The facilitator or team lead starts this activity by getting the participants to line up in a circle. They can be standing, sitting in a circle or just sitting around a table.
The facilitator then explains that they will start the game off by saying a word. The person to their right then needs to say another word, of their own choice, that has no associations with the lead-off word. The game continues in order with each person trying to say a word that has no associations with the word the person before them said.
Each time a word is spoken the participants say either “Yay” if the word passes the test or “nay” if there’s an association.
If enough people say “nay” and the facilitator deems there to be an association, then the person who spoke the word steps out of the group or drops out of the circle and the game continues.
The winner of the disassociated word game energizing activity is the last person remaining, and they are awarded a nominal prize by the facilitator.
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The Disassociated Word Game Energizing Activity is simple and requires no preparation or physical activity. It can still be quite fast paced, fun and energizing. It’s a good activity to be aware of and use as a fallback if a group becomes a bit stale and needs a boost.
Like all of these activities, you need to tailor your approach and expectations to the group you are facilitating.
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