10 Powerful Communication Exercises for Teams

10 Powerful Communication Exercises for Teams

Will communication exercises improve my teams’ overall performance?


Good communication of your employees can benefit your organization in so many ways. If you’re a leader or manager, you might want your team of employees to communicate well.

In this article, let’s discuss about 10 simple yet powerful communication exercises for your teams.

10 Simple Yet Powerful Communication Exercises for Teams

#1. Ball Toss

The goal of this exercise is to improve listening skills. This exercise helps employees to stay focused under pressure.

How to Play?

  • Arrange your team into a circle and throw a soft or spongy ball to one of the members.
  • The person who catches the ball must state his favorite color and throw the ball to anyone in the circle.
  • Now, the person who gets the ball should restate the color stated by his team mate and add his favorite color.
  • Then, he throws the ball to another person and the person who receives it should restate all the previous colors along with his favorite color and throw it to someone else.
  • This process should be repeated and you can see the task becomes more challenging when the list gets longer.

#2. Project Race

This activity focuses on the importance of communication. In this activity, the employees can learn how effective communication helps them complete any kind of projects.

How to Play?

  • Arrange the participants into small teams.
  • Now, assign them a project to complete.
  • Ask the teams to assign roles for each team member.
  • Then, the teams should start working on the project and the first team that completes the project wins.

#3.Card Swap

This activity focuses on building communication and negotiation skills.

How to Play?

  • Get a few sets of cards and cut each card into 4 pieces by cutting diagonally.
  • Shuffle all the pieces and divide them equally according to the number of teams.
  • Then, place each grouped pieces into separate envelopes and give an envelope to each team.
  • Now, allow them some time to sort through the pieces and understand which cards they can complete as well as what pieces are missing.
  • Once this is done, allow a few minutes to each team to bargain with the other teams for getting the missing pieces.
  • Finally, the team that completed more number of cards within the time limit wins.

#4. Just Listen

This exercise helps to improve the communication and listening skills of employees.

How to Play?

  • Have some index cards with a topic written in each.
  • Ask your team members to sit down in pairs.
  • Allow each pair to blindly choose a card and speak for a few minutes about the topic. When he talks, the other member is not able to talk, he is only allowed to listen.
  • Once this is done, the listener should recap about what his partner said. He is not allowed to debate, agree or disagree – what he needs to do is only summarize.
  • Then, switch roles and repeat the process.

#5. The Blindfold Game

The blindfold game helps to improve communication, listening skills, and build trust between team members. In this activity, the blindfold members need to rely on their sighted partners and follow their instructions.

How to Play?

  • Scatter furniture and other items around the room as obstacles.
  • Group the participants into pairs and one person from each pair must be blindfolded.
  • The sighted members must direct their blindfolded partners across the room, and provide instructions to overcome the obstacles.
  • Once each team reaches the other end of the room, switch roles and repeat the activity.

#6. Circle Story

In this exercise, the participants need to create and tell a story one phrase or sentence at a time. It boosts communication, creativity and teamwork.

How to Play?

  • Group the participants into different teams.
  • Then, ask each team to sit in a circular shape.
  • One person in each team should start a story with the phrase “once upon a time” and the person in his right side should continue the sentence.
  • Go around the circle 3 or 4 times before concluding the story.

#7. Make Your Team

This activity promotes quick and effective communication skills. In this activity, the goal is to form a team by identifying the people who belong to the same category.

How to Play?

  • Facilitator should equally divide the paper slips into 4 or 5 different sections. Pick the first section, write “RED” in all slips. In the second section, write “GREEN” in all slips.
  • Similarly, write different color names in the remaining sections.
  • Ask each participant to pick a paper slip, identify the other members with the same color and form a team.
  • Allow some time for the participants to find their partners. The team that finishes first will win the game.

#8. Guess the Emotion

In this activity, a participant act out a given emotion and his team mates guess it.

How to Play?

  • Split the participants into two teams and set a time limit for this activity.
  • Place a packet of cards on the table; make sure that a particular emotion has been written on each card.
  • One member from the first team must pick a card and act out the emotion within one minute.
  • Then, his team mates should guess the emotion and if they do it correctly, give their team some points.
  • Now, invite a participant from the second team to do the same and give points if successful.
  • This should be repeated until the time limit is over.
  • The team that scored more points wins.

#9. Back to Back Drawing

In this exercise, a person describes about an object and his partner draws its picture without seeing it.

How to Play?

  • Group the participants into pairs.
  • Instruct the pairs to sit back to back and consider themselves Person 1 and Person 2.
  • In each pair, give a paper bag with an object in it to Person 1 and give a paper as well as pencil to Person 2.
  • Now, Person 1 should verbally describe the object such as its shape, size, color etc. to Person 2. However, he is not allowed to show or reveal the name of this object to his partner.
  • Then, Person 2 must draw a picture of the object on his paper according to the description from his partner.

#10. Two Truths and a Lie

This is an icebreaker activity that focuses on communication. This activity helps a person to know more about the people around them through interaction. The goal of this activity is to identify the lie from three different statements.

How to Play?

  • Ask each participant to write two truths and a lie about himself/herself in a paper piece and advise them not to reveal the lie to anyone.
  • Now, the rest of the participants should try to find out which one is the lie by asking different questions.

Enjoyed this article about the powerful communication exercises for teams? Now, here is a question for you. Which of these communication exercises do you like the most? Feel free to comment below.

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