Inheritance

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Overview: Inheritance is the perfect quirky exercise for your next sales or marketing meeting. This activity is a quick and inexpensive way to get your team engaged and creatively working together. Inform your participants that they have just inherited an extensive collection of thousands of used clothing buttons from a distant great aunt. Participants must work in teams to market and sell their newfound inheritance. Encourage your participants to think out-of-the-box with potential company names, slogans, jingles, and commercials. Each team will have the opportunity to present their pitch to the group. The team that comes up with the most creative button pitch will win office bragging rights!

Equipment Required: None. However, poster board and markers for each team are encouraged.

Space Required: None. This activity can even be completed remotely.

Group Size: 6 to 50 people.

Total Time: 10-25 minutes.

  • 5 minutes to brief the activity.
  • 10-15 minutes for teams to work on their pitch/marketing ideas.
  • 5-15 minutes for teams to present their pitch.

Instructions:

  1. Divide your group into teams of 3-5 participants each.
  2. Brief your group on the activity. Inform your participants that you have exciting news! They have just inherited an extensive collection of thousands of used and unique clothing buttons from a distant great aunt. Participants now must work in teams to market and sell their newfound inheritance. Encourage your participants to think out-of-the box with potential company names, slogans, jingles, and commercials. Each team will have the opportunity to pitch the group and the team that comes up with the most creative button pitch wins office bragging rights!
  3. Give each team 10-15 minutes to create their pitch.
  4. Have each of the teams present their pitch to the group.
  5. Award the winning pitch. You may even choose multiple winners. For example, most creative, most comical, most likely to sell their entire inheritance, etc.

Learning Outcomes

  • Communication
  • Quick Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Sales Skills
  • Cooperation

Suggested Review Questions

  • How well did you work as a team?
  • Did your team brainstorm well together?
  • What were your team’s strengths?
  • What were your team’s challenges?
  • What surprised you about this activity?
  • What is one thing that you can take away from this activity?
  • What did you enjoy most about this activity?

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