Trust Walk is about leading, following, trusting and communicating.
Many leadership styles emerge during this event. Some find it difficult to be responsible for another person’s safety and others find it exhilarating. To trust or give up control can be very hard for some people.
After pairing up, each individual takes turns leading the other person through obstacles and overcoming adversity. While a very simplistic activity, many people find it difficult to trust their partner and find they will ‘cheat’.
Because it is so simple, very few people take the time to strategize or find out exactly how far ‘X’ number of steps is for their partner. This creates the scenario for a great lesson in coaching — we need to communicate with other people the way THEY hear it best, not the way we hear it best. This is an activity every manager should master before going back to work!
With several variations, you can run this activity with both pairs alone and then all the pairs together at the same time to create a completely different level of communication.
Participants: 8 – 32
Location: Inside and Outside (Outside is better by far)
Activity Level: Medium
Time Needed: 15 to 20 Minutes plus debrief – 45 to 60 minutes total
Objectives: Coaching, Trust, Communication
Whatever the experience, the Trust Walk is a powerful learning opportunity. This trust walk activity is a great way to start or finish an event, meeting, workshop or any other function in which it would be valuable for some self-examination and how you impact your group or team.