A fun power mingling-exercises that work well as the beginning of a course or a conference.
Greet each other in fun ways purpose
Create physical activity
Greet one another
Diversity creates opportunities
Constant shifts (and thinking) are fun, but also stressful
About 5 - 10 minutes.
Best suited for group size 6-30
Get together in pairs. If there are many participants, try getting them into fewer but bigger groups. Each group will now be told that they are given one minute to come up with a greeting that is not known in advance.
In Group 1 the greeting must contain a foot greeting. In Group 2 the greeting must contain a shoulder. Give each group a limb to be included in the greeting, for example noses, knees, back, abdomen, buttocks, arms, cheeks etc.
When the minute is up, and you can see that they have finished their greetings, all must walk around and greet each other with their new greeting. When two people meet, greet firstly with one person's greeting, and then the other’s greeting.
Continue for a few minutes, but remember to stop while the energy remains high.
If you want to continue playing, then you can make it harder. Each time two people meet they greet each other and exchange greetings. This means that if you greet someone who uses his nose as you take over the nose greeting and greet with his nose next time.
In this way exchange of greeting every time you meet a new one.
Stop the game after a few minutes.
To make the exercise even more advanced (and fun) you can include a sound in every greeting.
Instead of body parts, you can hand out props to be included in the greeting, for example. bells, flags, staplers, course directories, fruit, etc.
A sense of security is crucial in learning and creative contexts. If we are insecure, we try to maintain control rather than throwing us selves into the deep end where we can learn and get new ideas. Just think of the first day at a new job: this is not where you want to make a fool of yourself.
One of the best ways to create peace of mind is when we know each other "behind the facade." Power mingling-exercises are small and fun exercises, which ensures that we connect in a quickly and entertaining way. It's not about hanging oneself out to dry, but to accelerate the process so that we do not have to wait for Christmas lunch, before we talk to someone else rather than the ones we always talk to.
Bo Krüger, Moving Minds, bo@movingmi...