An icebreaker to introduce oneself and learn more about others in any workshop or meeting
The Personal Crest is used as a way of introducing people in a group.
- Sheets of Blank Paper (11"x17" or A3) per participant
- Several Colored Markers or Crayons
- Something to stick the crests to the wall such as masking tape
- A Coat of Arms or a Family Crest is a symbol of the family's name or history.
- In this exercise participants have an opportunity to create their own.
- The parameters are:
- A symbol representing something they are proud of accomplishing personally
- A symbol representing something they are proud of accomplishing professionally
- A symbol representing a personal future goal they wish to accomplish
- A symbol representing a professional future goal they wish to accomplish
- Ask the group to now draw (no artistic ability required) a picture of one or more of these things. Some crests have 1, 2, 3 or even 4 parts to them.
- After everyone is done, ask everyone to bring them up to the facilitator. The facilitator scrambles them and puts them on the wall with tape.
- Everyone takes a look as if in an art gallery
- Ask the group gathered around one.
- First, ask who they think drew this one. ?
- What do you think the symbols mean?
- Ask the creator to say who they are and what the symbols mean to them.
- Continue until all have shared their stories
Usual or Expected Outcomes: personal crests and a deeper understanding of people in the group
Potential pitfalls: People see it a silly and a waste of time
Derived from: Michael Rubell mrubell@TeamWorksIntl.com on the Training Ideas Listserve
Alternative names: Family Crest; Coat of Arms