During this exercise, the team stands in a circle at equal distances from each other. One person in the team gets a tennis ball. They throw the tennis ball, underhand, to a random person in the circle and then call out the name of the person they are throwing the ball to. In this case: Justin. Justin catches the ball, throws it to another person in the circle and calls out that person’s name: Jennifer. They continue to play until everybody knows each other’s name. When the team gets to the point where everyone knows each other’s names this exercise can be done as a one-minute warm-up. After doing a warm-up, the game changes. This time, when the first person throws the ball, she doesn’t call that person’s name. Instead, she says the name of the person they have to throw the ball to. The names are now one step ahead of the ball. For example: Justin throws the ball to Bob and says the name of the person Bob has to throw the ball to: Jennifer. Then Bob throws the ball to Jennifer and says the name of the person Jennifer has to throw the ball to: Paul. The team plays this round until they can do it easily with little effort. To make the exercise more complicated, we are going to confuse the team by increasing the difficulty. The names will be two steps ahead of the ball. The first person who throws the ball starts by calling out two names. The first name, Bob, is the person whom Ann has to throw it to. Jennifer, is the person that Bob has to throw it to. Ann throws the ball to Bob and says the name of the person Jennifer has to throw the ball to: Betsy. Then Bob throws the ball to Jennifer and says the name of the person Betsy has to throw the ball to: Paul. This way the names are two steps ahead of the ball. Now we are going to up the difficulty by one more step. A second tennis ball is added to the exercise. Now we do the same thing we did before but with two balls. First they say the name of the person they’re throwing the ball to. If this goes well, move on to the next level where the names are one step ahead of the ball. And if that goes well, start playing where the names are two steps ahead of the ball. To achieve this, good listening and sharp concentration are very important. Once using two balls goes well, you can make things even more challenging by bringing a third ball into the game or by letting the team walk around the room. The trainer gives feedback about why a team sometimes works with sharp concentration throwing the ball to the right people and at other times gets confused and drops the ball. Read the description below this video on Youtube for more information on how to give the best feedback to a team. And please subscribe to our channel to see more team exercises to improve cooperation and communication.

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Dennis Veasley

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  1. A balloon could be used instead of a tennis ball. This variation slows things down a bit and throws in a little more uncertainty since balloons don't always go in the direction we send them. This method could be used to explain how sometimes things don't go as smoothly as we would like them to when we attempt to do some tasks. Because everyone works at a different pace we sometime need to adjust to the other person.

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