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Back to Back

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This is an energetic improv game that can be used anytime during a training session. My favourite time to use it is at the end of a session for debriefing. Participants pair up and stand back-to-back. The facilitator asks a question. The participants turn around and face each other and take turns sharing their responses.
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To encourage reflection and debriefing of a training session. To provide an opportunity for structured sharing and networking in an active and fun fashion.


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  • Whistle or another attention-getting device



  1. Pair-up participants. Ask each pair to stand back-to-back. If there is an extra person, they can form a group of three.
  2. Ask a debriefing question. Some debriefing questions you may want to consider are:
  • What do you think was the most important point in today's session?
  • What do you think will be the most challenging idea to implement when you go back to the workplace?
  • What do you think will be the easiest idea to implement when you go back to the workplace?
  • Which idea do you think will receive the most resistance?
  • Which idea will you implement first?
  • What questions do you still have about this topic?
  • Reflect on the question. Ask each student to reflect on the question and prepare a response.
  • Blow the whistle. Ask each participant to turn around and face their partner.
  • Identify who will start the conversation. Use this selection process as an opportunity for the participants to learn a little known fact about each other. For example you might say:
    • The person whose birthday is next in the calendar year will share first.
    • The person who travels the furthest to work will share first.
    • The person who has the most, (oldest, youngest) children (pets, car) will share first.
  • Identify time limitations. Tell the participants they each have about 30 seconds to share.
  • Blow the whistle. After about one minute, blow the whistle and ask the participants to find a new partner and stand back to back.
  • Ask a new question. Continue as above. If time allows, ask three to five questions.
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