Group of people mingling together, as part of interactive ice-breaker which sets the tone called Elevator Air

Elevator Air

Powerful exercise to set the tone & teach responsibility.

  • Simple
  • Non-threatening
  • Inspires powerful metaphors
  • Sets the tone
  • No props

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5.00 avg. rating (89% score) - 1 vote

  1. Nick Atkin

    One of my all-time favourite, go-to activities. Great for helping to frame a multi-day expedition or outdoor program, I often use it on the first or second day if people are grumbling about needing to hike up that hill or (insert grumble topic here)…

    Certain things on an expedition are out of the group’s control (distance, terrain, companions, weather etc.) these can be compared with the distance across the circle and the group of people involved. Ultimately, the distance and group don’t change, but the collective attitude does and this is ultimately the decisive factor (contrast elevator scenario vs room full of friends scenario).

    Takeaway – attitude trumps circumstance

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