Team Building Activity At Work [EASY AND AWESOME]

Team Building Activity At Work [EASY AND AWESOME]

Are you looking for a quick and fun team
building activity at work that only
takes 10 minutes, well I’m gonna share
with you my all-time favorite that I
have had huge success with,
stay tuned to the end of this video
because I have for you one of my amazing,
number-one tools for meeting success
free. Hi if you’re new here welcome, my
name is Adriana Girdler, a business
productivity specialist and a
professional meeting facilitator. I have
for you a very unusual team-building
activity that I have used in many
workshops, and have got complimented for,
so now I want to share that with you,
this fun quick and very unusual
team-building exercise is called the
poncho exercise, so now I want to share
with you exactly how we do it, so the
first thing you need is you need
flipchart paper, so ensure that you have
this around the room, and what I usually
say for all my participants,
I don’t even tell them what we’re doing
by the way, I just say we have a poncho
exercise go to a flipchart paper and
grab yourself flip chart, once everyone
gets one I actually guide them through
this process so that at every moment,
they really have to listen to me, and
they have to pay attention in order to
know what the next step is, so once
everyone has this particular sheet you
need to ask them to create a poncho, and
the easiest way to do that is by folding
it in half and then folding it in half
again, I know the joys, and then you
actually can cut yourself space for your
head so that you will have a poncho, so
here it is here’s my poncho, next I say
okay everybody put it on and then I have
everybody walking around with a poncho,
grab a sharpie now, right away if there’s
a woman in the room or a man who has a
white shirt they go whoa whoa whoa,
Adrian isn’t that gonna bleed through,
it’s never happened yet okay, you can’t
do this with pens, you really need to do
this with a sharpie because you need to
see it, so I have everyone in the room
with these ponchos
on and then I have them with the sharpie
usually it’s black – green but that’s
then what I say is, I want you to look
around and every single person in the
room you need to assure you right on
their poncho, but here is what you have
to write, you have to write down
something that you are grateful for in
regards to them, what appreciation do you
have and right away from that note
they’re like what, and if they don’t know
each other you can give an example like,
okay if you don’t know somebody just say
I really appreciate your warm smile, or I
really appreciate you making room for me
at the table and if you do know them
well and you know the work that they’re
doing maybe give them a great
appreciation on some of the work that
they’ve done for you, or that you know
that they’ve done, the whole purpose of
this exercise is to really get teams to
come together and think positively about
what and how they feel about their
teammates, so it’s super fun, so now we
have this, now everyone understands those
rules they go around and they start
writing and everyone’s back, Superman
here’s my team do you mind writing on my
back, and you stand there, now what
usually happens is a train occurs and
that train is everyone’s kind of one
behind the other writing the back, it is
fun, it’s excited, people are laughing,
they’re having a really good time by
doing this, once everyone is done I say
okay if you’re done leave your Poncho’s
on sit down at the table or wherever
that where we’re at and don’t take it
off, now this is a really important part,
you want everyone to take off the poncho
at the same time, but the key is we’re
not reading it out loud we’re going to
spend two minutes where everyone can
just take in the beautiful words that
their teammates wrote about them, so
everyone sits down okay guys on a count
of three you are gonna take off your
poncho, you’re gonna read your words and
take it in and literally one two three
take off that poncho, and since
everything is written on the back they
read it, and as I’m looking around
because I’m the observer, the smiles on
people’s face, even a little bit
teary-eyed where people are super
touched with what people said about them
it’s powerful, I have people who then
folded it up, and they’ve put it in their
knapsack or their briefcase because they
want to keep it, it is super powerful,
really easy, I get extreme extreme
success with this, I’ve done this with
people who are so into this stuff, but I have
also done it with other groups, like
security teams who you think are walking
around with Poncho’s giving gratitudes,
yes they do and you’ll be amazed,
everyone needs a little bit of love, and
so what a wonderful exercise to bring
into your organization, now that you’ve
gotten everyone into this really fun
cool team-building activity, it is time
to go to another level of great meetings
and that is to get your free download on
meeting rules, not only our team-building
activity is really great and helpful but
understanding what you’re supposed to do
in a meeting also plays a part in all
this, on that note I want to thank you
for watching this video, if you can give
it a thumbs up, if you can subscribe to
my channel and let me know if you’re
gonna try this poncho exercise in the
comments below, until next time, bye

34 thoughts on “Team Building Activity At Work [EASY AND AWESOME]”

  1. Are you going to try this team building exercise at your next workshop? Let me know in the comments below. Cheers!

  2. i love fun stuff and team building activities-Pancho Exercise- Is that Pancho waterproof? I have actually done this exercise ,believe it or not ! P.S.- I dont think that Batman behind you is real, so I wouldn't expect him to write anything…………..

  3. That was so much fun to watch! I love games that involve creative thinking and appreciation. That way, everyone feels great in the end. Wonderful example 🙂

  4. Great team building activity. I have actually participated in this activity once and it was so nice to read all those positive comments that people wrote. Would definitely recommend this team building activity!

  5. I do in-person career readiness workshops and love this idea for when we discuss Branding. I can so make this work! Thanks Adriana

  6. We did an escape room at my corporate job, and that was really a great way to bond and work together with coworkers.

  7. Love this activity! Thanks for sharing! It is surprising how much it can mean when someone says something they appreciate about you.

  8. Hey Adriana, so fun, you're creative! Good ideas!
    I did an escape room and lots of dinners and food related team events in the past. Very happy to be a SOLO preneur to be honest 🙂

  9. Great idea, so creative! I hope we will be seeing more team building activity ideas from you soon. I'll tune in for sure.

  10. I loved this exercise! I will definitely be trying this out in the future. It is neat how it is quite a physical exercise as well (wearing the ponchos) and it is something they can keep after. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Absolutely amazing! We had a big team meeting where we were suppose to submit team building ideas in advance and perform on the day. I submitted this one and it really helped me stand out amongst my team. People love it and dare I say it almost created like a warm glow in the room and I think it made the following activities go a lot more smoothly than the previous one. Thank you Adriana! I wish you all the best on YouTube!

  12. I have a men breakfast this weekend Jan. 2020.  I was looking for a team building/bonding exercise. I found it! Your exercise is perfect! Thanks

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