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The Empty Chair – Free Energiser

Duration: 15 minutes

Intended for:

This free energiser is really just to lighten the mood of a group, perhaps when they have been discussing a very heated topic or when you want to reduce them to laughter for any other reason.

Note: The energiser is best used with people who are very comfortable with each other and have a sense of humour. Be sensitive to anyone who might have an issue with the game.

Training course contents:

A set of instructions for the training energiser, ‘The Empty Chair’ can be downloaded for free from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follw the notes below.


Participants sit on chairs in one large circle in the room. Within the circle there should be one empty chair.

The person who has this empty chair to his right says: “My right place is empty; I wish that John was a monkey and was sitting here”. John must act like a monkey and then move to the empty chair. The activity then continues with the person who has the empty chair on his right who can choose whichever person he wants and whatever animal.

Continue the energiser until you think it has run its course and everyone is smiling.


Great energiser for lightening the mood or reducing people to tears of laughter!

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The Empty Chair – Free Energiser


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