Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers: Demonstrate Many Uses

“Demonstrate Many Uses” is a highly participative and fun exercise. You as a workshop leader can use it as a great energizer as well. Therefore it is quite apt for your afternoon sessions when the participants generally develop some sluggishness.

The exercise is most appropriate for sessions on brainstorming technique, creativity, teamwork, team building, synergy, intragroup communication, presentation skill etc.

Divide the participants of your training workshop so that each group can have around 5 to 7 persons. Use the random grouping method earlier described in the management exercise titled “Pass the Message” at URL

Ask each group to choose a person in the group to document the ideas generated by the group members. Let him also act as the group’s coordinator. Allot a serial number to each group. Better still if the group members can discuss among themselves and coin funny sounding names for their group.

Handover to each group coordinator one of the following items, thus giving each group a different item:

  • A chalk stick
  • A paper container
  • A paper towel
  • A handkerchief
  • A plastic scale
  • A foot long string
  • A marker pen

If you have more groups you can decide on similar additional items of everyday use.

Now instruct the participants to work in their respective groups. In each group the members should brainstorm to think of many usages of the item given to them. Encourage them to find as many uses of the items as they can think. Suggest them to go wild and out of the box in their thinking and imagination.

You may like to announce an award to the group that comes out with the largest number of uses.

Give them 15 minutes to complete the task. Stop them after the given time.

Now ask the groups to choose their presenters. The presenters should be good at not only in their verbal presentation but they should also be able to demonstrate the uses of the items in an interesting and hilarious manner.

At the end of each presentation ask all the members in the audience to suggest even more uses of that particular item. It will make the exercises still more interesting and participative.

After all the presentations are over, declare the winner and give an award to the winner group.

Ask the winner group as well as the other groups if they could have done still better and how. Ask them why they missed out to do those things in their group work?

Summarize what happened in the entire exercise. Share your observations with the participants. Provide any additional theoretical inputs you wish to impart to your participants related to the exercise.

Get Hold of the Related Books:

You can order the following books on “management games and icebreakers” as printed books and eBooks from Amazon online:

  1. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  2. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers (Volume 2)
  3. Classic Team Building Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  4. 101 Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers

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