Energisers For Conferences & Meetings

Written by Aaron Betesta

Laughtercise Owner & Facilitator of Fun

My name is Aaron and I would love to support you on your energy mission πŸ’₯

Because we’ve all been there haven’t we? Sat down at a conference or meeting trying not to fall asleep πŸ’€

And if you’re planning a meeting or conference, the last thing you want is your audience to fall asleep!

But look at you. You’re being proactive. You’re organising a meeting or conference and you’re researching energisers. You know how important it is to energise everyone (rather than hear them snoring).

I like you already. Give yourself a pat on the back βœ…

 

Why am I qualified to give you advice about energisers?

Laughtercise are suppliers of smiles 😁 We’re facilitators of feel-good πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈ We’re providers of energy ⚑

If you would you like your conference or meeting attendees to look like the people below, we’re the right people to turn to for some advice πŸ˜Β πŸ‘‡

 

team playing a team meeting energiserΒ  Β  team playing a team meeting energiser

team playing a team meeting energiserΒ  Β Β  team playing a team meeting energiser

team playing a team meeting energiserΒ  Β  Β  team playing a team meeting energiser

 

Below is a collection of knowledge and resources from our experience of delivering Laughtercise Corporate Team Building Workshops and Laughtercise Corporate Wellbeing Workshops.

We’ve got tips for conferences, meetings and online meetings…so feel free to jump to your preferred section from the below table. We’ve also answered the most common Google search queries for energisers.

 

⚑ Ready to be energised? ⚑

 

 

⭐ Top tips to energise a group ⭐

 

Let’s start with three simple and creative ideas for energising groups at meetings or conferences:

 

πŸ“ Use music. If you don’t utilise music, you’ll miss an opportunity (a very easy opportunity) to energise your group. Upbeat music, with a high tempo, is the best music to use as our neutrons fire in synchrony to the beat, which means happy music has an energising effect. According to recent research, music triggers the hormones oxytocin and serotonin, responsible for bonding and trust. As people enter your conference or meeting (and leave for breaks), pop some music on. Music is energy!

πŸ“ Mix things up.Β Don’t give everyone death by PowerPoint. If you want to watch an hilarious video about how not to use PowerPoint, check out this video by comedian Don McMillan. Have presentations and PowerPoint slides, but mix things up by inserting elements like video segments, brainstorming sessions and speeches from motivational speakers.

πŸ“ Get everyone on their feet. Research shows that exercise helps strengthen memory, aids concentration and – most importantly – increases energy levels. We’re not saying to get everyone doing burpees and sprints around the room, but shaking everyone’s senses up is a great idea to increase energy.

 

Conference Energisers

 

Great examples of conference energisers are activities like ‘Drawing Ahead’, ‘Heads or Tails’, ‘7,6,5,4,3,2,1’ and some ‘Seated Yoga’. These energisers have been tired and tested on thousands of conference attendees. They are designed for one thing…to energise!! ⚑

Instructions to all activities below πŸ‘‡

 

Drawing Ahead!

Fancy getting everyone to put a paper plate on their head and attempt to draw a picture?

This is a brilliant and bitesize conference energiser idea that can take less than 5 minutes if you prepare well. It will create a huge amount of feel-good and energy in your audience:

 

You will need:

πŸ“ 1 paper plate (or piece of card) and 1 pen per person (you can place them under everyone’s chair to save time)

Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Instruct everyone to put their paper plate on their headΒ 

πŸ“ Step 2 – Instruct everyone to draw a picture on the paper plate. You can pick what picture they draw. Maybe you’re talking about customer care and you can get everyone to draw a smiling customer. Or if it’s Easter, get them to draw an Easter egg

πŸ“ Step 3 – Instruct everyone to write their name underneath their drawing

πŸ“ Step 4 – Give them 1 minute and get them to draw!

πŸ“ Step 5 – After 1 minute, ask everyone to remove the plate and show to everyone around themΒ 

This is what your audience will look like playing this game πŸ‘‡

team doing a conference energiserΒ  Β  team doing a conference energiser

 

Heads or Tails?

This game is as simple as it gets for facilitation. It’s a great little activity to get everyone on their feet and it also creates a bit of competition.

