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Build Trust & Empathy

Fun group games & activities are one of the most powerful ways to build trust and empathy

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One of the best and most enjoyable ways to build the trust and empathy of a group is to involve them in a series of experiential-based group games and activities. These types of activities are naturally fun and engaging, and when presented as part of a carefully-sequenced program of experiences, can positively build and strengthen relationships.

Research clearly shows that groups which invest the time and resources to intentionally build trust and empathy will see a marked improvement in their overall performance. Happily, most groups also report increases in their satisfaction on many levels – greater participation, improved morale and wellbeing.

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How To Build Trust & Empathy

There is an art and a science to the design and delivery of trust-building programs.

The most successful programs which intentionally aim to build and strengthen relationships often feature:

  • A series of carefully-sequenced experiential-based activities;
  • Facilitation which embraces a powerful philosophical framework, that is fun, honours choice and values everyone’s contribution;
  • Opportunities for leadership, trust, communication and group co-operation to emerge;
  • Frequent opportunities for the group to reflect on what they have experienced, how they felt and what they learned;
  • Elements of challenge, risk and adventure (ie unexpected outcomes;) and
  • Focus on the process, and not just the task at hand.

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Activities Which Build Trust and Empathy

The images below provide links to a sample of fun, engaging and challenging group activities which focus on building trust, drawn from playmeo’s popular activity database.

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Poker Face

Trust exercise that focuses on inclusion & diversity.

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Are You More Like

Series of questions which help identify difference.

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River Crossing

Classic team puzzle that focuses on critical-thinking.

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Emoji Cards

Useful set of emotive cards to encourage fun & reflection.

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Climer Cards

Fun deck of cards to inspire team-building & creativity.

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Making Connections

Simple ice-breaker to connect group members to others.

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Paper Holding

Dynamic team-building exercise, ideal for small groups.

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Paired Share Debrief

Simple, non-threatening strategy to invite sharing.