There are many elements to a session that are very important, none more so than Team building. Team building is the first activity you will engage in and it is very important.
What is team building?
Team building is a HUGE part of EYP sessions. Through games, brain teasers, puzzles and just plain silly songs, team building gets everyone involved. A few team building games favoured by EYP include the Human Knot, Street Fighters, Ninja, the Bear Hunt song and thousands of others, which you will get the chance to try out at this session.
Why do we do team building?
Team building gives delegates the opportunity to meet an array of new people with whom, through the many different styles of games and activities, they can feel comfortable talking to and debating with. The committees that delegates are split up into will have a member of each different delegation in them, giving them access to all other delegations, making it easier to communicate with other delegates.
Different games and activities have different aims, there are name games, getting to know you games, energisers, trust building games, problem solving activitiesand blind block games. They demonstrate to delegates the need to cooperate within a team and show the way to achieving a goal even under certain challenging circumstances. Though the games and activities are all fun and exciting, they each add to a delegates overall experience and ability to work effectively in a team. This is greatly beneficial in General Assembly as, to successfully debate in a delegation a school must be able to communicate ideas effectively and give constructive feedback. Working with people from different delegations during teambuilding gives them a fresh perspective on team equilibriums and dynamics ensuring that when debating with their own delegation that they are more aware of trying to maintain equalities and a clear perspective.
The teambuilding may, at times, seem extremely silly, but the comfort a delegate gains from losing their inhibitions through acting the fool, guarantees that in GA they will feel at ease stating their opinions and opposing views. Teambuilding in essence gives delegates the confidence to be themselves, improve cooperation and make new friendships with the knowing fact that all the other delegates are in the same situation, dispersing over competitiveness in doing so.
Once the fun and silliness of team building is over, the next element of the National session sees committees getting down to work – Time for committee work!