 

You will need:

πŸ“ A coin (ideally a large coin like a 2p or 50p)

Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Get everyone standing up

πŸ“ Step 2 – Instruct everyone that you will be flipping a coin in the air. Tell them that, as it’s flipping, if you think it’ll land on heads, put your hands on your head. If you think tails, put your hand on your bottom. If you get it right, keep standing. If you get it wrong, sit down

πŸ“ Step 3 – Keep flipping until only one person is standing! (for large groups it will take longer)

 

7,6,5,4,3,2,1!

This activity requires a confident facilitator, but the impact will be well worth it! Check out a team doing this activity in a Laughtercise Corporate Wellbeing WorkshopΒ πŸ‘‡

 

You will need:

πŸ“ Nothing!

Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Get everyone standing up

πŸ“ Step 2 – Instruct everyone that you will be shaking off each limb and saying ‘7,6,5,4,3,2,1’ as you do it

πŸ“ Step 3 – Instruct everyone that after ‘7,6,5,4,3,2,1’ you’ll only do ‘6,5,4,3,2,1’ and so on right down to just ‘1’ for each limb!

This is the smiles and energy that this activity creates πŸ‘‡

person doing conference energiserΒ  Β  person doing conference energiser

 

Seated Yoga

Why not add some mindfulness and gentle exercise to your conference? That would surely energise the mind and body. Double whammy. We even have a 10-minute follow along session that you can utilise πŸ‘‡

Hands up if you love seated yoga! Check out what teams look like doing seated yoga in our Corporate Wellbeing Workshops πŸ‘‡

team doing conference energiserΒ  Β team doing conference energiser

 

Team Meeting Energisers

 

Great examples of team meeting energisers are activities like ‘Switch Hands’, ‘Drawing Ahead’ and some challenging opposite games to energise minds! These energisers are fun, different and creative.

Instructions to all activities below πŸ‘‡

 

Switch Hands!

This game will challenge and reinvigorate brain cells! How fast can you switch?? πŸ‘πŸ‘ˆ

Written and video instructions below πŸ‘‡

 

You will need:

πŸ“ Nothing! This game can be played anytime and anywhere!

Instructions for first activity:

πŸ“ Get everyone to do a ‘thumb up’ with their right hand

πŸ“ Get everyone to point their left index finger at their ‘thumb up’

πŸ“ Switch hands! Do ‘thumb up’ on left hand and index finger pointing with right hand

πŸ“ Keep switching! It’s harder than it sounds!

Instructions for second activity:

πŸ“ Get everyone to do the ‘perfect’ sign with their right hand

πŸ“ Get everyone to do the ‘perfect’ sign with their right hand AND a ‘peace’ sign with their left hand

πŸ“ Switch hands!

πŸ“ Keep switching! It’s harder than it sounds!

Check out a team of nurses playing this game and see the laughter it creates πŸ‘‡

 

Laughtercise Opposites Game

Now this game takes a bit of facilitation, but it’s a brilliant energiser idea for team meetings! The beauty of this game is that you can keep coming back to it throughout your meeting. You give commands and everyone has to do the opposite command. The nurses below are doing level 4 of our opposites game where clap/click and hoho/haha are opposite. Sounds a bit mad huh? But it works a right treat πŸ‘‡

 

You will need:

πŸ“ Nothing!

Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Instruct everyone that when you say ‘clap’, they have to clap. When you say ‘click’, they have to click

πŸ“ Step 2 – Make it opposite!

πŸ“ Step 3 – Add in ‘Move’ and ‘Freeze’. When you say ‘move’, everyone has to get dancing (get some music on!). When you say ‘freeze’, they have to freeze. But the ‘clap’ and ‘click’ remain opposite!

πŸ“ Step 4 – Make it opposite! Everything becomes opposite!

This is the smiles and energy that this activity creates in our sessions πŸ‘‡

team having fun in meeting energiserΒ  Β team having fun in meeting energiser

 

 

Drawing Ahead!

This is a brilliant 5-minute energiser! It will create a huge amount of feel-good and energy in your audience:

 

You will need:

πŸ“ 1 paper plate (or piece of card) and 1 pen per person. You can place them under everyone’s chair or on their table to save time

Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Instruct everyone to put their paper plate on their headΒ 

πŸ“ Step 2 – Instruct everyone to draw a picture on the paper plate. You can pick what picture they draw. Maybe you’re talking about customer care and you can get everyone to draw a smiling customer. Or if it’s Easter, get them to draw an Easter egg

πŸ“ Step 3 – Instruct everyone to write their name underneath their drawing

πŸ“ Step 4 – Give them 1 minute and get them to draw!

