Improv Games for Group Dynamics
Group Dynamics are not just about building relationships in a team, but also basic finding out about each other. How do people react in different situations? Who can I rely on in a crisis? Also finding out about ourselves. Do I tend to lead or follow? Do I give people space or try to push my own agenda? These improv games will help you explore, practise and develop your group dynamics, and work on how you behave in a team.
1. One to Twenty
- Stand in a circle (about 8 people is a good maximum)
- You can either look down or keep eye contact.
- Your task as a group is to count from one to twenty with each number spoken aloud by just one person.
- There should be no pattern either predetermined or arising from the exercise
- If two people say the same number at the same time then shake it off and start again.
- Be honest! Even if you just started the ‘s’ of ‘seven’ at the same time as someone else, that is a reset.
- Celebrate your ninja mindfulness if you achieve it.
- Notice your own patterns and try to break them
- Don’t let it get too slow.
- Don’t be afraid to commit and get it wrong.
- Keep your awareness as open as you can. There will be cues even if they are not immediately obvious.
- Group mind
2. Start, Stop, Shout.
- Ask everyone to walk around the room at an energised pace, as if they had the exact amount of time before they had to arrive somewhere, so no need to rush but no time to dawdle.
- Instruct the group that they are all going to come to a dead stop at exactly the same time.
- Ask them to repeat this process several times so that they are all stopping and walking magically together.
- They may try and cheat – don’t let them!
- For fun you can put in a jump, or a shout too, “Huh” or their own move.
- Another variation is to always just have one person moving but they must wordlessly negotiate this, you can increase to 2 or 3 people, or everyone moving and only 1 person still.
- Challenge people to break their own patterns
- Encourage people to keep their gaze up and out
- Group mind
- Pulling together as a team
3. Build me Something
- Get into two groups, or one is fine if you have too few people for two.
- Challenge each group to ‘make’ an object such as an aeroplane.
- The group must use themselves to represent that object as a group.
- There should be no discussion.
- You can count down from 10 to reduce dithering.
- Can you encourage the group to ‘animate’ the object once it is formed – eg. can the aeroplane move?
- Give them some more abstract challenges – jealousy or old age for example.
- Get the groups to set each other challenges.
- Group dynamics.
- Working as a team
- Being physical.
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