Zip-Zap-Zoom is a good meeting starter, especially for new teams. It brings energy to the room and the activity dynamics helps participants remember each other’s names.


Running the activity:

  1. Ask the team to form a circle, and each participant to close their hands while pointing index fingers.
  2. Explain the rules to participants: Each participant should, in their turn, give a verbal command and point to a receiver. The verbal command should be one of the following:
    * Zip: Point to the person exactly at your side, keeping the previous direction.
    * Zap: Point to the person exactly at your side, changing the previous direction.
    * Zoom: Point to anyone in the circle, saying their name. The receiver should decide the direction for the next movement in their turn.
  3. Ask a participant to make the first movement, giving one of the verbal commands and choosing the initial direction (clockwise or counterclockwise).


This activity not only is a good energizer but also pushes participants to focus, and helps them remember each other’s names. For extra fun, have some markers for when a participant executes a wrong command and get them to buy snacks afterwards.


Remote-team advice: This activity works well for remote teams. Ask people to follow the alphabetic order of names and follow it for the activity.