Leadership Inspirations Activities

Zip Zap

Try to say the name of the person next to you before time runs out

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

In this name game, participants have to try to say the name of the person next to them before time runs out!

 

SET UP

  • Have your group form a circle with one volunteer in the middle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • The middle person will point to different group members in the circle and say, “zip” or “zap” which will dictate how that group member will respond.
    • If person in the middle points and says “zip”, the person pointed to has to say the name of the person on their left.
    • If the person in the middle points and says “zap”, the person pointed to has to name the person on their right.
  • The person in the middle has to count quickly aloud to ten before the person pointed to can name the person correctly.
  • If the person pointed to cannot name the person, they are now in the middle.

VARIATIONS

  • If the person pointed to does not say the name of the person next to them within their allotted 10 seconds the whole group has to move (safely) through the center of the circle and find a new spot in the circle and next to new people. This will assure that everyone is learning all participants names and not just the two people beside them.

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?

Meeting Skills

  • What are some of our effective and ineffective meeting habits?
  • When are you most engaged in meetings? When are you least engaged?
  • What are the roles that people play in meetings? Why are these roles important?
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?