September 22, 2015

One Day Team Building Program

  • Balloon Busting

Instructions:

This unfortunately requires quite a bit of preparation, but it is worth it for the amusement of watching people play the ice breaker. Each person has a balloon on a string tied to their ankle; the string needs to be fairly long, at least a couple of feet (60cm).

The object of the game is for each person to try and pop everyone else’s balloon by stepping or sitting on them, while simultaneously keeping their own balloon safe.

This is one of the great ice breakers for big groups because the action is frenetic and often you will end up with very unlikely winners. Be careful where you play it though – if you’re not on the ground floor of the building, the people beneath you aren’t likely to enjoy ice breakers like this too much!

Ballon Bursting  Ballon Bursting 1


  • Human Knots

Standing in a circle, group members reach across and shake hands – use hand connecting to a different person.

The group then tries to unravel the “human knot” by unthreading their bodies without letting go of each other people’s hands.

e aware that the activity involves close physical proximity and touch potentially in sensitive places!  It can be used as a first activity in an adventurous program with volunteers (e.g., the start of an Outward Bound program).  However, if the program is less adventurous, or group members potentially will have significant problems with such proximity, e.g., due to culture, or social or psychological problems, then Human Knot could be introduced later in a program.

Ideal group size is approximately 10, but it can be done with anywhere from about 7 to 16.  Much higher or lower and the task doesn’t really work.  The more in a group, the more difficult the task, partly because of the complexity, and partly because there is physically less room to move.

If there are two or more groups doing the task simultaneously, have the groups reasonably spaced out, so they don’t feel distracted by a sense of competition.

Ask participants to form a circle, shoulder-to-shoulder.  Encouraging/urging participants to all stand closer can be a subtle way of helping to prepare them for what is about to come.

Ask participants to each place a hand in the middle of the circle and to grasp another hand. To emphasize learning of names and get a bit of fun going, ask participants to introduce themselves to the person they are holding hands with. Then ask participants to put their other hand in the middle, grasp a different person’s hand, and introduce themselves. Don’t let participants let go of hands – some will be tempted to think the activity might then be over – but it is only just starting. Explain to participants that what you’d like them to do is untangle themselves, without letting go of hands, into a circle.

There will be a mixture of reactions, often including nervous laughter, fun amusement, excitement, trepidation, strong suspicion that it can’t be done, and others who may view the task as a somewhat sadistic or inappropriate joke.  Often some group members will have done the task before, but this doesn’t really matter, each time the task is unique.

Participants may change their grip so as to more comfortable, but they are not to unclasp and re-clasp so as to undo the knot. If you want name-learning emphasized, then explain that whenever the group is talking to someone or about someone, that the person’s first name must be used.  This usually requires supervision and reinforcement by the instructor, but once enforced, is excellent for learning names.  It also usually helps the group to work together and find solution, because their communications and more accurate with names involved.

Stand back and see what happens.

Be prepared to see little progress for quite some time (up to 10 minutes).  However, once the initial unfolding happens, the pace towards the final solution usually seems to quicken.

However, because each occasion is unique, there are also odd times when a very fast solution falls out – too easy.  In such cases, you ask a group to try the task again – its usually a bit harder second time around.  Occasionally, the task seems too hard and participants seem to make almost no progress.  Let them struggle for about 10 minutes, then you can offer the group one unclasp and reclasp – they need to discuss and decide what unclasp-reclasp would be most useful.

Most of the time a full circle falls out, but occasionally there are two or even three interlocking circles.  So, really the task is to sort the knot out into its simplest structure.

Facilitator notes

A switched-on facilitator can get a lot of information about participants in a short space of time with this activity.  For this reason, the activity is commonly used in group-based selection processes for jobs which involve closely working with others.

Stay at a moderate distance, allowing the group to handle the activity with feeling like they’re being too closely observed; but maintain good hearing contact and be ready to step in to help answer questions or change the direction of the activity quickly when appropriate.

Slowly wander around the circle, moving in and out as appropriate, e.g., if you want people to use names in every communication, then this needs to reinforced in a friendly, but firm way, several times.

It is relatively easy to notice who’s talking, who’s not, who seems comfortable, who doesn’t.  Also note that sometimes the natural leaders are not in a good position to lead – do they try to dominate inappropriately or do they sit back appropriately and just do what they can.  Sometimes, a new leader emerges from being in an opportune position in the knot.  This can offer this person a significant boost.  Also, almost everyone gets a positive sense of having played his or her part.  Some people have difficultly enjoying the activity due to their uncomfortableness physically (e.g., obese, very tall, or inflexible people may find the activity particularly awkward).

