Sparking Engagement

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

VisualsSpeak Core: What’s On The Docket?

Purpose: This Core Icebreaker gets people immediately focused on the topic, and gets insights on your group’s perceptions of the meeting, which may or may not be in alignment with what you planned.

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 related to today’s topic.

Variant: Choose an image that represents something related to today’s topic of ________.

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 The Story I Wish For?

Purpose: This Core Icebreaker helps people start to surface the story they hold around the topic.

Process:

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

Prompt: Find images that tell parts of the story you wish was true about the topic (specify the topic.)

Variant:

  • Tell a story that relates to the topic (specify the topic.)

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaming Up

Purpose: This exercise gets people engaged in a conversation about effective teams and not-so-effective ones. It will give you information on what your participants want to better team.

Process:

  • Give each small group an opportunity to talk about their response to the question or prompt.
  • Have the groups report back to the room as a whole.

Prompt: Find five images that mean something about teamwork.

Variant:

  • Find five images that mean something about this group.
  • Find five images that mean something about effective teams.

Tips:

  • Break participants into small groups for greater interaction
  • Emphasize that you are asking people to drill down into their statements about teams or the group. Get them to list specifics.
  • Observe how the group negotiates the selection of images.
  • Observe how the small groups choose to report back.
  • Observe what happens if two small groups want to use the same picture.

 

The Visual Icebreaker is also available in a printed version