As at the time of penning this post, I checked the Whatsapp Groups I have and it totaled 34 in all. I did not even realize I had been removed from 2 of these groups due to inactivity. However, I am an admin in like 10 of these groups and I have to ensure activities in all. When I mean activities, not just some random conversation but quality conversations to make people stay active and achieve the group’s set goals.
Whatsapp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps you can use on your phones, PC or tablets. There was a time it wasn’t a thing because people were worried about everyone having access to their phone number. But that’s not the case now, especially for business owners and brands. It has become a good medium to reach out to customers and business associates.
Before I go blabbing on and on like I was forced into these groups, I would quickly tell us about Whatsapp Groups. These groups are mostly created to foster relationships, communication and continuity between 3 or more people. We have school, church, mosque, bloggers, BFFs, Initiatives, Executives, Admins, Estates, Alumni, Family, Memes, Work amongst many other Groups.
Most of these groups are created with specific reasons but after a while, it suffers and becomes a ground to banter words, fight and become sworn enemies. It is never easy convening people together and expecting everyone to reason along the same line, hence the reason for constant friction and death of most Whatsapp Groups.
Depending on the purpose of your group, especially if it is a group created to share important information or agree on a cause, you don’t really need to worry about making it fun. Simply because the kind of people in such groups have no time for games. Besides, too much of games and unrelated activities would defeat the group’s purpose. But if it’s for Alumni, Family, Friends, Bloggers and the likes, then take a seat as I take you on this ride.
#1: Truth or Dare
This is a very interesting ice breaker and it also help to know more about yourselves. Considering the fact that most of you haven’t seen in months, this will help bring a lot of people out of their shell. And you would find a lot of people wanting to participate. Games like this also connect people with similar lifestyle and you’d be surprise how this will make the group more fun.
#2: Sell Yourself
One thing most of us tend to forget quickly is that while we are convening for a cause on a group, we also have people who have accepted to join for the purpose of networking. So it is very important to set aside some days to make people talk about what they do and help them network with potential clients or customers.
#3: Guess Game
I stole this idea from a friend and yet to subject it to test, lols. But if you have a group where you all know each other well, this should blow your mind. Find someone to be in charge, every other person will send their pictures from within the ages of 0-9 to the person. This person will then share on the group and ask others to guess who it is. You can even attach a gift for the winner.
#4: Kiss, Marry and Kill
This always cause raucous in groups but trust me, you’d love it. It mostly generate more lines of conversations in groups, interestingly. And you’d be surprise to come back and meet 1,000 messages from your Whatsapp Groups. You can play this in turns and one person will be asked to choose who he/she will kiss, marry or kill.
#5: Throwback Pictures
This was recently done on one of my Whatsapp Groups. We were asked to do a collage of a before and now picture, the most hilarious poster gets to win a box of pizza. You need to see all the hilarious pictures that was shared. However, yours truly won. Below is one of the pictures I shared, and don’t you dare laugh at me, hehehehee.
#5: ‘Would You Rather’ Whatsapp Groups Game
Have you read or heard about questions that start with ‘Would You Rather…?’ I follow such on Josephyina’s blog and I always enjoy them. Questions like this can be shared every morning. It’s a good bait to start a day and you’d hear different opinions on this that would leave everyone one reflecting more about issues and discussing it. Questions like this include: Would you rather marry a rich ugly man or a broke cute man? Would you rather be famous when you are alive and forgotten when you die or unknown when you are alive but famous after you die? Would you rather live in the wilderness far from civilization or live on the streets of a city as a homeless person?
#6: Hold an Online Class
There are some of you who are extremely skilled in an activity. Why don’t you hold a class to share this knowledge with others for free. You’d be surprised at how many people crave that knowledge and how much more are vast in such.
#7: Share Memes
In my country Nigeria, twitter is like the real deal. Almost every week, there’s always a trending issue that comes with memes. You can pick a few from the street of twitter and share on your groups for laughter and ice breaking purpose.
#8: Plan A Physical Meet up
You know those groups where y’all only met on the group? After a long time of sharing cute bond from getting to know each other, disagreeing, understanding yourselves better, learning more about each other’s weakness and strengths. Don’t you think it is time to put a face to the names. Studies have shown that when people meet, it foster better relationships between them. Hence, agree on a date and a location suitable for everyone. You can meet over lunch, dinner, events or games.
P.S: There are some people who will never participate no matter how much you try to make the group active. Do not let them deter you from what you are doing. Some people are wired like that and it is not your fault.
Which of these games have you tried? Is there any you are currently doing and how much fun is it? What do you do to ensure active participation on your groups? If you ever get to try any of these, do let me know the result.
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