It is important to provide appropriate help if the activity proves too difficult.  This might be encouragement that it can be done (some groups lack confidence and would give up too early), helping a couple of people communicate to find a solution to part of the knot, etc.  Or this might be allowing an unclasp-reclasp.  How much to give is a fine balancing act.  The task should be challenging, but especially as an initial activity, it should give the group some initial confidence and momentum in being able to work together to solve problems.

Often this activity speaks for itself as an icebreaker.  However, because it can be quite challenging, and people will often have been pulled in all sorts of directions (literally), be prepared to have at least a short debrief, e.g. by asking “How well did you think the group worked together?”  And “What could have been done differently?” or “What do you think you’ve learned from this activity which can be applied in future activities?”.

human_knot   Human Knots


  • JAM

Fast, fun and action packed series of 60 second challenges

Program Outline

Inspired by TV game shows, the Win It in a Minute program is full of excitement and nail biting moments as your teams battle it out in various and bizarre 60 second challenges.

As facilitators reveal each challenge, teams consult amongst themselves and decide which team member is best suited for the task. The challenges are all fun and inclusive, and the open format ensures everybody is encouraged to participate but can feel comfortable that they are not under any pressure to take centre stage.

While this program is lots of fun it does have the additional benefits of improving team communication skills, creating a team strategy and improving morale while team members get to know each other outside of the usual work environment.

Throughout the program facilitators update the point’s board to let your teams know their positions. There are a few other challenges and bonus activities on offer to allow teams to pick up some extra points, keeping the energy high throughout the entire activity.

KEY BUSINESS BENEFITS

  • Energizing a conference
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Team Dynamics
  • Uniting Teams

  • We can do – warm up

Unlock the powerful secrets of your will power with this relaxing mind and body experience.

The art of Will Power encourages and improves assertiveness, self-confidence and general wellbeing. This workout is the ideal way to Youphoria Outbound & Adventure participants’ minds as well as promoting good health.

A trained facilitator will put the participants through their paces as they are taught ‘Will Power’ – the basic techniques to focus on will power. These techniques are the key to mastering one’s attitude and mind-set. A unique breathing exercise syncs the bodies and minds of each individual during this introduction. This is followed by a routine of stretching to release stress and aid flexibility – these are all very useful techniques which will be of benefit to participants once they return to their work place.

As they progress from these early stages, participants are taught basic stances and hand movements. Initially participates need to left the heavy object that wouldn’t be possible to do, but once you on your will power you will be able to lift the mountain even. Will Power Movements emphasize the importance of keeping one’s Focus as well as promoting physical agility. The entire group moves as one during this peaceful performance.

The exercise concludes with a brief meditation which lowers the heart rate and prepares participants for any challenges which lay ahead. We Can Do is a positive and rewarding experience which will leave your people energized and refreshed.

Key Business Benefits

  • Uniting Teams
  • Stimulating Creativity
  • Will Power
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Energizing a conference

JAM  JAM 1


  • Virtual volleyball

Experience the energy, agony and ecstasy of international football from the perspective of devoted, and noisy, fans. There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of an international football match. Two sets of passionate fans create an engrossing soundtrack which enhances the action on the pitch.

In Fever Pitch, a group is split into two teams: Reds and Blues. Led by an engaging manager, each side is shown a series of football video clips complete with their own distinct sound effects. Sections of the ‘crowd’ are responsible for reproducing these sounds on cue and, most importantly, in harmony with their colleagues.

Both physical and vocal, the actions to be repeated include: the kick-off whistle, the thwack of football against boot, the agonizing ‘ooho’ of a missed shot, the slap of the ball on chest, the thud of the ball striking the post and, of course, the iconic ‘Golllllllllll’ shout of Italian and Brazilian commentators.

Virtual vollyball 1

Participants are given an increasing amount of verbal and instrumental sound effects which they must produce to accompany the match action, including team chants from the terraces. Each scenario is rehearsed under the guidance of each team’s manager.

The event reaches Fever Pitch as the match climaxes with a penalty shoot-out. The victorious team gets to celebrate with a Mexican wave from the front to the back of the room. Frenzied, physical and incredibly entertaining, Fever Pitch is sure to engage and thrill any audience.

Key Business Benefits

  • Uniting Teams
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Energizing a conference

Virtual vollyball


  • Corporate Body | Face building – Body Painting

Paint the whole body and make a design Show your staff that they’re part of the big picture! People are undoubtedly the greatest asset of every organization. Each individual has a vital role to play in how it operates and is perceived. Corporate Bodybuilding emphasizes this truth in a spectacular way and brings people together in a quite literal sense.

