Virtual retreat team building game idea
One of our specialties at LifeLabs Learning is training managers to help teams connect. We’re passionate about finding ways to creatively build a sense of belonging and camaraderie, even across the digital divide. So, I wanted to share one of the favorite games we use ourselves. We’re a team of 50+ at LifeLabs Learning, and we--like almost all companies right now--have been looking for a great game to build rapport in a team that already knows each other pretty well.
Enter LifeLabs’ ‘Quick-Connect.’ This game was rated a favorite activity at each of our two all-virtual retreats. I’m sharing our script and formula below.
How it works
Exactly what it sounds like, Quick-Connect is an opportunity for teammates to spend 1-2 minutes in breakout rooms with just one other teammate answering a question presented by the facilitator. After the time is up, breakout rooms are closed, switched, and participants answer a new question with a new partner! The key is the great questions and the rapid pace.
Quick-Connect best practices
- Anyone can lead this event! The facilitator just needs a quick intro, a little tech savvy, and to bring a list of questions (see below) to ask participants.
- Using Zoom’s breakout rooms makes things easy. We organized all rooms to have 2 participants and randomly assigned rooms each time.
- Move fast. Speed keeps things interesting and builds momentum. We don’t discuss or debrief questions full-group at all when we run it.
- Give folks a way to figure out who is answering first. I used prompts like, “the person who is alphabetically first” or “the person who is wearing the darkest shirt.” You can also get creative, like “the birthday closest to today” or “the person with the shortest commute to the office (when there was an office!)” will start first.
- Because there’s no limit to the number of questions you can ask, there’s no required amount of time for this activity, but I recommend no less than 30 minutes total if you’re running multiple rounds.
Timing breakdown + script
- 5 minutes for a quick intro to the activity. Here’s my script:
Here’s how this will work: I’ll be managing randomly assigned breakout rooms and questions will go from slightly easier-to-answer to slightly harder-to-answer.
For the first round of questions, you’ll have one minute each to answer. For the second round of questions, you’ll have two minutes each to answer. I’ll keep time. When you see the breakout room call back, don’t come back to the main room until the time is up (that’s your 1 minute warning).
- 20+ minutes for the questions: Here are the questions I’ve used with our team. Feel free to swap in your own, but be sure the questions you pick are answerable in the time allocated.
Questions to answer in 1 minute per person (2 minutes per round)
Deepener time! Questions to answer in 2 minutes per person (4 minutes per round)
- 5 minutes for a quick close. I also share other ways people can keep connecting after the activity. Some that I recommend are using Donut on Slack, inviting people for virtual coffee/phone calls to catch up, or sending someone a kind email to just let them know you’re thinking of them.
Give this a shot with your team and let us know how it goes! We’re always looking for new questions, so comment with any that resonate for you.
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