Energizers are short activities designed to raise the energy levels of the group. They may be used to:
- provide movement to get the blood flowing to the body and brain;
- release tension or conflict;
- provide some fun and laughter;
- enable people to be physically closer
- encourage interaction and connectedness
For longer sessions of motivational and inspirational speaking, interaction is essential to keep the audience engaged.
I was a motivational speaker for a group of government employees where the luncheon guest speaker periodically had the audience jump up and do short meeting energizers that were fun and engaging. You may want to try the same tactic in your staff meeting!
Some of the energizers the speaker for the government employees used were:
- The guest speaker brought 10 people up to the front of the room and had them line up tallest to shortest, than by number of years on the job, than by how far they live from work. These quick rearrangements allowed a visual way to get to know people and got some people moving around.
- The guest speaker asked people to disclose 3 unusual things about themselves in a group of 5 and the rest of the group guessed which were true and one was a lie
- The guest speaker wrote some very unusual uncommon words on a flip chart and asked the group to come up with meanings for the words. Laughter resulted in several very creative suggestions.