Punctual Paulo is a quick activity to help team members remember each other’s names.

Running the activity:

  1. Ask the participants to think about an adjective that begins with the same letter as their name.
  2. Form a circle and ask each participant to say their name with the adjective, in turns. Fo exemplare: “Hi, I’m Punctual Paulo”.
  3. After all the participants speak, ask them to go clockwise telling the name and adjective for the person at their side.
  4. After a few turns, ask the participants to repeat step 3 going counterclockwise.


Besides sharing some laughs and breaking the ice, this activity will also help the team associate people’s names with an adjective, making it easier to remember them.


Remote-team advice: This activity works well for remote teams. Share a remote board with the participants, then ask everyone to enter their name/adjective. Organize the names in a sequence and follow it, asking each participant to say their name/adjective out loud. After the last name, go back to the first and repeat a few times.