A growing collection of tools, techniques and starters for ten — to purposefully bring creativity and conversation into teams.

Warm up exercises for your groups and meetings

Connect, prime and inspire your team ahead of a meeting with this ever-growing edit of exercises designed to get you thinking creatively (both IRL and URL).
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Illustration by Yann Le Bec
1
Building the story.

Someone starts by saying a short and simple sentence. The next person repeats it, and adds some detail. EG: We are in a room… We are in a hot room….. We are in a hot room in which something strange has happened. Keep going round the room, each imaginatively adding to the story until it’s too long for people to accurately repeat.

2
Purposeful praise

Turn to the person next to you and descriptively give them some praise. This could be something very in the moment, or relating to something they’ve recently done brilliantly at work or in the team. Be as vivid and detailed as you can. Keep going around the room until everyone has felt some praise.

3
1, 2…. 20

The aim of this warm up is to collectively count to 20, without talking over one and other; and without working out a strategy. Anyone can start by saying 1, then someone else says 2 and so on. If two people speak at the same time then it’s back to the start.

4
My last photo

Grab your phones, go into photos and take it in turns to share and describe the last photo you took.

5
Catch

Take it in turns to look up and imagine something falling out of the sky and into your hands. Catch it, and describe it to the team in 60 seconds, and in as much detail as possible.

6
Mining mistakes

Mistakes shouldn’t be buried, we should look into them for learning. Each person takes a few minutes to note some recent mistakes in life and at work (large or small), and reflect on what’s been learned from them. Choose one and share it, and the lessons learned, with the group.

What did the mistake reveal?
Did it open up a new direction to explore?
Why did it go wrong? Over-confidence? Complacence?
So — what did you learn about yourself and others, that will be helpful in the future?

7
Superhero

Draw yourself as a superhero, creatively visualising your superpowers. What would your superhero name be? Show and describe your superhero to the group.

8
Draw thy neighbour

Take two or three minutes to draw a spontaneous portrait of the person next to you. Think about how their facial characteristics might reflect their personality, strengths and what you know about them. Accent and incorporate these accordingly. Present your portrait back to your neighbour and the room — and tell the story behind it.

Try one, try more... And if you've got some that are working for your team — please share them with ours!