This unique experience is a natural icebreaker, as participants create your company name or logo using their bodies as pixels. The result is astounding, as a great sea of humanity arranges itself to create an image on a huge scale.

Initially each delegate is assigned to a letter or segment of the desired final shape. They must then link with potentially hundreds of others to complete the name or logo. The value of Corporate Bodybuilding exists primarily in the fun created by the interaction between all the participants and the feeling of being part of something much greater than yourself.

When everybody is in the correct position, the living logo is ready to be photographed from above to create an impressive memento of a terrific experience.

Corporate Bodybuilding is the perfect bookend to an event. Whether as a spectacular opening or memorable grand finale, it simply can’t be missed.

Key Business Benefits

  • Team Dynamics
  • Time management
  • Uniting Teams
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Energizing a conference

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  • One voice

Welcome to a team-building experience that will have your group working in perfect harmony. One Voice harnesses the power of song to ensure your people are, literally, singing from the same hymn sheet. Full of inspiration and sure to give your group a new-found confidence and belief in each other, this is a challenge that hits all the right notes.

The message of ‘team’ is clear in this exercise. The gift of music that is in us all is brought forth and individuals come together to create something beautiful through combined musical effort. Energetic and fun, it will have your participants singing at the top of their voice in perfect unison.

One Voice is facilitated by internationally-renowned singer-songwriter, Sarah Warwick. Sarah also happens to be a highly-regarded voice coach and facilitator of creative voice workshops and seminars. Sarah lends her unique and extensive talents to One Voice to show that everybody has it in them to sing and have fun doing it.

Beginning with a series of fun exercises designed to stretch both body and voice, the event progresses to increasingly complex challenges. Participants will be amazed at what they can achieve and when the entire group comes together for the finale, the results are truly spectacular. This final song can also be made available on CD for each individual to take home.

Key Business Benefits

  • Team Dynamics
  • Cross functional co-operation
  • Risk management
  • Uniting Teams
  • Stimulating Creativity
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Energizing a conference

One Voice 1


  • Sync or swim

Energetic and fun, this is Synchronized Swimming like you’ve never seen it before! (Absolutely NO water used). With all the pomp and grandeur of the Olympic Games, Sync or Swim transforms your participants into a squad of swimmers training to bring home the gold.

Winning a medal will take work; each team must plan, rehearse and finally execute a choreographed routine which will be performed to chosen backing music.

Armed with swimming hats, nose clips, portable stereos and even false eyelashes to enhance the drama, teams will take to the unique ‘dry pool’ to act out their routine. Entertainment is guaranteed as each group attempts to make an impression on the judges through their imaginative and energy-filled performance.

Each squad watches the other as they wait for their chance at glory. Medal places will be decided based on technical merit and artistic impression, so concentration must be combined with creativity for the perfect winning blend.

The humorous climax is memorable for all teams, as they have fun both performing and watching the entertaining routines. Once everyone has finished, podium places are decided and the collective effort celebrated. Sync or Swim is designed to be flexible to any budget, time and venue.

Key Business Benefits

  • Team Dynamics
  • Time management
  • Uniting Teams
  • Stimulating Creativity
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Energizing a conference

Sync and Swim


  • Body Rap

Slap yourself out of it! This is group rhythm with a colorful twist. There’s nothing quite like some wacky fun to encourage team-building. Body Rap allows participants to done some colorful gloves and make music together using just their bodies. This quick and quirky game loosens people up in an environment of off-the-wall bonding.

This hilarious rhythmic exercise is certain to give your conference a shot of fresh energy and is the perfect antidote to that mid-afternoon lull.

Our charismatic conductor kicks off proceedings by warming up the participants with some body sound exercises. He then asks them to pull on the provided rubber gloves and begin stomping, body-slapping and vocalizing as one to create a scene as musically spectacular as it is awash with color. The aural and visual delights on offer will have participants laughing uncontrollably as they do the Body Rap together.

Body Rap is a powerful exercise which unites through humor and a shared musical experience. Expect a completely re-energized team following this side-splitting exhibition

Body Rap


  • The picture

Give your brand a very personal touch. An organization’s greatest asset is its people, the lifeblood which gives every company its identity and defines its perception to the outside world. Like a living logo, your people represent your brand in everything they do.

In The Picture is a fun experience which celebrates this truth and brings it to life in a way which illustrates just how important each individual is to the company as a whole.

On arrival at your conference, each delegate is pictured against a number of colored backdrops. As the conference proceeds, all of these images are processed by our computer system in order to create a wonderfully-inclusive finale which features your participants as the stars of the show.

