Last Updated on December 16, 2019

Duration and Cost

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • FREE game

Ice Breaker Exercise

Participants: Participants at the training event are asked to be creative and to create a story by using a set of images that are presented to them.

Purpose: This storytelling game can be used either as an ice-breaker, to get the attendees to get to know each other and to have fun developing a story, or as a corporate team building activity that gives those participating the chance to work together as a team.

Storytelling board
Example of images that can be used for a storytelling corporate game activity

Activity Instructions

1. Before the training day, create a set of A4 print-outs, each with its own set of 4 images. Make the images interesting and different but ideally, there would be some potential connection that can be used to develop a narrative between the images.

2. On the training day, separate the participants into groups of 4 people and hand each group one of the print-outs with the photos.

3. Give the groups 10 minutes to look at the photos and to create their own narrative that creates a story that connects the four images. Ask the groups to be as creative possible but to develop a story that could potentially be realistic in everyday life, albeit an unusual story. Ask them to avoid space and time travel and aliens.

4. After 10 minutes, ask the groups to stop writing.

5. Next, ask 1 person from each group to pin their storyboard (their A4 images) onto the board at the front of the room and to spend up to three minutes to tell the story of their images. Allow other groups to then suggest how they might have developed the story if they would have used the images differently.

6. Depending on the available time and number of groups, you do not need to select every group to present their story.

Free book with 25 ice breaker activities for corporate trainers.

Activity Benefits

The storytelling activity is a great corporate training activity in that it is a fun and very easy task for anyone to become involved it.

This activity also brings out the creative side of participants and some wonderful storytelling can evolve from this exercise.

When used for corporate training, this activity can be especially interesting in that you will often see participants who might not be natural leaders or who might sometimes be quiet, showing themselves to be highly creative and capable.

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Dr Paul Symonds

Paul is a trained researcher with a PhD in wayfinding. Paul is a co-founder of Symonds training. We focus on providing high-quality training materials packages and programs for trainers, classroom teachers and HR departments.

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