Building Trust

Find out more about when to use the exercises in this section.

VisualsSpeak Core: Can I Trust You?

Purpose: This Core Icebreaker provides an opportunity to start the process of finding out what trust means to the group.

Process:

  • State the prompt
  • Give participants 30 seconds to select an image
  • Participants share about their response with the group
  • Debrief

Prompt: What is trust?

Variant:

  • What does trust look like?

Debrief:

  • What was the process like for you?
  • What did you notice?
  • Was there anything interesting or surprising?
  • Do you have any new insights?
  • Did you notice any patterns or trends?
  • Does anyone want to add anything else?

VisualsSpeak Core: Trust for Success

Purpose: This Core Icebreaker gives people a chance to talk about what success looks like to them. Answers will help indicate how trust can be built or eroded.

Process:

  • State the prompt
  • Give participants 30 seconds to select an image
  • Participants share about their response with the group
  • Debrief

Prompt: Choose an image that reminds you of a great work experience.

Variants:

  • Choose an image that reminds you of a successful group or team.
  • Choose an image that reminds you of a great learning experience.

Debrief:

  • What was the process like for you?
  • What did you notice?
  • Was there anything interesting or surprising?
  • Do you have any new insights?
  • Did you notice any patterns or trends?
  • Does anyone want to add anything else?

VisualsSpeak Core: What Do I Value?

Purpose: People value a variety of characteristics in others. Having an idea of what those things are for others in the group can build a foundation of trust.

Process:

  • State the prompt
  • Give participants 30 seconds to select an image
  • Participants share about their response with the group
  • Debrief

Prompt: What represents a quality you appreciate in others?

Variants:

  • What do you value in a group?

Debrief:

  • What was the process like for you?
  • What did you notice?
  • Was there anything interesting or surprising?
  • Do you have any new insights?
  • Did you notice any patterns or trends?
  • Does anyone want to add anything else?

Points of View

Purpose: One quality that is helpful in building trust is curiosity. This exercise helps participants learn how another’s viewpoint can enhance their own.

Process:

  • Get in small groups of 3-5 people.
  • Ask participants to select an image that represents something about the topic/focus of the session.
  • Have each person share his or her idea about how their image  relates to the topic.
  • Have everyone else in the group add other possibilities about how the topic and image relate to one another.

Note: If you can’t break up into small groups, allow extra time for this exercise.

Prompt: Pick an image that says something about (our topic/focus).

Variant:

  • Pick an image that seems important in relationship to (topic of session).

Debrief:

  • What did you learn from other people’s viewpoints?
  • Did you get ideas that were helpful?

The Visual Icebreaker is also available in a printed version