Team building or ice breaker exercises are a great way to start a hotel sales meeting. Over the years, I’ve collected several that work for different circumstances. “The Pig” is a great exercise to use in times of transition — either when you as the Director of Sales & Marketing are new to a team, or when you have a number of new sellers at your hotel.
Start the exercise without much explanation, just reading the instructions (listed below). After everyone has drawn a pig and heard about what their drawings say about their personality, usually laughing along the way, you can tie the seemingly silly exercise back to your bigger point.
What is the bigger point?
Even though you know a lot about yourself, hearing what your drawing of a pig says about your personality can give you new insight. Finding out more about your team mates can help you work with them more effectively. And in general, although you know a lot about a given subject, there are always new ways of looking at it and new things to learn.
Without further ado, The Pig!
THE PIG PERSONALITY PROFILE
Instructions: On a blank piece of paper, draw a pig. Don’t look at your neighbor’s pig! Take about three minutes to draw.
Once everyone is finished, use the following to explain that the way you drew your pig tells a lot about your personality.
Don’t shoot the messenger; I didn’t draw your pig!
The results are as follows:
- If the pig is drawn toward the top of the paper you are a positive & optimistic person.
- If the pig is drawn towards the middle of the page you are a realist.
- If the pig is drawn toward the bottom of the page, you are pessimistic & and have a tendency to behave negatively.
- If the pig is facing left, you believe in tradition, are friendly, and remember dates and birthdays.
- If the picture is facing forward (towards you) you are direct, enjoy playing the devil’s advocate and neither fear nor avoid discussion.
- If the pig is facing right, you are innovative and active, but have neither a sense of family, nor remember dates.
- If the pig is drawn with many details, you are analytical, cautious, and distrustful.
- If the pig is drawn with few details, you are emotional, naive, care little for detail, and take risks.
- If the pig is drawn with four legs showing, you are secure, stubborn, and stick to your ideals.
- If the pig is drawn with less than four legs showing, you are insecure, or are living through a period of major change.
- The larger the pig’s ears you have drawn, the better listener you are.
- And last but not least . . . the longer the pig’s tail you have drawn, the more satisfied you are with the quality of your life.
*Note: I learned about this exercise so long ago that I can’t remember the source! If you know who originated this wonderful ice breaker, please let me know in the comments.