Ice Breaker Games for Staff Meetings
Ice breaker games to illustrate the communication process
The importance of clear and effective communication can be illustrated by the ice breaker games called back-to-back communication, the telephone game and long-distance communication. In addition to these ideas you will find another 15 icebreaker business communication activities at 'ice breakers for staff meetings'.
1. Back-to-Back Communication - This activity requires a pair of employees to sit back-to-back and have a conversation. After the conversation is discussed. The same two employees will then sit face-to-face and have the same conversation. After the activity is complete, have them discuss how differently it felt to have each conversation. Which was more effective and comfortable? Have them point out why face-to-face communication is easier, and ask them to provide details as to why.
2. The Telephone Game - The telephone game is a general test of listening skills. Have one person come up with one or two sentences. Write the sentence down on a piece of paper and put it away. This activity requires that all team members sit in a circle with the first team member whispering the sentence into their neighbor's ear. Each team member will jot down what their neighbor said without letting anyone see.
The goal is to keep the story the same until the last team member is reached. At the end, the new story and original story is read aloud and compared to see how effective everyone took in the accurate information.
3. Long-Distance Communication - This activity is an effective way to get the team members to understand the importance of close-knit communication and body language. The activity begins by putting two team members directly in front of one another and starting a conversation. While remaining on the same subject, the same two individuals will then move six feet apart.
A few moments later, they will move even further away, with each team member on opposite sides of the room. As they move further apart in distance, the rest of the team members are to observe the comfort level of the conversation, how it changes as the distance is increased, and the difference in body language. They will then be asked to discuss the most important aspects to effective business communication which are direct contact and body language.
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