Mind Meld – Creativity Exercise

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The best team-building exercises not only help you build relationships with your peers, but also helps you achieve another outcome.

Mind Meld is a great improv warm-up that helps you think creatively while also getting to know your fellow players better.

The exercise requires two or more people. The goal is for two people in the group to reach the same word at the same time.

Two people start. The entire group counts down, “3, 2, 1.” After “one,” Players 1 and 2 say any word they want. A person, place, thing, idea, palindrome, whatever they want.

Next up is Player 2 and Player 3 (or Player 1 again if only two people). After processing these two things, the group counts down, “3, 2, 1.” After “one,” Players 2 and 3 say any word they want, associating off of the two words just said. This repeats around the group until two people say the same word at the same time.

Example (from Improv Resource Center):
Group: 3, 2, 1!
Player 1: France | Player 2: Monument

Group 3, 2, 1!
Player 2: Eiffel Tower | Player 3: Eiffel Tower

NOTE: It doesn’t usually go this fast 😉

Tips:

  • You cannot repeat any words that have been said in that round.
  • It helps to encourage players to think of what word exists between both words that were said.
  • Go for speed. People sometimes want to think for a long time about their word, but it works better saying the first thing that comes to mind.
  • You can see it in action here.

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