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February 2, 2011

A Team Toast

In this post, Ann shares how to create a fun team building event using punch and mad libs …

Ann Padley | Strategy Development I’d be amazed if there was a reader out there who has not had the experience of participating in a ‘team building’ or ‘ice breaker’ type of activity. I know I’ve had my share. So when I was asked to develop a team building activity for the BDC team’s quarterly meeting I immediately had the urge to Google key terms such as ‘innovative team building,’ ‘creative team building’ and, my personal favorite, ‘team building activities that are not lame.’

Needless to say, I still came up short for ideas so I decided to create my own activity. I started by making a list of the things I wanted to accomplish, my top three included:
  1. Help the team get to know each other better on an ‘outside of work’ basis.
  2. Make people laugh.
  3. Incorporate the delicious champaigne punch I made for the meeting.

With these goals in mind, I created a mad lib toast.

The evening of the quarterly meeting, the team gathered around the table, punch in hand, and took turns answering a set of questions about ourselves. Each question has a corresponding line in the mad lib toast to write the answer. After the answers were complete and the lines were full, we passed our mad lib forms to the person to our right and each read the toast out loud. Some answers made for sidesplitting-funny toasts while others were quite serious. But, in the end, we all enjoyed toasting to a great year with a great team.

Some of you might find yourself Googling the same terms someday. If so, feel free to check out the team activity I created. I hope my teammates will agree with me when I say that it was fun, funny and helped us get to know each other a little better.