To undertake the map game team building activity, the facilitator splits the room into pairs. One member of each pair is a “navigator” and one is a ”listener”. The paired participants are asked to sit with their backs together. This way all listeners are facing one way, and all the navigators are facing away from them.
The facilitator then gives all the navigators a copy of the portrait map (showing the place-markers for locations A and B). They then give all the listeners a copy of the landscape map (without the place-markers on it).
The facilitator starts the exercise by explaining that the exercise is simple. Everyone in the room has a map and all that’s involved in the activity is for the navigator to explain to the listener where points A and B are on of the map, and for the listener to draw a route between them. The exercise ends when all pairs have completed the exercise.
The pairs then complete the activity. They usually all start with their maps held as they have been received (landscape / portrait) and struggle significantly to communicate effectively. Over time the participants will start to identify useful points of reference and then ultimately they will be able to complete the activity. Some of the listeners may even realize that their maps are not the right way and and rotate them.
If things are particularly difficult, a facilitator may provide a few hints and tips.