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Powerful Reflection Matrix: What Does It Look, Sound & Feel Like?

The KISS principle (keep it simple, stupid) suggests that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore, simplicity should…

Powerful Reflection Matrix: What Does It Look, Sound & Feel Like?

The KISS principle (keep it simple, stupid) suggests that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore, simplicity should…

Icebreakers for Students – Gotcha Energiser

I know this post is titled ‘icebreakers for students,’ but honestly, the activity I’m about to share with you WILL WORK with any group you…

5 Non-Traditional Icebreaker Games for Small Groups

Following last week’s post, here are some non-traditional icebreaker games for small groups that are super fun and unlikely to provoke your participants’ eye-rolls or…

Icebreaker Games for Small Groups

Have you noticed that most icebreakers seem to be designed for large groups, ie groups of 20 or more people? In this post, you will…

NEW – Connectiles 2 Team Puzzle

The original Connectiles team puzzle is one of playmeo’s most popular teambuilding activities. A colourful and fun team puzzle featuring more than 80 clues, it…

Top 60 Facilitator Tips & Strategies

Whether you’re a new or experienced program leader, there are always lots of questions. Indeed, as I look back over the course of my 34+…

Free Instructions for 530+ Icebreakers, Energisers & Teambuilding Activities

We all love something for free. So, if you’re looking for step-by-step instructions to lead 100s of icebreakers, energisers and teambuilding activities that cost you…

3 x Fun Home Group Activities

This article strikes at the heart of one of the most common uses of interactive group games & activities – designing a program that will…

2 x Quick & Easy Icebreakers for Meetings

Continuing the series of videos I have produced with good friend and colleague Chad Littlefield, this week’s post highlights two of our all-time favourite icebreakers…

Why Playing Group Games & Activities Is Valuable: Use Case #1

Have you wondered – or perhaps even been pushed to explain – why playing group games & activities can be useful? This post is all…

What Are The Best Teambuilding Activities?

Ah, this is such a great question that I have been asked countless times throughout my career. “Hey Mark, tell me, what do you think…

Games to Welcome Students Back to School

Returning to school can be an anxious time for many students (and teachers.) In this article, you will learn some of the most effective group…

Energisers for Large Groups

In just a few moments, you’ll learn some of my all-time favourite energisers for large groups.   Context First   Picture this. You’re standing in…

NEW – playmeo + We&Me Video Series

Announcing the latest collaboration between playmeo and We&Me. Chad Littlefield and Mark Collard (me) have teamed up this year to produce dozens of videos that…

Inclusive Ways to Address People & Groups

This is not a pitch for political correctness. It’s about respect. I want to share with you a few simple, practical ways I have learned…

Happy Holidays 2023

This is just a quick note to thank you and wish you all the best for this holiday season, no matter how you celebrate this…

Meet Jade, playmeo’s Newest Team Member

Everybody, meet Jade. Jade, meet everyone. I am so excited to introduce Jade Lapuz to playmeo’s learning community, taking on the essential role of Membership…

How We Practice is How We Play

As one of my last posts for the year, this week’s nugget of wisdom is HUGE. Chatting with my coach the other day, he told…

What Does It Mean to Trust the Process?

Trust me, I’m a doctor. We’ve all heard this phrase before and have possibly applied its essence to our work. In the game I play…

How Do You Prep for a Gig?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the difference between someone who plans on the run and another who strictly follows an agenda they developed…

Why Does Play Matter? Podcast Interview

During my recent trip to the United States, I had the opportunity to spend a few days with the good folks at Paradigm Shift, particularly…

The Collective Genius

Here’s another jewel of wisdom that landed with a thump last week from my executive coach… Isolation is a growth killer – it keeps you…

Should You Play Icebreaker Games Midway Through the Year?

Some years ago, the Partnership for 21st Century Education* conducted a meta-analysis of all of the research that had been published that focused on the…

How To Break a Group of 200 People into 9 Smaller Teams

This week, we turn to a common problem many leaders encounter when working with large groups. As recently described by a playmeo member: How can…