Standing Ovation

The facilitator asks if anyone needs a standing ovation.  Participants who feel they could benefit from a standing ovation can stand and say, “I’d like a standing ovation.”  Everyone then stands and gives them a round of applause.  Throughout the program, the facilitator can make this opportunity available when appropriate.

Balloon Breeze

The facilitator tells everyone that a balloon will be sent into the audience and they are to try to keep it up as long as possible.  The trick is that they cannot use their hands.  They are to use their lungs!  One after another balloon is released until there are several wafting around.  When a…

Magic Wand

You can use almost any stick as a magic wand…even a toilet plunger!  You can imbue the wand with any sort of power in which you might have an interest.  For example, the wand can change any aspect of your work. The wand is passed around the room, and the participants explain what three things…

Outlandish Introductions

Have participants introduce the person to his/her right.  Encourage them to fill the introduction with hyperbole and exaggeration.  The only thing that needs to be factual is the person’s name.  “To my right is the inventor of the paper clip, in addition, he cornered the high tech market in 1996 and is the fourth wealthiest…

The Game of Favorites

If you’re at a restaurant or another locale where props aren’t appropriate, consider the Game of Favorites. Ask everyone to go around and list the best rock concerts they attended; their favorite movies; their favorite records; their favorite pieces of clothing. It’s amazing how quickly people get into this game and how it gets conversations…

Where Were You On…? 

This game is another great one recommended by ResidentAssistant.com. You pick a date, such as April of 2004, or June of 1996, and ask guests to share their names and what they were doing that particular month or day. You can do this with a few different dates, and you’ll have broken the ice in…

Comic Strip Chaos

Select a number of multiple-frame strip cartoons from the Sunday funnies. Cut them into individual frames.  Place the frames in a container. Each participant picks one comic frame from the container. After everyone has a frame, the participants begin to search for others with the same comic strip sequence. After the participants have found everyone…

Exercise

State that you want everyone to get warmed up by doing some simple physical exercises.  Stretch one arm forward. Relax.  Stretch the other arm forward.  Relax.  Now, bring both arms forward and parallel; now bring hands together quickly.  Again, again, faster.  Naturally, the sound of applause is created, and you say,  “Thank you, but the applause isn’t…

Opinion

Write the words “agree,” “disagree,” “strongly agree” and “strongly disagree” on large pieces of paper. Place each poster in an obvious spot somewhere in the room, preferably on a wall. Then make a statement such as “we all like spinach” and have everybody move to the part of the room that matches their opinion. You…