Energizer: Positively Connecting the Group


True to my word, we are keeping the blog very short and sweet for the next little while.

Here is a quick energizer I’ve used in various formats for many years. I learned and adapted it from my Portland colleague Paula Manley! It is also based on the “flow” concept of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It works with groups of all sizes and generations. It works because it uses the neuroscience concept of creating a positive brain state so that learning and productivity are enhanced. I would use it for a team that perhaps is just forming, new members have arrived, or you need a new way for people to share more personally. It would be a formidable way to connect different generations in the workforce!

Timing: 10 minutes
Group size: 8-50+
Supplies: Colored file cards, pens, timer, and sound makers

Watch about it here!

Debriefing Reflection:

If you wish to debrief it, here are some questions to ask:

  • What are some of the activities you shared?
  • What struck you about this exercise?
  • What did you learn about yourself?
  • What did you learn about others?
  • How can you apply the concept of this exercise to today’s session objectives?


If your group is smaller or timing is tight, only use three cards per person.

Related Resources:

Blog: Creating Group Guidelines for Terrific Teamwork
Blog: Ten Tried-and True Team Building and Trust Building Techniques
Blog: Are Learning Styles Really Going Out of Style

Barbara MacKay

Barbara loves “everything facilitation”. She thinks BIG! She loves working with other facilitators around the globe to create transformational results for client groups. She loves teaching others how to do that. She loves presenting at global facilitator conferences. She loves certifying new professional facilitators. If you also love what process facilitation can do for the world, connect with her – virtually or in person. She believes facilitation processes, used well, will provide the roadmap to a more just and sustainable world.

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