Leadership Inspirations Activities

Trading Places

“Trade places” with other members of the group to get to know them better!

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Mixer

Materials

None

SUMMARY

Get to know fun facts and conversation starters for different members of your group by “trading places” with them as you mix and mingle.

SET UP

  • None

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Instruct everyone to come up with three fun facts about themselves.
  • Now instruct everyone to find a partner (if there is an odd number, have a facilitator partner play)
  • Instruct the students to share their name and three fun facts with their partner, but they should pay close attention because they will need to remember their partner’s name and fun facts.
  • Once everyone has had a chance to share, tell the partners that they will be “Trading Places” by adopting the name and fun facts of their partner so that when they go meet someone new they will introduce themselves using that person’s name and fun facts.
  • Then, instruct participants to find another partner. After sharing, these partner pairs with “trade places” again!
  • Continue in this way for a few rounds.
  • At the end, ask any group members if they would like to share their most recent partner’s name and fun facts

VARIATIONS

  • To reduce people only talking to people that they already know you can facilitate this activity using concentric circles. To switch partners, have one of the circles rotate to the left or right each round.
  • Use physical name tags that partners can “trade”.

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?

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?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
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?