marker gets it.

VARIATIONS

  • Another easy way to create floor markers are through shoes. If all participants take their shoes off then all but one person’s shoes create markers. Safety: This should not be done outside in case of sharp objects. If done on a slippery floor participants can take their socks off as well.
  • Play “I Like People Who” which follows these same rules but the person in the middle tells a true statement about themself and if that statement applies to other participants in the group those participants have to find a new marker. (E.g. “I like people who like going on roller coasters”. The people who also enjoy going on roller coasters go to find a new marker).

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?

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?
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?