That Person Over There

Type of Activity: Get to Know You/Ice Breaker/Name

Props Needed: None

Set Up: You’ll need some ample space to mingle around. Works well with 10 to 25 participants for 12 to 15 minutes.

Process: Gather your group together in a large circle. When you say “GO” (or any other Word Of The Day) each participant should go introduce themselves to another participant in the group – shake hands, say your names – make sure you emphasize that they should REALLY learn the person’s name. Then, each participant goes off to find a participant they haven’t met yet. (We have participants raise their hands up when they don’t have a partner and look for someone else doing the same and get together.) Greet this new person (remember the name) and introduce yourself (both participants do so). Now, one at a time each participant will point out the last person they met – the last person they shook hands with. The pairs may need to move around to find that person. After both participants point out “that  person over there” they go off to find another participant they have not met yet - introducing themselves and then pointing out the last person they met. Continue as long as the energy is good.

Variations: If (only if, because this is a no-prop book) you are using name tags, have participants fill out a tag with their name on it but don’t put it on yet. Go into the activity and after you meet  someone exchange tags. Every participant will always point out “that person over there” whose name is on the tag. At the end of the activity everyone is asked to stand to the right of the person on the tag they are holding. After everyone is in a circle, participants return the tag to the “right”-ful owner.

Debriefing Topics:

  • Do you remember the names of the people you met?  Who would like to try to name 3 of them?
  • Why is it important to learn the names of those around you, even if you will only interact with them a short while?

For original write up purchase "The Empty Bag" by Cavert and Hammond, pg.  21-22. 

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