As a keynote speaker sometimes I get the opportunity to do a follow up leadership seminar at the event. I find team building self development activities really need to be catered to the group or they are a generic time drain.
A good self development leadership activity makes people laugh, think, understand conflict and work together outside of their work context. Here are some fun, inspirational and memorable morale boosters for your next seminar, convention or event:
1. In a seminar, I like breaking down the room based on 4 personality types (after I have described what they are, characteristics, etc) and than asking the group to solve a business problem by creating a team, based on what personalities they want on it. What will each personality type contribute? How? What will be the drawbacks? In a true Donald Trump Apprentice Style way the problem could have been to create an advertising campaign to promote a specific product. The discussion that ensues will help people see how personality styles create conflict and affect how you contribute to a team.
2. Another a fun, simple self development seminar team activity, based on improv …. is create a story with a word. Each person in a line up adds a word to make up a story. Some people do not listen or get nervous and they put in a word that makes no sense and word by word the group tries to make a sensible story. Usually very halarious and great lessons emerge about listening, interpretation, resolving conflict etc. You can create the story around a business theme you are working on to personalize this.
3. A simple and easy seminar activity is to tell two truths and a lie. In rounds of 8, each person tells two true statements about themselves and one lie. The group has to decide which is the lie. A good way to get to know one another and very funny.
4. Balloons are Morale Boosters! Blow up a bunch of balloons of several colors. Have the whole room stand up. The objective is to keep the balloons in the air no matter what, they can not touch the ground. Seminar participants boink balloons to each other, gyrating around trying to keep them in the air. For variation, ask the group to move the red balloons to the front of the room, the green balloons to the back of the room, etc.
5. What I like about you. A great event icebreaker, Have a flip chart paper for each person with their name at the top. Each person goes around and writes what they like about others on their relative paper. Afterwards, the posters can be displayed at work. It is a great morale booster when people can look up at their positive leadership qualities.
6. First Meeting. Have 3 people on each team (usually 3 men and 3 women on opposing teams). The objective is for each team of three to act in synch as one person. They are to meet the other team and each team is one person, they move together and talk together. Step by step and word by word each team member is looking for clues from one person (usually a leader will emerge) on when to move, words to say etc. It is hilarious and teachers leadership (if one person in each team does not take control and lead the other two in words and movement- it is a mess), communications skills, teamwork.
Add more fun at your event with simple, easy morale boosters that build leadership qualities.