The best corporate training games will really be tailored for the company that is paying for the training. A business that makes artwork and is having a hard time with communication and exact reproduction may start off a training with an exercise directed at these aspects. The directions should be very simple, such as “Take this white paper and close your eyes. For the rest of the next exercise you can not ask any questions or open your eyes.” The task should on the other hand also get the point across. In this exercise you then lead them through a series of ripping off corners, turning the paper, and even folding the paper a few times. When everyone opens their eyes, everyone has a different looking paper. The point is to show that without looking at other people’s work, and not asking questions the same piece of artwork will turn out differently from the last one.
There are other games that are more traditional that can be used in corporate trainings. These can include games like the human knot in which everyone reaches in and grabs someone’s hand. Everyone then has to untangle the group without letting go of anyone’s hand. This usually ends up at some point with someone about to break their arm trying to let someone else around them. There is also the game where you have to say two truths and a lie and everyone else has to guess what the lie is. These can be great, but usually don’t serve much purpose in the training and don’t serve to show a point to the employees.
The time when these traditional games work best is when introducing people. Something that people are familiar with leads people to feel greater comfort and will open up better. Games that fall into this category usually include games where people have to say their name and something about themselves. This is a common type of game and is used at the beginning of most meetings of large numbers of people who have never met before or who are exploring a sensitive topic for the first time.
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