Conducting a Mini-Assessment

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

 

VisualsSpeak Core: Gooooooooalllll!

Purpose: This Core Icebreaker gives some indications of what people’s goals are. What are they lacking or needing to accomplish these goals?

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 represents something you hope to accomplish here today.

Variant:

  • Choose an image that represents something you hope to accomplish as part of the 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?

VisualsSpeak Core: What Do You Need?

Purpose: This Core Icebreaker gives some indications of what people’s needs are. What are they lacking or needing to do their jobs or to get ahead?

Process:

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

Prompt: What is something you hope to learn today?

Variant:

  • What is something you hope is covered today?

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’s Bugging You?

Purpose: This Core Icebreaker gives participants a chance to air any grievances at the beginning so that the session doesn’t get sabotaged later on. It is often best to get the negative thoughts and feelings cleared out at the beginning.

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 represents something you don’t want to see in the group.

Variant:

  • Choose an image that represents something you don’t want to see in the session.

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?

Speedy Assessment

Purpose: This exercise gives participants a chance to begin discussing the range of topics they are interested in—and not interested in.

Process:

  • Ask people to select two images in response to the prompt.

Prompt: Select an image that represents something important to you about the topic of the session and one image that represents something not important (or far less important).

Variant:

  • Select an image that represents something that is interesting about the topic of the session and one image that represents something not interesting.

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?

The Visual Icebreaker is also available in a printed version