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Top 6 Communication Exercises for Teams

Communication is a crucial skill for any team. You can help nurture that skill with these 6 communication team building activities! Read to learn more.

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We’ve all been there: you’re re-hashing a disagreement with a team member only to realize that you were actually on the same page all along. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, there was a communication breakdown. 

Was the rest of the team not good at active listening? Did you fail to serve as an effective communicator? Were both parties simply failing to practice empathy towards one another? In most workplaces, communication breakdowns result from a combination of the above and more. However, all hope is not lost! The fact is that good communication is a muscle that only gets stronger the more that you work it. 

Luckily for you, at Confetti, we offer virtual games and experiences focused on beefing up those communication muscles.

How team building activities improve communication 🤔

Team building activities are activities that engage members of a team in a fun and educational way while encouraging team-wide communication. 

All while having a good time together, teams develop the communication skills needed to:

  • Increase productivity
  • Build trust
  • Improve leadership skills
  • Engage in problem-solving
  • Reduce conflict in the workplace

A group that can stand in a circle and works towards a common goal is much more equipped to understand each team member’s strengths and growth opportunities.

What is a good communication exercise?

TL;DR - Top 4 team building activities for better communication skills 🏆

Regardless of the number of people on a team, important messaging can get lost in translation. 

Communication exercises are exercises in which a team focuses on the efficacy of its exchange of information. Through intentional communication exercises, teams can mitigate misinformation and messaging delays.

When we say “team building activities to improve communication in the workplace,” chances are you’re picturing a small group standing in a circle writing their two truths and a lie on index cards. But we cannot stress enough — it’s SO much more than that!

So, let’s paint communication exercises for teams in a new light:

6 communication team building activities & ideas 📣

1. Communication Skills Workshop 🙋

There are no dumb questions. But some questions are a little better than others. 

This interactive workshop focuses on communication skill-building. And, if you couldn’t tell by the title, this activity hones in on the power of questioning. 

Here your team will develop better questioning techniques to create more productive conversations and build powerful connections between team members. This experience highly encourages participants to engage throughout the session. In the end, we’ll follow up with key takeaways that your team can use well into the future!

How to get started 👉 Start practicing in a Communication Skills Workshop!

2. Empathy Water Cooler 💙

“I want to know my co-workers better. I just don’t know where to start!”

If you’ve ever had this thought, then this activity is perfect for you.

In this activity, team members are randomly matched with a group member and given turns to answer and hear their colleagues’ answers to empathy-focused questions like “When are you overwhelmed at work?” and “What are your nonverbal warning signs that you wish others knew?” ‍

Once team members have exchanged answers in small randomized groups in breakout rooms, they are encouraged to share what they’ve learned about themselves and their colleagues with the entire team in the main room. 

Empathy is a vital skill to have, especially for your coworkers. When employees feel connected to their team, they’re more likely to communicate and collaborate effectively.

How to get started 👉 Build stronger connections with an Empathy Watercooler Workshop!

3. Think Faster 💨

“Wait, I thought the only way to listen actively was to slow down?”

Brush up on your verbal communication skills through activities led by professional improvisers. These quick-thinking, problem-solving activities are tailored to your team’s specific growth opportunities and company culture. Past groups have used these skill sets as guideposts for:

  • Improving communication skills
  • Sharpening problem-solving skills
  • Encouraging adaptability and flexibility

Oh, and did we mention this experience was created by Shannon O’Neill? The former Artistic Director of Uprights Citizens Brigade, the same company where Amy Poehler kicked off her career? You may have seen her work in Broad City (Comedy Central) or High Maintenance (HBO).

Yeah, it’s pretty legit. 

How to get started 👉 Get ready for quick wit and hearty laughs in Think Faster!
Think Faster by Confetti

4. DEI Conversations at Work 💬

What’s a helpful way to address conflict through effective communication? This experience is. 

Here, two professional educators will lead your group through the Forum Theatre technique to practice conflict resolution. Your crew will serve as both spectators and actors in the real-life scenarios this workshop takes you through. 

This course blends diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives with professional development. In it, you can expect: 

  • An intro & icebreaker game to foster unity and community before diving into the main focus of the experience
  • A dynamic performance scene about diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Open reflection and discussion about potential solutions & even about feelings the scene evokes
  • A re-enactment of the earlier scene where your team can participate and apply the previously discussed solutions
How to get started 👉 Tackle tough conversations and overcome challenges as a team in DEI Conversations at Work.

5. Plug and Play Mixer 📱

Our social mixer experience includes fast-paced, hosted micro games that will get your whole team bonding and learning about each other on a much deeper level.

This game encourages personal and group sharing through individual personal prompts, group shares, and a team game! Through a variety of activities, this experience is perfect for groups looking for a non-competitive way to let their unique personalities shine as they form stronger connections with their teammates.

Getting to know your team more personally is a crucial step in creating happy, engaged teams with a greater sense of community and job satisfaction.

How to get started  👉 Plug into the getting-to-know-you fun with a Plug and Play Mixer
Virtual Plug and Play Mixer by Confetti

6. Sign Language Workshop

Get your team together to learn some ASL through a variety of interactive activities and icebreakers!

Your sign language instructor will teach your team common words, phrases, and sign language facts. A sign language workshop is a great way to not only learn sign language basics but also how to communicate nonverbally and learn more about your colleagues. 

This experience is a great opportunity for teams to improve their communication skills around emotional expression and body language, as well as raise visibility for the Deaf community.

How to get started 👉 Sign what you mean in a Sign Language Workshop!
Virtual Sign Language Workshop by Confetti

Build your team's communication skills with Confetti 💪

At Confetti, unforgettable team building activities are the name of the game. With the help of our virtual activities, teams can come together to improve their communication skills and have a good time.

P.S. Need help planning the best event yet? Reach out to [email protected] or message us directly on our website!
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Frequently Asked Questions ❓

What are communication games? 🧐

Communication games are games in which teams must practice active and nonverbal communication skills and conversation skills to be successful. Our communication games emphasize the importance of communication while being fun and engaging.

What is a good communication exercise? 🤔

A good communication exercise is any exercise that encourages team members to focus their efforts on achieving the most effective and efficient exchange of information.

What is the best communication game for Zoom? 🤨

Gone are the days of the whole team huddling around a single piece of paper and tallying the final scores in a team building game. Instead, play Virtual Taboo with your team to celebrate what Zoom is capable of.

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