185 ___ Walk Into A Bar

Goal

How does exploring the unknown in a repetitive manner build confidence, support, and trust?

Level of Difficulty:

Beginner

Participants:

Group Game

Instructions: 

Structure

For this game, we will be creating simple puns (don’t worry, they don’t need to be funny or even make sense) using the following structure:

185 ___ Walk Into a Bar. Where ___ is any topic

The bartender says “we don’t serve ___ here”. Where you repeat the topic/prompt

Insert Punchline

Play

Stand in a loose circle. Someone starts by announcing a topic. Then, take turns coming up with prompts. For instance, the topic may be software developers.

185 software developers walk into a bar. Bartender says we don’t serve developers here. Developers say “well, we’ll just mark this place a zero”

185 software developers walk into a bar. Bartender says we don’t serve developers here. Developers are blocked from getting what they want.

185 software developers walk into a bar. Bartender says we don’t serve developers here. Developers note the 500 error.

Keep in mind, none of these are particularly funny. But they all connect to something we know about developers and draw connections to the vocabulary they may use.

After 3-4 turns, someone may suggest a new prompt. Repeat with a few prompts and ensure everyone has a change to go.

Practical Application:

How does it get easier to suggest responses the more we hear other people go?

Often times, we are worried about coming up with the right idea, or the best idea. Instead, how can we build on each other’s jokes and awaken new ideas by listening? How might we see the team’s success as our success?

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