Training Tip

This training tip is a team-building activity you can use with your training classes or existing teams in the call center or virtually.

Stranded on a Island

This is a team-building activity that asks people to identify one object they would bring if they were stranded on a deserted island.  Each person discusses why they would bring the object. Within groups, people decide how to improve their chances of survival by combining various objects.

Use this activity to help people get to know each other better.  Give each group the following instructions: “Unfortunately, you will be relocated and stranded on a deserted island for an indefinite amount of time.  You may only bring one item to the island, and you only have a few minutes notice.  What will you bring that will help enhance your chances of survival? Share with your group your object, why you chose it, and what you plan to do with it.”

Have each person briefly share their item, why it is important to them, and what they plan to do with it. After everyone has shared, instruct the groups to figure out how they can improve their chances of survival by combining the items in creative ways.  Allow ten to fifteen minutes of brainstorming time, and then have each group present their ideas.  Give a prize to the winner (most creative group) if desired.