This personalized card deck will surprise and delight your team. Simply gather pictures of your team, the funnier the better. After that, determine what questions you want them to answer. The questions go on the backs of the cards.
When I did this, I had some fun photos from the previous year’s retreat with a team that made it extra funny.
You could even use a team picture instead of individual pictures – or use a team logo or vision statement to personalize the deck.
I used this icebreaker activity as a fun energizer at the beginning of a very intense work meeting. This team wanted to insert some fun in between budgeting, writing objectives, and calendaring, so we used these cards as a quick activity, that generated some laughter while they learned new things about each other.
Another approach would be to lay a deck like this on a table and anytime someone needed a “break” from the intensity, they could choose a card and ask someone to answer it.
You could also write more serious or team-related questions to tie it to your meeting purpose.
I got the cards made at Make Playing Cards for less than $10. It takes a few weeks to get them shipped (unless you pay extra to expedite), so be sure to do this early. I had the idea the week before and paid the $30 rush fee to get it in time. Next time, I’ll do it sooner for a super affordable activity.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and Forward, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.
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