I was a motivational speaker for a utility company recently, along with another guest speaker who led a fun and dynamic game of Diversity Bingo.
While the game started off slow, it gained momentum and began to really compel the group towards unique conversations that really helped us all get to know one another. You may want to consider it yourself the next time you want a motivational ice breaker!
Here is how the game worked:
The guest speaker for the utility company handed out BINGO cards with questions about participants on each square (instead of the standard numbers on the photo above). The purpose of every question is to get to know the other person.
Some interesting questions the guest speaker used:
- Knows someone who is or has been homeless
- Has been to an ethnic wedding
- Has lived in Europe
- Has 4 or more children
- Is an only child
- Has had more than 10 jobs in their career
Participants mingle around the room to find others who can sign their cards when the criteria applies to them.
As in traditional BINGO, people are trying to get a full line signed off and call out first!
The guest speaker encouraged participants to only allow each person to sign off once on a card. This way people had to continue to mingle and get to know many people in the room.
Discussions were lively as people discovered the depth of their experience and commonalities.
As the motivational speaker for the utility company I presented the session, The Nerve to Serve... Say Hello to Humor & Goodbye to Burnout!