IAF Methods

Personal Crest:

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An icebreaker to introduce oneself and learn more about others in any workshop or meeting

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Goal

The Personal Crest is used as a way of introducing people in a group.

Attachments

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Materials

  • 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

Instructions

Before

none


During

Introduction

  1. A Coat of Arms or a Family Crest is a symbol of the family's name or history.
  2. In this exercise participants have an opportunity to create their own.
  3. 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


  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Everyone takes a look as if in an art gallery
  7. 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.


  8. Continue until all have shared their stories

After

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

Background

Derived from: Michael Rubell  mrubell@TeamWorksIntl.com on the Training Ideas Listserve

Alternative names: Family Crest; Coat of Arms

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  • I like the way this creates a reflective beginning of a session for each individual.

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