It’s hard to find effective team building ideas for large teams. There are many tried and true corporate activities for small groups. But when you’re trying to find team building ideas for several hundred or more, the choices are few. It may appear that there are lots of choices. For example, a scavenger hunt is done a lot for large group team building. But I’m not a big fan of that or other similar programs that are really just an afternoon out on the town. If you’re going to invest time and resources in a program, then it should be engaging and meaningful for the majority of your large group.
Team Building Ideas To Engage Large Groups
When I’m on the phone with a client, perhaps planning a team building program for five hundred people, they’ll ask if everyone will be engaged in the activity. The honest answer is no! You can’t pull everyone in on the same level. And that goes for teams of five or five hundred. But there are team building ideas that entertain, engage and provide group interaction for the majority of attendees. And for the reticent types who may not actively participate, they’ll be pulled in as observers and often provide great commentary during a program debrief.
Drumming can be a good team building activity for large groups. You can have a drum circle with a thousand people. But for this program to be real team building, it has to have context for your company. Make sure to choose a team building facilitator who will provide context, metaphor and relatedness to your organization’s goals.
Think With Your Hands is a variation of Lego team building. I’ve helped facilitate this with large groups and it’s quite scalable since you can have many tables of eight or ten people. Each table group will be engaged while experiencing small group interaction. Yet the take-aways can be shared in debrief with the larger group of attendees.
My own music team building program is surprisingly effective as a conference energizer with hundreds of people. Music evokes emotion and passion in all of us and is a great model for collaboration and innovative thinking. We enable large groups to act as one, creating their company story through song in an emotional and highly energized session.
There aren’t too many team building ideas for large teams. But there are some good ones out there worth considering.