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How to Use Clock Buddies

The Clock Buddies Training Tool


The free Clock Buddies tool provided here allows you to quickly and efficiently pair people up. You can change the pairing by calling a different symbol. When you call the symbol everyone can look at their respective disks to find out who they need to partner with. It's an incredibly fast pairing mechanism and it can scale up to cover a lot of people. 

You can use the clock buddies tool for:

  • Business training courses
  • Teaching in schools
  • Lecturering in universities
  • Tutorial
  • Sports
  • Speed networking 
  • Speed dating

Another similar method is Compass Buddies though this is limited to 8 people (after 8 main directions on a compass). The Clock Buddies generator here doesn't have this limitaiton.

You can find out more on how the generator works by reading our guide on clock buddies.

The Clock Buddies tool allows you to quickly generate all disks with the correct details on them for a number of participants. You no longer need complicated clock buddies templates, samples, worksheets or charts. Just add the names of the participants to the tool and generate one disk for each person.

The following video shows how the tool works.



How to Generate Printable Handouts

  1. Simply add the names of the participants in your class to the text box below. The tool supports up to 26 people.
  2. Choose the type of symbols you want to display on the disks. For example you can choose the English Alphabet.
  3. Click on “Generate Clock Buddies” to produce a disk for each person.
  4. Click on “Print Ready” to get a version ready for printing. Each disk is printed on a separate page. You can then cut them to shape or even laminate them for extended use. You can also easily export the clock buddies as PDF. 

How to Use

  • Suppose Katie, Ali, Samia, Sherin, Liz and Nicola are in the class and each have their own disks (with their name on the centre of it).
  • You call, “Class, get into groups with your ‘B’ partners”.
  • Everyone now looks at their disks, finds the name of the person next to ‘B’, and pairs up with that person. For example, Samia goes with Katie, Ali goes with Nikola and Sherin goes with Liz.
  • Calling each symbol leads to a different pattern so you can constantly mix the groups. For example, with pattern D, Liz goes with Katie, Ali goes with Sherin and Samia goes with Nicola.
  • Note that if you have an odd number of people, one person should either work alone or should join a pair to form a group of 3. You should instruct as necessary. This is marked as “Stay Out / Join a Pair” on the disk for that person.

Applications and Variations 

You can also use the tool for speed networking or speed dating where you need to pair people up systematically, among several other applications. Normally, you can use their names in the tool, but then they have to find each other by name. If they don't know each other, this can be difficult, specially for a large group. As an alternative solution, you can assign them an ID (e.g. #1, #23,...) and print it in large font on labels. Get them to stick this on their upper chests. Now they can glance around and quickly search the room to find the person with the right number. For this solution, in the clock buddies tool below, add the list of IDs as their names. For example, you can call beta configuration and ID #3 can then look for ID #7, pair up and network until the time is up where you can then call the next symbol, for example teta, and the process repeats.


We are eager to know what you think of this tool. Please let us know if you require new features. Please either use the comments section of the guide to clock buddies to share your views. If there is enough requests, we will consider generating clock buddies for groups of 3 or 4. 



You must click on “Generate Clock Buddies” first to create the disks and then click on “Print Ready” to open them in a clean page ready for printing. 

Clock Buddies Generator

Please add the list of participants below. Add the name of each person on a separate line.