Set to a dramatic soundtrack, a fast-paced sequence of pictures appears on the big screen. Initially we see individuals fly past before the slideshow moves to showing four faces, then sixteen, then sixty-four. As our view zooms out and the pace quickens, more and more faces appear until there are too many to count. The camera continues to pull back until we see that the images, now repeated many times over, have together created the company logo or conference message.

In The Picture is a powerful and effective conference climax that, in just three minutes, highlights the central role your people play in your company’s success and celebrates their contribution.

Key Business Benefits

  • Cross functional co-operation
  • Uniting Teams
  • Visualizing The Future
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Energizing a conference

Big Picture


  • Sound FX – make a wacky noises of cars or birds

A team-building experience with a very unique soundtrack, Sound effects play a huge role in modern cinema. They add an extra, crucial layer that enhances our enjoyment and appreciation of a film. Sound FX lets your participants get truly involved in this process as they are challenged to create their own varied sounds for a wild car race animation.

Participants will be challenged in a fun environment that requires them to produce an increasingly-varied range of verbal and instrumental sound effects. These sounds must each be tailored to suit the on-screen action.

A colorful character named Karma Shashtri guides participants through each stage of the wacky race, which takes place in a number of locations throughout the world. The race boasts a bizarre and entertaining cast of characters and vehicles, and their hilarious highs and lows draw in participants as they bring the action fully to life through their sound effects. The activity becomes increasingly competitive and good communication, creativity and teamwork will be required of all involved.

Each delegate is given a colored wristband which corresponds to a color which will flash up on the screen. As the race becomes more frantic, so team will as they increase the volume in pursuit of first place. This high-energy and extremely fun finale is sure to create a long-lasting, positive memory for all.

Sound FX features specially-commissioned music and animation and combines enjoyment, energy, creativity and teamwork. Sounds like a winner!

Key Business Benefits

  • Team Dynamics
  • Time management
  • Cross functional co-operation
  • Uniting Teams
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Energizing a conference

Sound FX


  • Meditation – Audio | Video

Ensure your participants are ‘in the zone’ during your conference with this short mind- relaxation experience. The modern world can be a stressful place. Each delegate attending your conference enters with their mind clouded by worries, both personal and professional. Meditation offers the perfect opportunity to Youphoria Outbound & Adventure your people’s minds, allowing them to think clearly and be fully receptive to conference messages.

This 20 minute interactive audio-visual relaxation experience makes use of multi-sensory meditation techniques to de-clutter your participants’ minds.
Participants are guided throughout by on-screen imagery coupled with a relaxing voice. Each individual chooses the meditation experience they desire using glowing, multi-colored wands. With more than 70 unique combinations to choose from, each group meditation can be specifically tailored to suit the tastes of your audience.

Participants reach ‘the zone’ – the period of optimum relaxation – about halfway through the 20 minute session In this state, each individual’s mind is put totally at ease and readied for the day ahead. Guided by music, sound effects and the reassuring voice, participants are slowly eased back to reality on a wave of positivity.

Meditation is beneficial to each and every delegate who takes part. By calming and clearing their minds, they prepare themselves to face any challenge and ensure they will not be distracted by any clutter within. Performed worldwide, including as part of Virgin Atlantic’s in-flight entertainment, this unique relaxation experience has led Meditation to be heralded as the “ultimate nerve-soother for a punishing lifestyle.”

Key Business Benefits        

  • Uniting Teams
  • Visualizing The Future
  • Stimulating Creativity
  • Energizing a conference

Meditation 1  Meditation


  • Tabular tunes – Team-building through percussion – beat that! 

In Tubular Tunes, your participants will unite and interact in a fun and energy-filled challenge grounded in the power of music. Cost-effective and an excellent icebreaker, this is an event which hits all the right notes.

Perfectly-tuned and brightly-colored tubular ‘instruments’ are all that’s required for your group to produce beautiful music together. Varying from one to three feet in length, these tubes are whacked with drumsticks to create hypnotic and powerful rhythms. These rhythms become awe-inspiring when replicated on a grand scale, as everybody in the room plays their part.

The genius of this event is its simplicity. There is no need for any long-winded tutorials, extra rooms or dividing the group into smaller sections. Participants just grab their tubes from beneath
their seats, follow the conductor’s directions and transform instantly into an electrifying musical extravaganza.

Tubular Tunes ensures that your people will be brought together through shared joy and laughter as they perform as one great team. Afterwards they will be energized, positive and united as they face the rest of the conference.

Key Business Benefits

  • Cross functional co-operation
  • Uniting Teams
  • Stimulating Creativity
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Energizing a conference

Tabuler Tubes 1  Tabular Tubes


  • Full House

Energetic and fun, this game is all about communication and will leave your people feeling like all the cards are stacked in their favor. With the seemingly ever-increasing popularity of all forms of poker, why not introduce your participants to a unique game that benefits everyone?

