Virtual Team Building Events

Activity Description

Activity Overview

This activity helps the leader enlarge traditional notions of power by using prewritten “affirmations.”


  • To creatively traverse the use of affirmations.
  • To expand traditional notions of power.
  • To share views on power.

Training Methods

  • Reflection
  • Round-robin activity

Materials Needed

  • Power Thought Cards 
  • Chose two power sayings from the deck of cards and put each on a slip of paper to copy for each person.
  • Flipchart
  • Markers

Room Setup

Tables and chairs in any configuration.

Affirmations are usually helpful as participants expand their leadership potential because they remind us of the elements of our power that need work. This activity uses a deck of 64 power affirmation cards that consists of several kinds of affirmations (comfort with one’s age, comfort with one’s body, belief in balance in life, etc.). It helps to go through the deck before your session to choose only those cards that you think will help your group concentrate on the subject of power affirmation. You may write your own set of power affirmations as an option in this exercise. With
a new group, it is often easier to begin with prepared cards. Groups that have been working on affirmations and power for some time are often pleased to have the opportunity to create their own affirmation cards.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Introduce the activity by asking if anyone has ever used affirmation cards. Have volunteers explain what they think affirmations are. Write down the responses given on the flipchart.
  2. Introduce the concept of affirmations related to power. According to experts affirmations help people find their inner strength and share that you’ve chosen a few that will help them express themselves. Let’s look at one example together.”
    Let’s say you, hand participants, the first two-sided card, which says:


    Then ask participants to turn their card over and read the reverse:

    The past is over and done and has no power over me. I can begin to be free in this moment. Today’s thoughts create my future. I am in charge. I now take my own power back. I am safe and I am free.

    Ask, “What does this affirmation say to you? What action might you take as a result of this affirmation? Think of a business situation where this affirmation might be useful.” Solicit responses.

  3. Hold out the stack of cards, and give these directions: “Randomly take one card and see if it appeals to you. Read both sides and relate it to POWER as you understand the concept from our work today. Take a few minutes to write out the ACTION you might take as a result of this affirmation. We will be sharing these out loud with the group. You can ask for a second card if your first card does not resonate with you.”
  4. After approximately 5 minutes, say, “Let’s talk about our reactions to the Affirmations we chose, one at a time.” As participants do this, ask, “Who else would like one of these cards?” Let’s all look together at another affirmation.


    I ask for more understanding so that I may knowingly and lovingly shape my world and my experiences. (second side)

    “Again, what does this card mean, as it relates to Power?”

  5. Bring the activity to a close with a brief discussion. Ask, “What did you learn from this exercise, and how can you apply it to your job? Will your colleagues think that affirmations are foolish or hokey”? Let volunteers share their responses.

Activity Review

Take time shortly after conducting this activity to reflect on how it went, how engaged the participants were, and what questions they raised. Then, make notes that include how much time you actually spent on the activity.

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Basic Details
Property Type : Team Building
Listing Type : Placeholder
Activity Type : Team Building
Focus On : Having Fun, Leadership
Outcome Based : Yes
Facilities : Indoor
Props Required : Minor
Duration : 26+ minutes
Exertion Level : Low
Group Size : 1 - 8, 9 - 16, 17 - 30
Age : Adults