Here's a great little communications exercise, ice breaker or warm-up suitable for any kind of group training or team building session. There is no limit on size of group and it takes only 10 to 15 minutes.
Use random objects to create a minefield such as pieces of paper, clothing or file folders. Give the team members the “mines” and have them disperse them over a field or gym floor. After the mines are all set up, separate the team into pairs of people. Provide a blindfold for one of the people and allow the other person to have sight. Instruct the pairs that the person with sight has to successfully guide their team mate through the minefield using just words. Allow all the pairs to go at the same time so that each blindfolded person has to listen closely for their leader.
Review the exercise by asking participants to name the skills needed to successfully complete the task
- How easy or difficult was it to hear instructions?
- Were the instructions accurate enough to be able to complete the task?
- How did it feel to be blindfolded?
This useful communication icebreaker illustrates leadership, communication and listening skills, building trust, giving and receiving accurate instructions.