Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers: Tag the Emotion

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“Tag the emotion” is an appropriate game with a flavor of role play and group participation. Yet, it is also an individual exercise. This can be best used by you as a program leader or workshop facilitator in your sessions on emotional intelligence (EQ), body language and transaction analysis (TA).

Get a volunteer or pair of two volunteers from the group who will be willing to enact a scene on any one human emotion. Let him/them decide which emotion will be enacted; this decision will be kept confidential and therefore will not be known to you and the rest of the participants.

Instruct the audience to identify the emotion or feeling enacted by the volunteer(s). After the enactment of the emotion and it’s labeling is over, ask the participants if they were able to identify the emotion just enacted. Let them share their answers with everyone. Check it out with the actor(s) whether the answers given by the participants are correct.

Now call upon another volunteer(s) to do a role play or enactment of another emotion or feeling. Ask the audience to tag that emotion too. Facilitate a discussion among the participants in the manner described earlier.

Try to cover as many important emotions as possible by repeating the above-mentioned exercise. If you wish to see a comprehensive list of all the emotions/feelings, refer:

After all the important emotions/feelings have been covered, ask the participants if it is important to develop and apply the skill of tagging the emotions of self and others and why? What do the human emotions convey? Are they important? Do they, at times, see that the spoken words and emotions expressed by the same person do not complement each other- what is more important; emotions or spoken words? Facilitate such discussion among the participants.

Supplement the participants’ discussion with the theoretical inputs you wish to give on the topics of emotional intelligence (EQ), body language and transaction analysis (TA). Wrap up the session.

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