πŸ“ Step 5 – After 1 minute, ask everyone to remove the plate and show to everyone around themΒ 

 

This is what your audience will look like playing this game πŸ‘‡

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Seated Yoga

Why not add some mindfulness and gentle exercise to your meeting? That would surely energise the mind and body. Double whammy. We even have a 10-minute follow along session that you can utilise πŸ‘‡

 

Hands up if you love seated yoga! This is what your audience will look like πŸ‘‡

team doing conference energiserΒ  Β team doing conference energiser

 

Fun Energisers For Team Meetings

 

Ready to ramp up the fun? Great examples of fun energisers for team meetings are activities such as ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees, CUP’, ‘Pencil Pushers’ & ‘Tissue Mayhem’. These are guaranteed to go down a storm and bond your team!

They have been tried and tested on thousands of people in our Corporate Team Building Workshops. Some are pretty darn wild and unique! ⚑ Fancy getting your team looking like this? πŸ‘‡

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Head, Shoulders, Knees & CUP!

If your team are up for something wild, this game will create wild competition and huge smiles. Intrigued? Check out several teams in action playing this game πŸ‘‡

 

You can ramp up the fun by adding chocolate! Look how wild it got when a team battled it out for crème eggs

You will need:

πŸ“Β Paper cups (1 per two people)

πŸ“Β To line up tables so everyone can be facing each other (like in the videos)

Instructions:

πŸ“Β Instruct each person to face another person

πŸ“Β Tell everyone that you will be shouting out β€˜head’, β€˜shoulders’ and β€˜knees’ and they have to follow the instruction

πŸ“Β Tell everyone that when you shout β€˜cup’, they have to grab the cup. First person to grab it wins!

πŸ“Β Rotate everyone so they don’t continually face the same person

πŸ“Β Tell everyone to count how many wins they have!

πŸ“ The person who has the most wins, is the winner! Or, and this is exciting…you can have the two people who have the most wins compete in the ‘grand final’. Whoever wins, is the champion!

 

Check out pictures of people playing this game in our Laughtercise Sessions. Can you feel the energy? 😁

team having fun in meeting energiserΒ  Β team having fun in meeting energiser

team having fun in meeting energiserΒ  Β  team having fun in meeting energiser

 

Tissue Mayhem!

This game is messy. And pure mayhem. Would your team be up for it…? πŸ‘‡

 

You will need:

πŸ“ One tissue box per player (make sure its the similar kind of box to the one in the video)

πŸ“ Tables for the tissue boxes to be placed on

Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Decide on whether you’ll play this game all together or as a relay (like in the video)

πŸ“ Step 2 – Make sure you get the first tissue ready to be plucked from each box

πŸ“ Step 3 – Instruct each player that they can only use one hand to remove tissues (one hand to remove the tissues and the other hand on the box)

πŸ“ Step 4 – Instruct everyone that they can only remove 1 tissue at a time

πŸ“ Step 5 – Make sure no one does any digging with their hand to pluck out loads at once!

πŸ“ Step 6 – Get players started on your command and get ready for the mess! 😁

 

Check out pictures of people playing this game in our Laughtercise Corporate Team Building WorkshopsΒ πŸ‘‡

person playing team meeting energiserΒ  Β  person playing team meeting energiser

person playing team meeting energiserΒ  Β Β  team playing team meeting energiser

person playing team meeting energiserΒ  Β  Β  person playing team meeting energiser

 

Pencil Pouting & Pencil Pushers!

Which team member is the best pencil pusher? Who has the strongest pout?

