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Valentine’s Day is the sweetest holiday of the bunch.

The energy created between sweethearts is second to none, but creating energy within your team is equally as important.

Here are some fantastic team builders that also function as meeting energizers, and they work with onsite staff as well as staff you have out there in the virtual world.

Meeting Energizers and Team Builders

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This is a quick game that pits smaller groups (3 to 8) against each other.  The goal is for each team to find as many commonalities within the group as possible.  The commonalities must apply to each person in the group and there is a 2 minute time limit.

These commonalities can’t be obvious ones like, “we all have finger nails or we all are wearing clothes” (though the opposite could be fun).  They need to be a bit more “creative” like we have all visited Greece, we all like to go fishing, or we’re all afraid of spiders, etc.

The team with the most number of Commonalities wins. The team with the funniest Commonality also wins.  In fact, you can have as many winning categories with “prizes” as you wish for teams.

PPT of Me

This energizer and team builder is a great way to start off your meetings.  Each meeting starts off each a 4-slideshow presentation from a different team member.  The slide show will give the team member an opportunity to share a bit about who they are, what they do, and where they come from outside of work.

This is one of the team builders that really helps people get to know each other better.

Say What?

Team builders like Say What? are great ways to inject some much needed energy into your meeting, and this one can be done in just a few minutes.   It’s also a great way to have new team members introduce themselves to the rest of the team.

Have people introduce themselves by name and then say what car part best represents who they are.  For example, “Hi my name is Tyler, and if I were part of a car I would be the back seat – because I like to have fun, and that’s where the most fun happens in a car.”

Rock’n Meeting

Get more energy injected into your next meeting by blasting a “theme song” that represents the content of the session.  Have people come into the meeting with the song looping in the background.  You can also tie the song into your slide notes for a greater impact.

The best songs are ones that supports the theme or message of the meeting.   (i.e. Weird Al’s “Eat It” for a meeting about acquiring a new company, or  Black Eyed Peas “I Got a Feeling” for a meeting for launching a new budget).

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All of these great meeting energizers do double duty as team builders.

Adding a bit of fun to each meeting will not only energize your team, it will help them stay more motivated and engaged.  And of course, we believe that when your team is having fun, there is Team Building happening!

When your team is having fun, they will relax and be more engaged in what they’re doing.  They will also have a fun, common experience that will enhance the bond they have with their coworkers to take back to the office with them.

So try some of the sweetheart ideas above and use your own creativity to build a bit more love inside your team.  And don’t forget to buy flowers and chocolates – because you can’t be a sweetheart at work without being one at home!

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