Full House is a fantastic icebreaker which forces participants to network with everybody in the room and think on their feet. The goal of the game is to negotiate a series of win-win opportunities at lightning speeds. With such frenetic activity, even the most reserved of characters will find themselves engaging all those around them in this high-octane atmosphere.

Quick decision-making and speed of response are crucial factors of success. Players maximize their own return by considering the needs of others, thus creating an environment of cooperation and mutual understanding. Individuals must be constantly moving and interacting with every other player.

The result is highly-energizing and challenging game that’s rich in fun. Full House is brilliantly effective, largely due its simplicity – which also means it can be run on the tightest of budgets. This is one poker game that’s not much of a gamble.

Key Business Benefits

  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Team Dynamics
  • Budget control
  • Time management
  • Networking
  • Cross functional co-operation
  • Uniting Teams
  • Negotiation skills
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Energizing a conference
  • Entrepreneurship

Full House  Full House 1


  • Head to the Toe – Head close to toe

connect mind to body

Program Outline

Head to Toe is an informal, non-threatening energizer which educates participants on how to achieve personal health and mindfulness during their working day.

Investing in the health and wellbeing of your workforce has a proven return. When they periodically Youphoria Outbound & Adventure on breath and stretching, your employees are better able manage their time and stress levels, improving productivity and staff retention while decreasing absenteeism.

The unique sequence of the exercises in Head to Toe has been developed by a well-respected health practitioner as an instant ‘pick me up’ easily performed in any environment.

Head to Toe can be run during a single session as a very effective conference energizer. In addition, due to its modular design, the exercises can then be reintroduced and practiced in smaller time slots throughout your conference, at points when you would like your participants to be ready and energized.

Your team leave equipped with both the knowledge to perform the techniques and a purpose designed, step by step flip book detailing the Head to Toe techniques. This high quality flipbook empowers participants to add the exercises into their day-to-day routine, making it one of the most valuable conference give-always they’ll ever receive!

Key Business Benefits:

  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Energizing a conference
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Managing change

  • Mumbai Local

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  • Sound Crowd

Creatively generate a massive amount of fun using wireless, Engagement and interaction between employees.

Program Outline – 

Sound Crowd is a lively icebreaker that generates 100% engagement and gets every participant moving, grooving and grinning.

Imagine the outcome from everyone interacting and laughing as they meet and greet each other in a totally unique format where no verbal communication is necessary – just pure body language, enthusiasm, solidarity, fun and smiles.

Participants are presented with a well chosen and stimulating array of suggested actions ranging from steering a group of husky dogs in a strong wind to being on the tube on a crowded underground on a Friday night or watching and applauding a magnificent firework display with all the pops bangs ooos and aaas. As they move and mingle, your people discover who is on the same wavelength and bonds are quickly formed.

Sound Crowd has been specifically designed with a flexible format which can be tailored to suit any group. Tracks are tailored to create an experience that mirrors or adds to your conference theme.

Why Sound Crowd?

Sound Crowd is a marvelous example of barriers breaking down as people are linked by sounds and actions while having their usual verbal communications overridden by the headphones. It is fun and thought provoking, adding energy to any conference.

Key Business Benefits – 

  • Cross Functional co-operation
  • Energizing a conference
  • Fun & Motivation
  • Networking
  • Stimulating Creativity
  • Team Dynamics
  • Uniting Teams

Sound FX


  • Domino Effect

Who will have the steadier hand? What are the greater ideas for creativity and innovation? Will your team be able to ensure that every element is going to work; it might be a good idea to do some prototyping before the final event! The Domino Effect is truly fun, exciting with strong underlying team building elements of communication planning and collaboration.

The Challenge – 

Each team will be charged with creating their very own giant Domino masterpiece, each with their own intricacies and adaptations.

Program Outline  –

The first part of the activity will require teams to compete for various items that will be included in their domino structure such as light bulbs, books, balls and pins. Depending on how teams fare in these early challenges will determine how simple their final task becomes.

Once this initial competition has ceased each team will be given their dominos and all materials they have earned to build a masterpiece, following all the parameters that are in place, that eventually will pop their balloon. The beauty of this is that every piece of the puzzle counts and if one small item should fail, then the whole thing falls apart.

The Domino Effect has a great debrief and can be pulled apart in a fun and constructive way. It has the added advantage of being able to finish with a win/win, ensuring all teams take part in the final conclusion.

Who will have the steadier hand??

Dominoes falling  Domino Effects

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