Category Archives: Tips for Trainers

Team Bonding, Team Building or Team Development?

When I do a needs assessment with a potential client, I ask LOTS of questions to see what type of program they are looking for.  And in my mind, there are three common types of programs in our field; Team Bonding, Team Building and Team Development.  Team Bonding refers to fun, recreational programs that may involve some networking […]

Handshakes

I absolutely love the Handshake activity.  It has been around for a long time, and it’s still one I use often.  It has so many great qualities.  Here’s a short list of my favorite attributes: It’s a non-prop partner activity. Works well with large or small groups. With a little creativity, it’s easy to create […]

Concentric Circles

Source:  The new book:  Tag, You’re It, by Michelle Cummings Group size: 16-50 Preparation Time: 5 minutes Time Needed for Activity: 10 minutes Materials: None needed Activity Preparation: Create an open space for play. If you are indoors, put chairs around the perimeter of the room. If you are outside, find an open space to […]

The Blindfold – To Use or Not To Use?

Ah, the blindfold.  To use or not to use…  From the fancy sleep-style mask, the lycra-style blindfold to the good ol’ bandana, there are many things to consider when using blindfolds in a program.   As experiential educators, we usually strive to provide participants voice and choice in the activities we present.   Are we still making […]