The activity serves as a brief energiser during a workshop, and helps to get creativity flowing. At the end of this method, each team member will be a little more familiar with each other.
Encourage personal or professional reflection, and help a team get to know each other a little better.
Ask each team member for their answers to the following question: “If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?”
One-by-one, ask each person to explain their choices to the rest of the group.
You may need to divide the audience into smaller groups of 3-4 to discuss their wishes.
If you'd like to make this activity a little longer or trickier, you could blend this activity with the popular 'Two Truths and One Lie'. Therefore, two of the wishes could be true, with one wish as a lie. The other team members must decide which 'wish' is made up.
You may also like to choose either personal or professional wishes, depending on what the team feel most comfortable expressing and the desired outcome.
As an additional step, you could ask the audience to search for an image which sums up their wish, and you could encourage each participant to share an image or GIF which represents their wish for the audience to guess!
During this activity, everyone will learn something new about their co-workers, whether or not you use the variation or not.
If you've chosen professional wishes, then ask the team to assess how well they're aligned towards a common goal.
If you've chosen personal wishes, encourage each team member to reflect on why these choices are important to them, and whether they would change their mind after hearing their colleagues' desires.
Tips for running this activity online
- Pick an online whiteboard tool that allows you to use a large, zoomable canvas.
- Set up a spot for each participant to place their three wishes, spread them out just like you would do it on the walls of a room.
- Invite participants to zoom in and visit each person’s section during the review section of this exercise.
- We recommend asking participants to find a GIF, image or video representation of their wishes and add them to their section. The more fun, the better!
- If you’re not using an online whiteboard, we’d recommend using a collaboration tool such as Google Docs to collect everyone’s wishes under a separate heading for each person. Invite everyone into the document to share their wishes but be very clear in regards to editing rights.
- When facilitating group discussion, we’d recommend that participants use non-verbal means to indicate they’d like to speak. You can use tools like Zoom’s nonverbal feedback tools, a reaction emoji, or just have people put their hands up.The facilitator can then invite that person to talk.