You want to host your own interactive and fun zoom experience without breaking the bank. Since March, I have shifted to virtual magic shows over zoom and learned a lot about what works best in a zoom environment. I will give you 4 great options for games you can easily add to your zoom party today!
Trivia is always fun and interactive with a full team, and it gives you an excellent excuse for office giveaways. An easy way for you to run trivia yourself is just with PowerPoint and some paper! You can build all your trivia questions into slides on a PowerPoint and simply share your screen in zoom. Your attendees can all answer by using a stack of paper and a marker. I suggest using a marker over a pen because it's way easier to read online.
2. Scavenger Hunt
You will be laughing for days after trying a virtual scavenger hunt. This has been one of my favourite games when producing a virtual event when there is a prize giveaway. The idea is to have everyone on camera grab something from their home or workspace and show it onscreen. I have done things like:
First-person to grab a pack of bacon
The first person to put on all their winter gear
First-person to bring an animal
I have learned you need to prepare everyone for what is about to happen, so no one hurts themselves from playing this game - that's real.
3. Improv Games
Boost your team's creativity with some easy improv games that involve everyone! Sometimes improv can sound a little scary, but it's a lot of fun, easy, and you'll be surprised by who on your team turns into a star!
Pass it on:
To play "pass it on," you start with an imaginary object, describe one thing about it and then pass it virtually to someone else. For example, "I have this shiny red apple and I am going to pass this to Lori." Lori would respond, "Thanks for the shiny red apple. I have a handful of hot goey caramel sauce - here you go Bill!" Bill would then continue the game. End the game when it feels like everyone has had enough.
StoryTime is very similar to pass it on, but we will continue with the same story. For example, I will start with, "The day started when Roger Rabbit jumped out of bed, and he fell down the stairs." I would then ask Abbey to continue the story, "Once he hit the bottom of the stairs, the front door swung wide open!" Keep passing the story along until you feel like this game has been exhausted.
4. Board Games
Maybe you have already thought of this one. Dig into your board games and see if you can make them work over the internet! Pictionary, Hangman, Trivial Pursuit, there are a lot of options here.
You now have 4 simple ideas for games that you can easily add to your next zoom party. All of these are completely free and only require your imagination. I think that has been one of the big takeaways from this change in how we do business - stay creative.
"Everything you can imagine is real."