Group Exercise Ideas – Back Writing #14

Group Exercise Ideas – Back Writing #14


During this exercise the team will form a circle at equal distances from each other. The necessities for this exercise are one piece of paper, tape and a pen for each participant. Everyone grabs their piece of paper and draws a line in the middle on the front and backside. The team tapes the paper on their backs. If this appears to be a bit difficult everyone can help each other out by taping the paper on each others back. A paper clip will also do the trick. Now the team walks criss cross through the room. When you clap your hands everyone stands still and forms pairs. One person writes on the other person’s back above the line a celebrity that resembles him or her. After this, the roles switch and the other person does the same on the back of the first person. Everyone continues to walk through the room again and when you clap your hands again the team stands still and forms pairs with someone they didn’t pair up with earlier. All pairs do the same thing again. They write a celebrity on the paper that resembles the other person. In this case Bill Nye and Lady Gaga. Everyone continues to walk again. When you clap your hands everyone forms pairs with people they haven’t paired up with yet. It’s common that the same celebrities will be written on someone’s back. This process continues until everyone has paired up with each other. This means the number of celebrities written on someone’s back is equal to the number of participants minus one. The second round will now be played with another theme: holiday destinations. Everyone walks through the room and when you clap your hands everyone forms pairs again. Everyone writes holiday destinations below the line on the paper they think fits the person most. You dont have to be sure if that person really goes to that place. In this case: Peru. And the other one thinks the other one goes to paris. The fun aspect about this exercise is that everything is anonymous. The participants don’t know who wrote what about them. Everyone continues to walk through the room and when you clap your hands everyone forms pairs again with someone they haven’t paired up with yet. This round will also be played until everyone has written holiday destinations on each other’s back. Now everyone flips over the piece of paper and reattaches it to their backs with the empty side facing outwards and the next round will be played. Now everyone writes a characteristic above the line that he thinks the other person could improve upon. This round will be played until everyone has written a trait on each other’s back that he could improve. In this case everyone will have fifteen traits on their backs. In the last round everyone will write a positive characteristic under the line which they think fits the other person best. Everyone pairs up again until they all have fifteen positive traits written under the line on their back. Eventually everyone’s papers will be full with traits they could improve up on positive characteristics, celebrities and holiday destinations. The group forms a circle and each person highlights with a pen per category which sentence he thinks suits him best. In this case: Showing up late, good humour, Tom Hanks and Austria. With this everyone makes one sentence in which they describe themselves. The first person reads the sentence out loud in front of the group: A good humoured Tom Hanks who shows up late to his holiday in Austria. Everyone will get a turn to read his sentence out loud so the team gets a clear image of how everyone sees themselves. After this everyone highlights per category what they think describes them the least and creates from this a new sentence which they also read out loud to the group. In this round everyone gets a turn. The trainer guides the team during the exercises and bring variations. What kind of variation you can read below this video on Youtube. And please subscribe to our channel to see a new teamexercise each sunday at YouTube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.