Energizer Training Activity – What Do I Wear?
Making learning fun while accomplishing your stated learning objectives is a good way to stimulate learning and tie into brain-based learning research on how participants learn best.
By actively engaging your adult learners, you are tapping into basic tenets of adult learning (andragogy) and encouraging learners to become active participants in the information exchange process.
This activity is an easy way to encourage learner participation providing a forum for future information exchange.
Energizer Training Activity – What Do I Wear? by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Brain-Based Adult Training Author
Time: 30-45 Minutes (depending on group size)
Group Size: 24-30
Purpose: To provide an opportunity for learners who work in the same organization to get to know one another a bit better. This activity also allows them to have a bit of fun while doing getting to know one another in sessions dealing with diversity, non-communication, team building, customer service, or other topics where relationships and understanding others is an important desired outcome.
Objectives: Through the use of this activity, learners will be able to:
- Get to know one another better on a more personal level.
- Recognize that predispositions about others may create challenges in relationships.
- At the beginning of a session, have participants form small, equal-sized groups (5-8 people) at round tables.
- Explain that participants have been invited to a costume party.
- They have two minutes to decide what costume they would wear.
- Have everyone write their costume choice and nothing else on a strip of paper that you provide.
- After everyone has written their answer, they should fold it and put it in the center of their table.
- Instruct all participants to retrieve one strip of paper from the center of the table and one by one open it.
- After all, participants have opened their paper and read what is written, have them introduce themselves one-by-one (e.g. who they are, where they are from, where they work, why they are attending the session, or whatever you prefer to have them disclose).
- Following the introductions, have each person turn their paper over and write down the name of the person that they believe wrote the costume name on the other side.
- Once everyone has done this, have them one at a timeshare who they believe the owner to be and why.
- Ask for a show of hands of how many people guessed correctly.
- Ask those who guessed incorrectly, why they believe they might have done so.
- Ask those who were correct what led them to believe the person they chose wrote their paper.
- Hold a general discussion related to how we sometimes make assumptions about others and that can create challenges in relationships.
Materials Needed: Three-inch strips of paper.
For more ideas on engaging learners see Lucas, Robert W., Creative Learning: Activities and Games That REALLY Engage People, Jossey Bass/Pfeiffer, San Francisco, CA.