Leadership Inspirations Activities

Human Billboards

Groups will tell each other about themselves by designing ‘human billboards’

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils, 8.5×11 Paper

 

SUMMARY

Group members will create ‘billboards’ for themselves that depict important things for others to know about them. They will have the opportunity to share and to get to know something about everyone in their group through this creative experience.

 

SET UP

  • Provide paper and markers, crayons, or colored pencils.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Tell your group that they will creating a ‘Human Billboard’ for themselves. On the piece of paper they will draw or write anything they want to share about themselves.
  • Give them ten minutes or so to fill the page.
  • Then give everyone time to mingle, holding up their paper for others to see. They can ask any (appropriate) questions they want to ask others about what’s on their billboard. Give participants the ability to ‘pass’ if they don’t feel comfortable answering a particular question.
  • Give your group 10-15 minutes to mingle with each other. Encourage them to try to learn at least one thing about each person in the room.
  • Safety: This can be considered a higher risk getting to know you activity. Assure group members that they only have to share things that they feel comfortable sharing with others in the group and remind all participants to be respectful of each other’s experiences.

VARIATIONS

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Feedback

  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?