- Line up and close your eyes. One person puts a small sticker on the back of someone in the line.
- Start walking around the room.
- Try to find the person with the sticker on their back and copy that person’s movements, without making it obvious.
- Ask the person who thinks they have the sticker on their back to raise their hand.
Ask the whole group to line up again and close their eyes.
- The same person presses everyone’s back as if placing a sticker, without actually placing a sticker on anyone.
- Repeat steps 2 – 4.
- Everyone will have their hands up, thinking they are the only one with a sticker.
Notes: Discuss nonverbal communication and how it impacts people who think they have been singled out, when in fact they have not.
This exercise initiates an interesting discussion on herd mentality – a phenomenon where people are influenced by a group and follow its behaviour despite having differing (individual) opinions.
You can ask questions such as: If you thought you had the sticker on your back, how did you feel when people were not following you? Were you following everyone else? Why? Was there a particular dynamic which was established?