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Debrief, Energiser / Warm up, Opening

Collaboration, Intragroup openness, Team – building

Active listening, Communication, Empathy

Up to 15 min, Up to 30 min

6-15 persons, 16 – 30 persons, More than 30 persons




In this short exercise, a group must count up to a certain number, taking turns in a random order, with no two people speaking at the same time. The task is simple, however, it takes focus, calm and awareness to succeed. The exercise is effective to generate calm and focused collective energy in a group.

Necessary tools (what you need)

  • Pick a videoconferencing tool of your choice.


  1. Explain the rules: The goal is to count to 20 (or the number of members in the group.) Only one person may say one number at a time. If two people speak at the same time, even for the slightest moment, the group must start over at number 1. The group has succeeded when they have counted up to the set number.

Tips & Tricks

  • This exercise is very challenging to do successfully online, and may fail. That is okay: the failure itself can be instructional! Debrief this exercise to highlight some examples of good online meeting etiquette, and to emphasis the importance of good communication.

The exercise is successfully completed when? Conclusion?