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Energize Your Meetings – Exercises to Prepare for Long Meetings

By Agile Velocity | Sep 16, 2014 |  Article,  Scrum,  ScrumMaster

Exercise equipment to prepare for long meetingsThis is Part 3 of a 3-part blog series for Scrum Masters, Product and Product Managers, and facilitators.  Use these exercises to lead long meetings that are fun and energized, resulting in more participant engagement.

These exercises are great for re-energizing a group, especially in long meetings.  Highly interactive, these exercises are fun and also break down boundaries within a group.

Bibbity-Bobbity-Bop

Supplies and Room Requirements:

  • Enough space for people to form circles and move around

Setup:

Goal: get someone to take your place in the middle

  1. Stand in a circle with at least 9 people.
  2. Someone stands in the middle of the circle.
  3. Women may want to take off heels so they can do small jumps.
  4. Be prepared for highly interactive exercise!

 

Round 1 – Bibbity-Bobbity-Bop:

  1. Person in the middle approaches anyone in circle and says:
  • “Bibbity-Bobbity-Bop” or
  • “Bop”
  1. In order to avoid going to the middle you must:
  • Say “Bop” before they finish “Bibbity-Bobbity-Bop” or
  • Say nothing in response to “Bop”

 

Round 2 – James Bond:James Bond Game for long meetings

  1. Person in middle approaches anyone in circle says:
  • “James Bond 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10”
  1. Before they reach 10, the person challenged must:
  • Adopt and hold the James Bond position
  • Person on each side become Bond girls who cry “Oh James, Oh James”
  1. Anyone not in position by the count of 10 must go in middle of circle.
  2. Can use methods from round 1

 

Elephant Game for long meetingsRound 3 – Elephant:

  1. Person in middle approaches anyone in circle says:
  • “Elephant 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10”
  1. Before they reach 10, the person challenged must:
  • Adopt and hold an elephant position
  • Person on each side forms elephants ears
  1. Anyone not in position by count of 10 must go in middle
  2. Can use methods from other rounds

 

Round 4 – Toaster:

  1. Person in the middle approaches anyone in the circle says:
  • “Toaster 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10”
  1. Before they reach 10, the person challenged must:
  • Jump up and down like a piece of toast popping out of a toaster
  • Person on each side forms the toaster
  1. Anyone not in position by count of 10 must go in middle
  2. Can use methods from other rounds

 

Resources:

http://gamessimonplays.com/

Exercises to Break the Ice

Exercises to Encourage Brainstorming

 

 

One Response to “Energize Your Meetings – Exercises to Prepare for Long Meetings”

  1. I could see this working with folks who have a good sense of humor. This would be very challenging with geographically dispersed teams.

    Your link to “Learn leadership skills …..” is broken.

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