Yes, But... Yes, And...

  • 5-10 mins
  • Pure Interpersonal Play
  • communication, 
  • trust, 
  • creativity, 
  • teamwork, 
  • productivity, 
  • resilience

Everyday conversations can open up the possibilities of new ideas. Instead of shutting down an idea with a ‘but’ try opening it up with a ‘yes and’.

It was quick, basic, and fun. Everyone could individualise their answer and it allowed everyone to participate.


Every session is different. This game can open up discussion for numerous different outcomes; some takeaway message include:

  • Teamwork
    • Every day of your adult lives you've played 'yes, but'. It's a polite way of saying no; of coming up with an excuse not to do something instead of just giving it a go. This game is about reframing your mindset and challenging yourself to see problems as opportunities.
  • Resilience
    • The reason role-play makes us so uncomfortable is because we don’t know what’s about to happen. Putting ourselves in a consequence-free situation where we can practice dealing with that discomfort builds resilience and better equips us to deal with the unexpected when it shows up in the real world.
Ask us about the other outcomes related to this game.

Extension options

  • Yes, And SOLER
    • In this extension option, we introduce SOLER methodology; use your body language to encourage others to open up to you.

Case studies

We ran a communication workshop for Uni SA’s ‘Aspire’ program, in which students with a strong leadership record were encouraged to apply. Participants from many CALD backgrounds supported each other to step out of their comfort zones and explore the way we use language; with our words and our bodies.

Goes well with these games

our process
our clients
our games
our blog
about us
contact us
book a consult