Beta Test Improv
Team Building, Leadership Development, and Presentation Skills
3 Headed Singer
(3 person game) Get any slow moving melody as background music. Each person SINGS one word at a time and the group tells a story about some object they love. This game teaches you to listen to your teammates and go with the flow.
(2 people) One person only speaks gibberish ( a nonsensical language) and the other person totally understands it and can have a conversation with their partner. It is important NOT to interpret the gibberish language (never say, "So you want me to put up the blinds, etc). You simply want to watch the tone and body language of your partner and make bold decisions based on their demeanor. This game teaches the importance of body language and being able to read a room.
One person calls the other into the office and has 3 issues that need to be addressed. The other person must justify why he or she did these indiscretions or you will fire them. Each issue should get progressively worse.
No you didn’t- (2 people)
One person is going to give a public speech on something they have loved since they were a kid. The suggestion should be given by the audience or the other person in this game. Then as person 1 is telling their story, person 2 periodically interrupts them and says “no you didn’t” to a sentence and person 1 must then change their line of dialogue. (This game is superb to help with public speaking and quick thinking techniques).
Suggestion: Person loves mittens
Person 1: I have loved mittens since I was 3 years old. I love the way they felt and how warm they kept all my fingers. I used go outside with my red mittens on and wave to every car that went by.
Person 2: (interrupting) “You didn’t wave to every car”
Person 1: I’d wave at every fifth car that went by
Person 2: “You didn’t wave at every 5th car”
Person 1: “I stuck out my thumb and hitchhiked”
What are you doing?
(2 people). In this quick game, one person does some imaginary activity (like bowling) and the other person comes up and says "What are you doing?" The person who was bowling must continue to do the activity while telling the partner something totally different. Then the partner takes over doing the new activity and the 1st person asks "What are you doing?" and they give a new activity. This game allows both sides of the brain to work at the exact same time and help with presentations and becoming comfortable moving and possibly doing a demonstration while giving a speech.
For example (say Paul and Jim are practicing)
Paul (Is pretend fishing)
Jim: What are you doing?
Paul (While continuing to fish) I am climbing a skyscraper
Jim (Now begins to climb skyscraper) Etc
In this game, two people will be on stage and they will chant out a line of dialogue in “Gregorian” style!! As each person steps back they will mutter their line of dialogue until the other person steps forward and begins to respond to their line. Make sure to have a disagreement to add fun to a religious moment!! This game teaches some public speaking and emphasizes the Yes and principal of agreement.