SVUISJ – SPOING: A fun little concentration exercise which gives energy to a group. It works well in the very beginning of a course or a conference. The purpose of this exercise is concentration, group focus and laughing together. Best suitable for groups of 6 – 20 persons. Time of this exercise is approximately 5 minutes.

SVUISJ-SPOING
SVUISJ-SPOING

Type:
Energizer

Purpose:
– Concentration

– Group focus 
– Laugh together

Time: 
Approximately 5 minutes

Group size: 
Best suited for group size 6-20

Instructions: 
1. Stand in a circle so everyone can see each other. 

2. Make a pendulum swing with your arms against the person to your right and say “SVUISJ”. The person on the right sends the message to the next, which sends it on until it has come full circle. 
3. Send “SVUISJ” around a few times until you are sure that everyone has understood it.
4. Now you introduce next level, which is a “Spoing”. A “Spoing” get “SVUISJ” to change direction. A “Spoing” made by you turning to the person who sends “SVUISJ” to you, “shoot” your stomach out and pull your arms back while you loudly say “Spoing” (like a ball being sent back by a racket). “SVUISJ” now changes direction. 

5. Once you have all mastered this, you can create a “BANG”. With a bang, you can send the message across the circle. You can not use a “BANG” on people next to yourself because you need to say either “SVUISJ” or “Spoing” at this point. A “BANG” is created by a person by aiming a finger at someone on the other side of the circle and saying “BANG”. A “BANG” can only be sent when you receive a “SVUISJ” or “Spoing”. 
6. Continue until you do not want to play any more, or let people leave the circle as they make mistakes.

Hint: 
1. If you are really tough, you can have multiple “SVUISJ”s going at the same time. 
2. Introduce new opportunities, for example a “ZAK” which means that the message passes someone. 
3. Make the game harder. For example one can trade places with the one you “BANG”.

Why use energizers in a meeting:
In an time with far too many boring and ineffective meetings where we spend endless hours glued to a chair, energizers and power mingling exercises are effective and diverse means to jumpstart energy and group dynamics. …

More info about energizers:
Bo Krüger, Moving Minds

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A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.