Playing these games will answer these questions πŸ˜‚

Check out several teams having pencil fun! πŸ‘‡

 

Pencil Pushers Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Split your group into two teams (or more teams if you have more than 20 people)

πŸ“ Step 2 – Place one empty drinks bottle on a table for each team

πŸ“ Step 3 – Give two pencils to each person and instruct them to place the pencil like in the picture below

team posing in meeting energiser

πŸ“ Step 4 – Instruct everyone that they have to get both pencils into the bottle (like in the video)

πŸ“ Step 5 – Make sure you put some pencils in the water bottles before you start to weigh the bottles down

πŸ“ Step 6 – First team with all their pencils in the bottle wins 😁

 

Pencil Pouting Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Split your group into two teams (or more teams if you have more than 20 people)

πŸ“ Step 2 – Place one empty drinks bottle on a table for each team

πŸ“ Step 3 – Give a pencil to each person and instruct them to place the pencil like in the below picture πŸ‘‡

person posing in meeting energiser

For both games, you will need:

πŸ“ Two pencils per person

πŸ“ Two empty bottles (non-glass!), more if you have +20 people

 

You can also do a variation where every person has a pencil in their mouth! 😁

person posing in team meeting energiser

 

Check out pictures of people playing this game in our Laughtercise Corporate Team Building Workshops πŸ‘‡

team having fun in team meeting energiserΒ  Β Β  team having fun in team meeting energiser

team having fun in team meeting energiserΒ  Β  Β  team having fun in team meeting energiser

 

Energisers For Online Meetings

 

Below are some fun energisers for online meetings that we’ve tried and tested on thousands of people in our Laughtercise Online Corporate Team Building Workshops ⚑

 

Drawing Ahead!

This is a brilliant 5-minute energiser! It will create a huge amount of feel-good and energy at your meeting:

 

You will need:

πŸ“ 1 paper plate (or piece of card) and 1 pen per person

Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Instruct everyone to put their paper plate on their headΒ 

πŸ“ Step 2 – Instruct everyone to draw a picture on the paper plate. You can pick what picture they draw. Maybe you’re talking about customer care and you can get everyone to draw a smiling customer. Or if it’s Easter, get them to draw an Easter egg

πŸ“ Step 3 – Instruct everyone to write their name underneath their drawing

πŸ“ Step 4 – Give them 1 minute and get them to draw!

πŸ“ Step 5 – After 1 minute, ask everyone to remove the plate and show them to camera

 

Switch Hands!

This game will challenge and reinvigorate brain cells! How fast can you switch?? πŸ‘πŸ‘ˆ

Written and video instructions below πŸ‘‡

 

Laughtercise Opposites Game

Now this game takes a bit of facilitation, but it’s a brilliant energiser for online meetings! The beauty of this game is that you can keep coming back to it throughout your meeting. You give commands and everyone has to do the opposite command. The nurses below are doing level 4 of our opposites game where clap/click and hoho/haha are opposite. Sounds a bit mad huh? But it works a right treat πŸ‘‡

 

You will need:

πŸ“ Nothing!

Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Instruct everyone that when you say ‘clap’, they have to clap. When you say ‘click’, they have to click

πŸ“ Step 2 – Make it opposite!

πŸ“ Step 3 – Add in ‘Move’ and ‘Freeze’. When you say ‘move’, everyone has to get dancing. When you say ‘freeze’, they have to freeze. But the ‘clap’ and ‘click’ remain opposite!

πŸ“ Step 4 – Make it opposite! Everything becomes opposite!

 

FAQs: Conference & Meeting Energisers

 

How do you energise a group?

The best way to energise a group is to pick some Team Building Activities that give your team the chance to smile and have fun! 😁

Because, whether at a conference or a meeting, it is rather difficult to energise a group. Why? Because most meetings and conferences involve a lot of sitting. And listening. All in a nicely heated room. Add in 50 PowerPoint slides and you’ve got the ideal snooze situation πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€

If your audiences mental energy is low, what is said will – most likely – be forgotten.

And then the whole purpose of the conference or meeting is lost.

 

How do you energise at a conference?

The best way to energise at a conference is to add activities that shakes everyone’s senses up. The most effective mentality towards conference energisers is this… they achieve a goal. The goal is to increase concentration and energy levels. It’s easy to slip into the mentality of ‘energisers will take up precious time that we could use for presentations’. But what is the point of presenting information if everyone’s energy levels are low and nothing gets remembered? And conference energisers only have to last 5-minutes anyway. Would you sacrifice 5 minutes for a significant increase in concentration levels from your audience…?Β 

At several points, you almost want to do the opposite of what everyone has been doing in the conference.

