Back to Back
A Great Communication Game

A communication game? … Can this possibly be any fun?

  • Back-to-Back is a blast with a group of people. All participants, players and observers alike are engaged. Just watching the communication take place can result in gut-bursting laughter.

In what type of settings is Back-to-Back a useful communication tool?

  • As an icebreaker in small groups (retreats/entertainment)
  • At family gatherings (entertainment)
  • For rainy-day grade school play time (education/entertainment)
  • For employee training and team building (corporate)
  • At marriage seminars (counseling)
  • As a learning tool in foreign language classes (education)
  • In communication classes (education)

What types of things can the instruction-giver (Player-One) say?

  • Player One is free to say anything to help the receiver understand what he/she is constructing.

The instruction receiver (Player Two) can only say YES, NO, REPEAT. Why?

  • This forces Player One to give creative and clear instruction to Player Two...showing the importance of good communication and how difficult it can be.

What if I’m unable to sit on the floor to play
Back-To-Back?

  • Try sitting in chairs back to back and set up two card tables or TV trays.
  • Polyethylene accessory tabletop dividers are available to play at a table. (see order form)

When is a playing session completed?

  • After all the blocks have been placed on the playing surface by both Players. They are then free to look at each other 's structures. How well did they do?
  • Evaluate the structures. Are they identical? Is there only a slight variation? Or... are they not even close? Was the communication process successful or should the Players try again?

We’ve played Back-to-Back and love it.  Are there any variations to how it can be played?

  • Try adding a time limit to the playing session, say ... 7 minutes.
  • Or...after building the structure, remodel it. After the last block is placed, move the blocks around on the playing surface...building another structure without removing all the blocks from the playing surfaces

Our toddler has permanently hidden one of the game pieces. What do we do?

  • Game pieces can be purchased for a minimal fee plus shipping. (see the order form).

Fido chewed a hole in the game bag... can we get a new one?

  • All game components are available for a minimal fee plus shipping. (see the order form).

What if my grandchild puts a wooden block in his mouth? Is it safe?

  • The wooden blocks have been finished with a non-toxic stain and finish.
  • The wooden blocks are sized large enough so that they can not be swallowed.

We have a large company. Can this communication game be useful for us?

  • Back-To-Back is a great corporate training tool. Instructions are included to promote and demonstrate good two-way communication.

Describe how Back-to-Back can be used in a corporate training session.

  • A group leader (Facilitator) sits or stands at a table facing away from the group (Participants.) The Participants are seated at tables - or on the floor in casual settings. An identical set of 15 blocks and a playing surface is placed in front of the Facilitator and all Participants. The Facilitator gives instruction as he constructs a structure on his playing surface. The Group follows those instructions, through the building process.

    Polyethylene accessory tabletop dividers are available, so Participants can not see each others structure during the playing session. (see order form)

    Back-To-Back can be used in a large group…or divide into smaller groups of 8 or less.

  • Or... choose 2 Participants with the group observing.

How can a Facilitator demonstrate the need for good communication?

  • Try varying the communication process:

    1. Try ONE-WAY COMMUNICATION. Facilitator gives instructions – Group Participants are not allowed to speak or ask questions.

    2. Try limited TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION: The Facilitator freely gives instructions, while the Participants are limited to using the words YES, NO, REPEAT.

    3. Try unlimited TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION. The Facilitator freely gives instructions and the Participants are free to ask questions.

  • Evaluate the group's results. Discuss how well the session went. What was the group's observation within the different types of communication - ONE-WAY, TWO-WAY LIMITED, TWO-WAY UNLIMITED? Apply this to everyday life... with co-workers...family and friends.

We want to use this communication game in a corporate training session with a large group. How do we keep the Participants from looking at each other's progress?

  • Polyethylene accessory tabletop dividers are available for playing at tables. These allow multiple Participants to sit at tables together for large group exercises. (see order form).
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