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Why Do (Some) Icebreakers Fail to Break the Ice?

I cringe every time I see this happen. You’ve sat patiently in a room filled with a bunch of strangers, making idle small talk where…

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My Favourite Group Decision-Making Exercise

Every group problem-solving activity affords ample opportunities for a group to make decisions, eg What idea to run with, Who goes first, What to do…

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Walking Is Controlled Falling

Earlier this week, I came across the words of organisational psychologist and author Adam Grant: “Feeling unsteady is not a sign of instability. It’s often…

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Super-Fun, Non-Traditional Energisers & Ice-Breakers

Members often ask me to list or describe my favourite Go-To activities for various program settings and objectives. And of these, one of the most…

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Facilitating Experiential Learning Online

I think for many experiential educators, the COVID19 pandemic caused a seismic shift in their understanding of how experiential learning could be delivered in a…

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NEW – Community Learning Space

It’s here. We are so excited to announce that playmeo’s new community learning space is live and open. Click on the COMMUNITY tab located in…

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Lead with a Dash of Play: Podcast

If you like to consume fresh content via a Podcast, I’d love to introduce you to a brand new Podcast series called Lead with a…

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What To Do With 40 People Arriving Slowly Over 20 Minutes?

A member wrote to me this week to ask: What ‘unofficial start’ ideas do you have to occupy a group of 40 students who arrive…

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Back-To-School Activity Ideas that Help Students Reconnect

Over the next month or two, tens of millions of students will return to classes across the northern hemisphere. Summer is a long break, but…

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Kintsukuroi & How Groups Can Celebrate Failure

There’s an ancient Japanese philosophy that, I think, is particularly pertinent for many groups that are experiencing growing pains. You know, those groups that don’t…

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Less is More

It seems like a weird thing to say, but less is more. Counterintuitive, right? I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase before, and I think most…

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Ten Years Young

Today, the 12th of July is the 10th anniversary of playmeo.com. As the founder and developer of this ever-expanding online activity database, ten years seem…

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4+ Activities to Explore Unconscious Bias

Do you know this story? A man and his son are driving in a car one day when they get into a fatal accident. The…

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Mid-Year Activity Update

For a while there, I managed to give you, dear reader, a monthly glimpse of the latest and greatest activity ideas that had just been…

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Struck or Stuck?

Need a really simple reflection question? Try this quick, easy and surprisingly insightful technique that will invite reflection at the end of your group’s learning…

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Are You Better Off?

Australia has just experienced a seismic shift in our political landscape as a result of last month’s federal election. Don’t worry – this article is…

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8 Activity Ideas that Explore Organisational Change

Most weeks, a lot of my time is spent corresponding and/or chatting with playmeo members all over the world helping them solve problems and search…

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Why Are We Playing Games?

If you use group games and activities to help people connect, I’m sure that some version of the question – Why are we playing games?…

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Come Learn Experiential Learning with Me

Ready to take your experiential design and delivery skills to the next level and gain confidence in ALL areas of experiential learning? If that’s a…

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Counterintuitive Feedback Question

As a young student, I did okay at school. I regularly scored well on tests and the like and would come home with excellent reports….

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How To Increase Engagement with Virtual Audiences

The number one thing most teachers and trainers tell me when we discuss their most pressing problems is how difficult it is to engage their…

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Pizza & PE

One of the most basic no-no’s of any program delivery, especially online, is to eat a meal while presenting. It can be messy, some may…

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7 Attention-Getting Ideas Without Raising Your Voice

One of the first things I learned about working with groups, especially large groups outdoors, was the need to look after my voice. Simply raising…

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Do You Have Any Case Studies That Showcase Your Work?

A colleague asked me this week: What do you do when a client asks you to share case studies to verify the effectiveness of your…

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