Have there been lots of spoken presentations? Add in video segments ⚑

Has everyone been sitting down for a long period? Get them standing up for 5-minutes to do an activity ⚑

Has the room been dark for a long time? Put the lights on and do an activity ⚑

 

How do you energise a meeting?

The best way to energise a meeting is to add activities that help break up the different sections of the meeting. The most effective mentality towards meeting energisers is this… they achieve a goal. The goal is to increase concentration and energy levels. It’s easy to slip into the mentality of ‘energisers will take up precious time that we could use for presentations’. But what is the point of presenting information if everyone’s energy levels are low and nothing gets remembered? And you only have to have 5-minute energisers for meetings anyway. Would you sacrifice 5-10 minutes for a significant increase in concentration levels?Β 

 

How do you energise a virtual meeting?

The energising requirement doesn’t stop just because it’s virtual; if anything, it’s more important! The best way to energise a virtual meeting is to crack open the team building activities and give your team the chance to smile and have fun! Why would you add fun into a virtual meeting? Why WOULDN’T you?! Increased energy, team bonding, enhanced wellbeing, the list could go on and on.

 

How do you incorporate fun into a meeting?

The best way to incorporate fun into a meeting is to crack open the Team Building Activities and give your team the chance to smile and have fun! Why would you add fun into a meeting? Why WOULDN’T you?! Increased energy, team bonding, enhanced wellbeing, the list could go on and on.

 

 

More Energising Resources

 

Let’s keep the energy going! Check out our other resources below πŸ‘‡

 

Are you planning an away day soon?

Check out our top tips to smash your Corporate Away Day

 

Are you looking for more team building activity ideas?

Check out our complete guide to Team Building Activities

 

Fancy getting your team ⚑Laughtercised⚑ with one of our Corporate Team Building Workshops?

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happy team after laughtercise sessionΒ  Β happy team after laughtercise session

 

We’re the most impactful team building provider in the UK and here are 8 reasons why.

⚑ Click here to get your team Laughtercised ⚑

 

Have fun and keep the energy up! ⚑

From Aaron & Team Laughtercise

FAQ'S

Whether you’re looking for a unique hen do idea for your hen crew orΒ a corporate team building workshop for your team, a Laughtercise session is all about creating as many smiles and laughter in your group as humanely possible!

We’ve scoured the world for the best exercises, activities and games that bring out smiles and giggles.

We would love to tell you that we’ve invented loads of activities but we haven’t invented ANYTHING. We’ve taken the best that exists, combined it together and made it better…our very own original recipe.

Simple ideas, simple games, all facilitated expertly.

We deliver sessions in-person or online.

Is your room small? Is it large? Inside? Outside? We’ll be there! We will work around you.

For team building sessions, we can come to your office or away day location. For hen parties, we can come to your accommodation or a private room that you’ve booked.

πŸ“ Our Corporate Team Building Workshops vary from 10-minute energising conferences sessions to full away day sessions of 4hs

πŸ“ Our Corporate Wellbeing Workshops can vary in length from 1hr to 3hrs

πŸ“ Our Online Team Building Workshops can vary in length from 30mins to 1.5hrs

πŸ“ For online sessions, the attendee limit is 1000.

πŸ“ For in-person sessions, the only limit is how much room you have (the more the merrier!)

Our prices vary depending on the number of attendees, how long the session is for and where the session is held.

We can guarantee you this though…in terms of bang for buck, you’ll get a sonic boom πŸ’₯

Let’s get some time to discuss, get in touch πŸ˜€

Our Corporate Team Building Workshops have been described as β€˜the most fun I’ve ever had at work’ by Amazon employees and in a recent NHS study, 77% of NHS session attendees reported feeling less stressed after their Laughtercise session.

Hens love Laughtercise too πŸ‘‡

“It was so good, everyone loved it. We all highly recommend, the Laughtercise Team are an absolute dream. It was INCREDIBLE”

But the only way to truly find out, is to dive in and get smiling! 😁

We will rock your world ⚑

Yes, loads!

Take your pick πŸ‘‡

πŸ“Β Team Building ActivitiesΒ that you can facilitate in-house

πŸ“ Ideas to smash your Corporate Away Day

πŸ“ Energisers For Conferences

πŸ“ 5 Hen Party Games that you can facilitate yourself

πŸ“ NHS Staff Wellbeing resource for NHS wellbeing leads and staff

 

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