Team Communication Games

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Team Communication Games
Communication makes the team work. (team spirit image by mark smith from

Perhaps the most important part of any team of any kind is communication. A team that does not communicate will struggle to get anything done, whether it's a sports team or a business team. Use team communication games to help improve your team's effectiveness and to streamline their operation.

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'Being There'

This simple and energetic communication game can be played with many players. It helps to teach your team observation skills. Increased observation can lead to better communication. This can be done with as many people as you can fit into the room. Prepare a group of questions, from about 5 to 20. These should be questions about concrete things and not abstract objects. Questions can include "who serves us coffee every day?" "what colour are the tiles in the bathroom?" "what is the M.O. of our organisation?" etc. You can even write questions about people in the room, but avoid excessive personal questions. The questions should be fair. Divide the group into teams and give them the list of questions. Give them half an hour to write their answers. Teams can help each other if they want. Give the teams points based on right questions. Take away points if the question is answered very poorly.

'Building Blocks Communication Game'

This game will help your team understand the importance of clear and simple communication. Three to seven people can play. Give your group two sets of buildings blocks but only give the team 10 blocks and a building base board for each set. There are four roles to this exercise: the director, the runner, the builder and the observers. The director is given one set of blocks to build random object. They are the only person who can see the object. He gives building directions to the runner. These directions are verbal. The runner then goes to the room with the builder and gives her the building instructions. The runner can't see the builder's object. The builder tries to follow the instructions. The observers watch the game and write down notes on the progress of the game and the behaviour of the others. This game should only go for about ten minutes. Afterward, they can compare the model and see how well they did.

'Toxic Waste'

This last game is played with a group of around twenty people split into five people teams. Circle a piece of rope on the ground for about eight feet in diameter. This is the radiation area. Put a bucket of water in the centre. This is the toxic waste. Place a larger bucket about 40 feet away from the small bucket. The team must get the water from the small bucket into the large bucket. However, they can't enter the radiation zone. Instead, they use pre-attached ropes and bungee cords to move the bucket. Players must somehow get the bucket out of the radiation zone without spilling. They get 5 to 10 minutes to plan and about 20 minutes to remove. After that, the toxic waste has exploded and the game is over. It also ends if the water spills. They win by getting the water into the large bucket. Players must communicate very carefully in order to complete this game successfully.

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