Purpose: To build management and team leader awareness to recognize important emotional signals. This is a good prelude to emotional intelligence training.
Time: 5 – 15 minutes
Resources: Pens, quiz paper
Process: Divide participants into teams of 2-4 members. The bigger the group – the longer it takes.
Give each team a quiz page. The goal of the team is to match up an attitude/tone word with the correct definition.
Construct your quiz page using the words from the answer key below and scramble the definitions.
Have team members draw a line between the word and the appropriate definition. Use all the words and definitions.
Time the event.
At the end of the game, hand out an answer key to each table and have the team members self correct.
A game variation would be to build two sets of cards. One set with a tone/attitude word on each card. The other with a definition. Give a set to each team and have the team members match the word with a definition. At the end of the game, hand out the answer key so the teams can self correct.
- accusatory-charging of wrong doing
- apathetic-indifferent due to lack of energy or concern
- awe-solemn wonder
- bitter-exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief
- cynical-questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people
- condescension; condescending-a feeling of superiority
- callous-unfeeling, insensitive to feelings of others
- contemplative-studying, thinking, reflecting on an issue
- critical-finding fault
- choleric-hot-tempered, easily angered
- contemptuous-showing or feeling that something is worthless or lacks respect
- caustic-intense use of sarcasm; stinging, biting
- conventional-lacking spontaneity, originality, and individuality
- didactic-author attempts to educate or instruct the reader
- derisive-ridiculing, mocking
- earnest-intense, a sincere state of mind
- erudite-learned, polished, scholarly
- fanciful-using the imagination
- forthright-directly frank without hesitation
- gloomy-darkness, sadness, rejection
- haughty-proud and vain to the point of arrogance
- indignant-marked by anger aroused by injustice
- intimate-very familiar
- judgmental-authoritative and often having critical opinions
- lyrical-expressing a poet’s inner feelings; emotional; full of images; song-like
- matter-of-fact–accepting of conditions; not fanciful or emotional
- mocking-treating with contempt or ridicule
- morose-gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent
- malicious-purposely hurtful
- objective-an unbiased view-able to leave personal judgments aside
- optimistic-hopeful, cheerful
- obsequious-polite and obedient in order to gain something
- patronizing-air of condescension
- pessimistic-seeing the worst side of things; no hope
- quizzical-odd, eccentric, amusing
- ribald-offensive in speech or gesture
- reverent-treating a subject with honor and respect
- ridiculing-slightly contemptuous banter; making fun of
- reflective-illustrating innermost thoughts and emotions
- sarcastic-sneering, caustic
- sardonic-scornfully and bitterly sarcastic
- satiric-ridiculing to show weakness in order to make a point, teach
- sincere-without deceit or pretense; genuine
- solemn-deeply earnest, tending toward sad reflection
- sanguineous -optimistic, cheerful
- whimsical-odd, strange, fantastic; fun
Word list source: Associated Press